Stone Old Guardian Belgo-Barley Wine

Formerly brewed at Stone Brewing
Style: Barley Wine
Escondido, California USA
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 466   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
When our illustrious brewing team spiked a few barrels of the Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine with our Belgian yeast strain last year, we absolutely loved it. So much, in fact, that we knew we needed an excuse to make more. So, in our unending quest to constantly challenge the status quo (even our own), we came up with Odd Beers for Odd Years, a program to release odd beers – e.g. Stone Old Guardian BELGO Barley Wine – in odd years (2011, 2013, 2015…). It was met with a bit of resistance (to say the least) since we weren’t originally offering the traditional Old Guardian alongside it, but we’ve mended our ways and decided to make both. You’re welcome.

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Svesse (8796) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - FEB 15, 2014
(Bottle) Hazy reddish amber colour with frothy, beige head. Malty, fruity nose with notes of orange marmalade, dried apricots, rye bread, honey, citrus peel, red fruit, caramel and hints of spices. Malty, fruity taste with caramel, apricots, rye bread, orange peel, marmalade, hints of liquorice and spices (clove?) and a certain sweetness and alcohol bite in a finish with a good citric bitterness. Almost full body, soft and chewy mouthfeel. Quite sweet. Solid and well made barley wine with a spicy touch. Very nice.

maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 1, 2014
Bottle at Commercial Taphouse on 04/14/2011. Clear copper amber body with a small creamy tan head. Sweet banana, clove, belgian yeast and caramel aroma. Sweet banana, clove, belgian yeast, fruit, caramel, and slight alcohol flavor. Medium full body with moderately high carbonation.

Sunni05 (33) - Florida, USA - DEC 31, 2013
Very thick like a Barley Wine should be. Hint of figs and apricots. Nice bitter the hoppiness! The aroma of apricots mixed with the piny scent of the hops makes your nose come alive. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

jtclockwork (17264) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 13, 2013
Bottle. Pours reddish brown with off white head. Nose and taste of sweet caramel, sticky orange candy, Belgian yeast, toffee, light oxidation/sherry, fruity esters and touch of banana bubblegum. Medium body.

PriorL (3068) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 18, 2013
TAP at Chez Moeder Lambic during "Moeder Lambic Vs. Stone". Only found back scores, not ratings.

blklab2007 (2120) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 22, 2013
Draft cole house pizza. Pour has a deep burnt caramel color and a thin coating of off white head. Aroma has belgian yeast, light oxidation, sweet sticky malt, and light aged hops. Mouth feel is hefty with low carbonation. Flavor is rich on the malt, dark fruit, Belgian yeast, caramel, mild oxidation, and a bit of heat into a lingering finish.

shigadeyo (3790) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2013

2011 Odd Year Release

3/09/2011: Stone Old Guardian Belgo Barley Wine Style Ale... Aroma: Strong, yeasty, lots of ripe, fleshy fruits (peach, apricot, plum, orange, grapefruit); sharp, metallic alcohol (like rubbing alcohol at times). Appearance: Orange color (leaning toward amber), cloudy; dense, thick, and lasting ivory-colored head. Flavor: Lots of esters - very fruity with some banana, yeasty, Hawaiian bread, lots of bubblegum; plenty of alcohol shines through along with some burn. Palate: Overall: Definitely drinks like a Belgian Barleywine! Good, but I’ll take the "standard" Old Guardian over Belgo since this one is just quite a mouthful and shows every bit of 12% alcohol and maybe more...

1 Pint 6 Fl. Oz. bottle (12% Alc/Vol) from Marty’s Hops & Vines in Cincinnati, OH. Rating #431 for this beer.

gyllenbock (9846) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 22, 2013
Bottle bought at Systembolaget a couple of years ago. Slightly hazy amber with a small head. Malt, dried fruit, caramel and some alcohol. Also some light spices. Nicely balanced and a great one to sip.

Crispy34 (496) - Texas, USA - JUN 21, 2013
Draft. Aroma is of belgian yeast. The appearance is a reddish brown with a little tan head. The taste is belgian from the start. It is a muted belgian flavor, though. Palate is very belgian. Overall, good for being belgian, as in i would buy it again. I would not in most cases. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

Joakgust (1487) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 2, 2013
Bottle, 650ml - Hazy amber beer with a nice white head. Aroma is fruity with notes of spices, caramel, coconut, vanilla and dried apricots. Flavor is fruity with notes of spices, caramel, dried apricots, licorice, nuts, oranges and with hints of alcohol. Well balanced beer with a pleasant warming end which blends the two styles of Barley Wine and Belgian Strong ale nicely together.

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