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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nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - MAR 28, 2010
On tap at PP Belgian Fest. Copper clear color. Aromas of belgian yeast and bread. Plenty of bitter hops with a tad sweet malt. Pretty dry finish overall. Not loving this one.

kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 27, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2011
Name: Old Guardian 2010, Belgo
Date: March 13, 2010
Mode: Growler
Source: Tasting, RBWG 2010
Appearance: hazy burnt orange, wispy beige head, bits of lace
Aroma: big spicy phenolic aroma, sweet fruity esters
Flavor: sweet malt flavor, caramel and estery sweetness, plenty of earthyness with a touch of spicy phenols

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.6/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *** /4

Name: Old Guardian 2011, Belgo
Date: June 16, 2011
Mode: Draft
Source: Taco Mac, The Fred
Appearance: clear dark rusty red, creamy beige head, solid lace
Aroma: sweet and spicy aroma, caramel sweetness, fruity esters, lots of phenolic spicyness to match the esters and the sweetness of the base barleywine
Body: creamy body
Flavor: sweet malt flavor, lots of caramel sweetness, touch of candy, fruity esters, robust spicyness with a light earthyness provides great balance, long bitter finish with a spicy phenolic edge

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.7/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *** /4

bu11zeye (13288) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 26, 2010
(Growler) Pours a clear deep amber body with a moderate off-white head. Aroma of Belgian yeast, cherry, toffee, caramel, and brown sugar. Flavor of caramel, fruit, grass, bread, pear, and Belgian yeast with a bitter finish.

daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 16, 2010
Brownish pour. Odd aroma. Is it a BW or a belgian ale? Its both. Of course. But the BW gets totally lost. It tastes very much like an extra sweet belgian golden ale. Maybe a bit yeastier. Maybe some more body. Good, but a bit perplexing.

Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 16, 2010
In short: A sweet fruity caramelized Belgian strong ale. Or is it a barley wine with a fruity yeast Belgian character? Good brew
How: Tap at Extreme Beer Fest 2010.
The look: Partly cloudy dark golden body topped by an off-white ring of foam
In long: Pleasant basic sweet fruity nose. Taste is fruity (no specific fruits), sweet (caramel, brown sugar), some leafy hops. A bit yeasty. Lively carbonation and mouthfeel. Overall it did come through as a cross Belgian strong ale and a barley wine to me. So I’d say that Stone were successful at creating this crossover beer. It’s not great but I’m surprised to see the rather low ratings so far on this nice offering. I hope Stone bottles it. It is a nice change. And I always welcome change. Especially late at night, drunk and standing in front of a vending machine full of Twinkies.

Jblauvs (1357) - Chester, Vermont, USA - MAR 15, 2010
EBF amber pour with a beige head. Aroma is fruity esters pear, light plum, some melon. Also some light spiciness and candi sugar, boozey as well. Flavor is sweet candi and bubblegum with interesting fruitiness as well. Boozey, More of the pear melon, slightly dry finish. Interesting new stone

FSUScott (112) - Rome, Georgia, USA - MAR 13, 2010
good cloudy amber color. sweet heavy aroma. bitter taste with a hint of sweet. decent.

Rciesla (5498) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAR 10, 2010
EBF. Pours a an amber toned body with an off white head. Candied fruit, loads of fruit esters that are pear, bubble gum sweetness, candied fruit, and some light brown sugar tones. Sweet and chewy with a sweet modest warming. Okay.

AmEricanbrew (7080) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - FEB 26, 2010
Clear amber color/ white head. Light floral hop, pit fruit, spicy yeast aromas. Smooth medium body. Candi sugar sweet, heavy pit fruit, spicy flavors with a bitter finish. [email protected] Winter Storm.

punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - FEB 22, 2010
1L swing top growler thanks to DuffManSW. Dark amber pour with a huge, frothy, white head and great lacing. The aroma is heavy on the banana and clove with notes of caramel and dates with some spicy rye like malt component and pine needles. The flavor is again dominated by banana-clove esters. It’s a little spicy. There’s notes of tree fruit and a lot of alcohol. The flavors seem to clash a little bit. The heavy hops and belgian yeast don’t work perfectly together. The body is creamy and full with soft carbonation and an alcohol bite.

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