Stone Old Guardian Belgo-Barley Wine

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


on tap


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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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Lagunitasfan (1323) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 17, 2011
At Stone for Winterstorm. Copper-orange in the glass. Creamy eggshell/yellow head. Nose is great. Sweet Belgian and spicy. Taste is same. Mid citrus. Just great. All sorts of sweet spiciness moving around all the way to the shock of the alhocol and b-wine warmth. Neither Belgian nor barley wine, but really good.

JoeMcPhee (10189) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 17, 2011
Tap at RNH. Deep amber pour with a tight head. The nose is really lovely. A light spiciness over some soft apricot. Chewy malt sweetness over some light peppery alcohol. A little bit of estery sweetness as well. Spicy and lightly earthy with a lingering spiciness. It’s more boozy than I recall Old Guardian being. Warming finish.

gorditoabd (637) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 16, 2011
Bomber. Belgo. Scary. Pours a homebrew caramel hue. Almost no head, but that may be due to my ultra flat pour. Arpmas are faint, if any, but what could escape from the thick jell-o that is this beer? We’ll see. Taste is oddly sour, though perhaps that’s just the belgian yeast? Has it’s solid Old Guardian points, sweet, warm, bitey, but the sourness throws me for a loop. A 2nd taste confirms it... the Belgo almost nullifies everything about the "normal" barleywine qualities of this brew. Interesting? Sure. Good...? Almost. My cup of beer? Not so much.

papajohn (1250) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - FEB 16, 2011
Bomber from Marine Mart Miramar: Deep reddish-ambeer color with a modest light beige head. Aroma is sweet and citrusy. Flavor starts rich cherry followed by lots of citrus and a lingering dry grapefruit bitter finish with a light alcohol burn. Full body sticky with modereate carbonation.

HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - FEB 15, 2011
Clear ruby red pour with offwhite head, dies down really quickly. Aroma is fruity belgian yeast. Kind of like Sunny D-like citrus and bananas. Some bubblegum. Slight alcohol. Flavor of powdered citus drink, banana, light bitter hops, candy apple. Apparent sweetness. Full bodied. Fair amount of carbonation. I really have no desire to ever drink this again.

JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - FEB 11, 2011
I had this at Stone brewing during the Beer/Cigar dinner that Dr. Bill put on. Given it was evening and dark outside, the color of the beer appeared to be amber with some red highlights. The initial aroma and flavor had the Belgian sweetness followed by some maltiness. I’ll need to resample this one at a later time

badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - FEB 6, 2011
Clear golden orange with a creamy white head. Great grapefruit citrus caramel and Belgian yeast aroma and taste with a nice sweet spice flavor to the finish.

ChainGangGuy (4949) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 31, 2011
Appearance: Reasonably clear, amber-gold body with a thinning, white head. Smell: Very modest hints of caramel and bread underscoring the simple pale maltiness, a splash of hot orange liqueur, and the expectedly spicy notes from the new yeast strain. Taste: Sweet and candyish on the first sip. Lightly bready pale malts, some hints of caramel, but they’re mainly overridden by a cutting sugariness. Soft touches of clove as well as coriander. Cirusy hops, prominently featuring an orange-like flavor, with a firm bitterness. Like the original version, the alcohol really shines through. Dry, bitter finish with ample alcoholic warmth and some roundabout phenolic accents. Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Some noted stickiness to the mouthfeel. Drinkability: Truth be told, the Old Guardian barleywine was never at top of my favorite barleywines list, and was always one I generally considered to be merely OK. Dosing it with a Belgian strain, well, it’s still OK, but now with a different yeast.

jonno (3042) - JAPAN - DEC 26, 2010
On tap at Churchills. The yeast really marks the hoppy finish associated with this beer, making it much more a beglian strong pale. Quite spicy and sweet, with a fair bit of pointy phenol. Lots of alcohol - making it a rich and oddly underwhelming experience.

zdk (1917) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 19, 2010
Tap at RnH for Stone tap takeover: phenolic, cinnamon, sugar and cloves. Sharp carbonation, caramel and toasty, toffee malts. Astringent finish.

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