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RATINGS: 1947   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 338   ABV: 11.26%
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A beautiful bold barley wine. Massive malt and hop notes. Silver Medal winner at the 2000 Great American Beer Festival in the Barley Wine category. Gold Medal winner at the 2002 World Beer Championships in the Barley Wine Category. Look for it in the first quarter of each new year. Can be cellared or enjoyed upon its release.

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4.1
surffisher (198) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 20, 2009
Early 2007 vintage 22 oz. bomber bottle. Pours cloudy peach-amber, with a small yellowish tan head that dissipates quickly but leaves some light lace when present. Sweet, malty, bready aroma with strong fruity esters (think apricot brandy). Flavor is still fairly hoppy, though now mostly bittering. Sweet, fruity, and boozy with some bready notes. Dry and warm on the finish. Medium full mouthfeel. Great, creamy palate with moderate very fine carbonation, and nice warmth in the finish. Real nice barleywine that has aged well.

4.4
reverendj (198) - Brunswick, Georgia, USA - MAY 11, 2010
Stone never ceases to amaze me......awesome brew after awesome brew! Sweet malt with hnts of apple and orange flavored citrus hops turn this potent brew into a fruity punch with a kick. With a high ABV, this brew will kick you in the teeth if abused. Thanks to Peggy for introducing me to this style of ale.

3.8
luv2brew (196) - Chesterfield, Virginia, USA - MAR 8, 2007
’07 edtition. The pour was beautiful wtih a small fading white head. It was a light copper in color. The malt nose was there and it was strong. An almost perfect balance of hops and malt. An oak-like caramel flavor. These guys know what they are doing. I do get an off tastes at the end, and I can’t quite explain it. It almost taste like grass or fresh hay. But the alcohol is there but not in your face. This is green, but no worries, I have two more to cellar.

4.2
GaltScat (195) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 11, 2007
Opaque brown with a large head that laced the glass as it disappeared. Aroma of molasses, hops, malt, grain, and fruit. Flavor was wonderful; an amazing experience. Bitter on the palate, alcohol was apparent in the flavor and in the mouth. Before the aroma, I expected a standard "barley wine." Old Guardian, however, was much more rich, much more well balanced, much more provocative.

4.3
HopasaurusRex (195) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2005
2004 Vintage-I don’t think I’ve given many 10’s for flavor before, but this beer hit it for me. Just a nice, well hopped b-wine. I wish I had a few more to age and see how it matures. Next time I’ll buy a case. One of the best beers Stone makes.

4.1
beerhandy (195) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 29, 2005
Nice light amber orange ,white head dissapears quickly leaving a slight film that the bubbles seek as I sip.Nice citrus hop aroma.Taste is sweet malt balanced with a lot of hops.. orange and grapefruit
when you swallow.A little more refined than bigfoot

4
hopslovin (194) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 7, 2007
2007 Bottle. Deep amber pour with foamy off-white head. Nice lace. Aromas of sweet malt, strawberries, brown sugar, and caramel. Hops, caramel, and melting chocolate flavors in taste. Beer is very sweet and has a big alcohol presence. 11.26% ABV is upfront and in your face. Nice mouthfeel. Sweet and bitter finish with an added dose of heat. Very nice. Looking forward to sampling a sample that has been put down for a few years.

4.1
hank37 (194) - banksia grove, AUSTRALIA - SEP 12, 2014
Pours a deep amber with generous white head. Aromas of stonefruit which is backed up in the taste, some spice and rich toffee flavours. Sensational.

4.1
aaronbr (193) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 30, 2010
Dark cloudy orange appearance, we’re sharing a bomber of this across three people. Hoppy and a bit spicy. I taste the alcohol on this one. Not too fizzy, it stays pretty soft. A sip of this is certainly a mouthful. This is a pretty good barleywine, very well balanced.

4.3
kromamc (192) - ITALY - AUG 29, 2010
colore ambrato scuro opalescente schiuma bianca sottile... naso delicatissimo: frutta secca cereali caramello... estremamente bilanciata al palato, gli 11,26% totalmente coperti... finale lungo e molto morbido... incredible!


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