Stone Old Guardian (Vintages through 2003)

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


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RATINGS: 297   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 297   ABV: 9.91%
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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jcalbi (380) - Medford, New Jersey, USA - APR 1, 2002
Very floral, nutty aroma with a deep auburn hue. Very much like the IPA, I was expecting something a bit more complex. Oh well.

rmalloy (199) - los angeles, California, USA - MAR 23, 2002
yummy mix of hops and butterscotchy sweetness. alcohol taste isn't dominant though at 10% it can change your head. i'm impressed by this one.

maxhits (172) - Pico Rivera, California, USA - MAR 19, 2002
Spring 2002 release, made with Tomahawk Hops: ALCOHOL - 9.91% by volume; COLOR - deep amber, red; Head - thin, but lingering; sticky, laces the glass; CARBONATION - light, but active; AROMA - Complex. Sweet, light caramel tones, pleasing aroma of maple sugar, toffee, hop flower, woody; FLAVOR - Sweet entry, then a wave of bitterness pulls in your cheeks. Does not finish as warm as I expected; FINISH - Long, woody, bitter-sweet finish. Better and more satisfying than the Double Arrogant Bastard.

MilkmanDan (1942) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - MAR 13, 2002
The least impressive of Stone's brews. Of course, their other stuff is absolutely spectacular, so take that for what it's worth. Sits lovely, an auburn-copper body with a decent head as barleywines go. Not much scent, some pine and spice. Flavor is expectedly malty, but it's a very sweet-malty. Really lacks body or depth and isn't particularly filling or warming. As Stone goes, this one's a bummer.

Brewmaster (168) - USA - MAR 10, 2002
Leave it to stone to produce such a fine brew once again. I agree with VA's referance to Bastard.(could be the use of all tomahawk hops this release) I'm glad i bought 6 of these while i had the chance, i'm just not sure how long i'll be able to hold on to them though.

VA Homebrewer (524) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - FEB 20, 2002
I have mixed emotions about this beer. This seems to be a variation on the Stone theme that runs all the way through their line. Same spicy hop bite as Stone IPA/Bastard/Double Bastard. Big maltiness in the same vein as Bastard/Double Bastard. Unlike Bastard, the big alcohol detracts from my enjoyment of the malts. Decent body, but too light in color for a Barley Wine in my estimation. I'd love to sit down someday and do a side-by-side with this, Bastard, and Stone IPA. For now though, I have to throw the hammer down on this one.

21iceman40 (1735) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 24, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2003 Remarkably powerful, yet very enjoyable. I feel it only appropriate to give this some more words. I actually got to enjoy samples of the last five years of this brew. The 99 was great, the 03 was damn fine also, but it was the o1 that had the greatest blend of hops and malts and just pure old age brewing power to create one of the best barley wines I have ever sampled. I appreciate how stone has five different tasting b-w's for each of the last five years. Respect/

Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2001
Hazy-copper color with a nice and sudzy head - real good-looking. Very silky smooth and warming. Rather biting alcohol. Some hoppy zing, but it's rather obscured behind the alcohol and big malty-sweet wall; thus, seemed somewhat unbalanced. I'm sure with a little time, the 'bite' would mellow and mature... but it'd still be underhopped, in my opinion.

Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 3, 2001
I did not find this barleywine to my liking, which was a surprise since I am very impressed with the rest of Stone's line. The beer is not full enough, and instead of rich fruity flavors, it burns with a very hot, alcohol-scortch. Not terrible, but not a beer I'd buy again.

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