craftbeersweden (675) - SWEDEN - JAN 18, 2014
2013 Classic Release. Released in Sweden june 2:nd 2013 and bought the same day. Managed to save a few bottles in my beercellar until today jan 18-2014 when I opened this one.
Hazy, copper beer with a biege-yellow big head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.
Nose: Caramel, cream, milk, orange, butter, banana, syrup, hops, malt and grass.
Taste: Burned malt, coffee, burned christmas candy, dark syrup, grapefruitcest and orange.
Body: Medium to full body. Oily. Little carbonation. The seven months in my cellar has only made this beer even better. A little bit more hazy and soft taste. WTF! This is sooo good! I just love Stone! How the h*** do they always deliver? Odysseyalien (73) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 8, 2015
Bottle aged from 2014. Still a good bit of carbonation on the pour. Sweet tropical fruit on the nose as well as on the palate. Truly delicious. I hadn’t been anticipating this year’s release but I am now. George999 (457) - Colorado, USA - FEB 24, 2016
From the bottle I’m rating the 2016 release of the old Guardian dry-hopped with Pekko hops. The pour is clear with burnt red hues and a medium off-white head, the aroma is initially hop and aromas of oak barrel aging, the taste is raisins, some caramel notes, little bit of hop and bitterness toward the finish. My overall impression is this is a complex flavored beer with different flavor notes that as the beer warms a little the other flavors will start coming forward. MetalNHopHead (1976) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - MAR 1, 2016
Leave it to Stone to craft one of the most aggressive and unapologetically West Coast style Barleywines I’ve ever tried. To be fair, there is a decent amount of caramel malt in here, but the hops are the main smelling/tasting point. Piney resin and orange (peel and juice) all the way through. Feel is creamy and the hops elevate the large malt bill to keep it from becoming heavy. I’ll need to have some of the other variants. You know, strictly for scientific purposes. jaymobrown (1845) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 24, 2016
Super great and sweet pour with rich caramel, oat, malt, yeast, and sugar textures. The nose was balanced with hops as well as candied sweetness with an earthiness.
mkel07 (5963) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAY 20, 2016
2016 vintage on tap at Brewski 140516. This is a beer that is all about the hops and malt. Looks very good in the glass with an inviting toffee colour and an aroma that drags you in. You immediately get the sense from the very first sip that this beer will bite you if you mess with it - best to sip and savour. Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 24, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2007 Early 2007 Release
After its release from the 22-ounce brown silk-screened bottle, it resides in the glass a cloudless burnished copper with a gigantic head that is tan in color, creamy in texture and as it slowly erodes, the lacing provides a glutinous curtain to drape the glass. Nose has a big sweet malt aroma, caramel, with hints of strawberry cotton candy, oh yeah, fusel alcohol, also in the mix a touch of hops. Start is ambrosial, with the alcohol and hops providing a serious bite at the rear, the palates not my derriere? lol
Top feels medium to full, with the finish modestly hopped, sweet with malt and the acidity generous, alcohol evident, with the aftertaste sweetly dry, a true tummy warmer, maybe a better term, "Stone Old Guardian Sensation"!
Early Spring Release 2006
The beer upon the pour from the 22-ounce brown silk screened bottle is a clear burnished copper with a voluminous creamy light tan head that after erosion leaves a nice coating of lace upon the glass. Nose has a nice malt sweetness, hints of caramel, and oh yes a bit of fusel alcohol, and touch of hops me thinks, start is sweet, and the grain profile perfect and the top medium to full in feel to the palate. Finish has perfect carbonation, the delectable in their spiciness, nice bit of tummy warming, and the aftertaste dry. This beer has been a longtime favorite, and one I look for each year, along with the Imperial Stout, of course any beers from Stone Brewing are always a welcome site.
Every year I wait for one of my favorite Stone beers to hit the shelf, of course this one hit while I was under the weather, so it got pushed back in a corner of the DBF. The beer as it emerges from the 22 ounce brown bottle a tralucent deep copper color, the head is mastodonic in size and spumescent in texture, after it slowly fades to nothingness, the lace forms a tight girdle to surround the glass. The aroma of sweet malt, over ripe fruit, hops, cotton candy all occupy the nose, what a treat, start is sweet with a thick grain profile and the top middling to full in its feel to the palate. Finish is delectably acidic and the hop potent in their spiciness, and the 11. 26 percent ABV makes itself know in the tummy warming and the alcohol bitterness in the very dry aftertaste, Another splendid vintage that will age nicely.
"bonum beer laetificat cor hominis"
One of my favorite beers that I look for each year, and one I get by the case. The beer as it renounces the 22 ounce bottle in favor of my beer glass is a tralucent deep copper color, the head is behemothic in size and spumous in texture, after it dissolves, the lace forms a thick blanket to cover the glass. The aroma of hops, fusel alcohol, fresh pineapple also sweet cotton candy like tones, a real treat for the schnozzle and the peepers, start is ambrosial, rich in malt, the top middling in its feel to the palate. Finish is controlled in its acidity, the hops unyielding in their spiciness with the aftertaste bone-dry, and long lasting, the 10.6% ABV produces a nice touch of alcohol bitterness and a definite belly warming sensation, a “Hoot” as it is every year, and it only gets better with age just like “Old Gusler”? flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - APR 9, 2004
Beautiful glowing orange color with a creamy medium sized off-white head. Sweet candy grape, brown sugar, light floral hops and alcohol aroma. Sweet malt, brown sugar, floral hops, citrus and alcohol flavors. Thick but crisp feel. Very good! jasonp (1581) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - SEP 17, 2004
Pours an absolutely beautiful dark clear ruby red amber with a thick off-white head. Aroma is is malty with a hint of whiskey and bourbon. Taste is extremely malty with a ton of hops and notes of caramel, butterscotch, honey, dark fruit, plums and vanilla. Sticky, sweet and syrupy - just glorious on the palate. Bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is very full, round and creamy. Has a prominent, yet, not overpowering presence of alcohol. Great lacing and head retention. A world class barleywine. Highly recommended! wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - FEB 15, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2005 I’ve just sampled this so far. Really powerful aroma which is similar to the Old Numbskull in my opinion. The pour is very creamy and has a nice amber color. The flavor is really great. Very fruity with a lot of malts and hops. I found this to be similar to an English Style Barley Wine. It is like the Old Numbskull but less powerful. The alcohol is hidden well which is quite impressive. Great so far. I will re-rate when I have had more of this.
2005- What is this beer number 199.5? Had this on draft at the Gingerman. Poured a surprisingly light brown color. It is much lighter then the Victory Old Horizontal in color. Great aroma of gin and tonic, pinapple, caramel and various dark fruits. The hops are quite present as well in the aroma along with the alcohol. The alcohol hits hard during the first sip of the beer. The taste is very good with some similarities to the Double Bastard. It is not as smooth as the Double Bastard in that the alcohol is not as well hidden. Still very good stuff though. I’ll give this a 4.3 as well.