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: 299   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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yespr (44754) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 7, 2008
22 fl oz bottle, 2002, at Stone Bistro, thanks to WeeHeavySD. Pours hazy orange with a fully gone head. Dense caramel malty aroma, slight oxidised. Smooth fruity flavour of malt and caramel. Smooth caramel into the finish. Holding up fantasticly despite the vague oxidised notes in the aroma.

Ungstrup (37231) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUL 1, 2009
Bottled. A hazy amber beer with some sediment under a thin beige head. The aroma is sweet with notes of alcohol, wood, malt, and caramel. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, caramel, and lots of alcohol. Thanks to WeeHeavySD for sharing.

omhper (24963) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUN 5, 2003
Bottled. Reddish brown. Restrained aroma of malt and grapefruit. Soft and intensely malty with huge hopbitterness setting in early and dominating the finish.

brokensail (16432) - Dublin, California, USA - FEB 16, 2011
2002 Vintage. A: The beer pours a hazy amber color with a finger or so of tan colored foam. S: Starts off with caramel and citrus, mostly oranges, along with a nice sharp pine note. There’s a bit of vanilla in there, but also some cardboard, unfortunately. Brown sugar provides some more sweetness. T: Still quite bitter with a lot of pine and citrus peel. The vanilla is there again, as is a strong flavor of toffee. Grapefruit, pine, and grass add some perception of hop character. The cardboard is here, but it’s fairly minimal. M: The body is medium to full with a moderate level of carbonation. D: Not bad for a nine year old beer. I prefer it fresh or with a year or two on it, but still not bad.

Scopey (14501) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 15, 2012
2003 bottle at Stone Bistro. It pours deep ruby-amber, with a thin white head. The nose is very sweet : brown sugar, caramel, toffee and honey. The taste is brown sugar, wood, ginger, nutmeg, alcohol, good bitterness, hay, over-baked cake, leather and caramel, with a dry, warming finish. Full body and moderate carbonation. Good balance of sweetness and bitterness..

argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 5, 2002
Damn this is good stuff. Orange red hue with middling head. Sweet fruity malty aroma, tinged by the clear presence of alcohol. Up front flavor, very assertive (like all Stone beers). Wine-like, malty, caramel, hops providing good support. Alcohol’s there too, but, despite the high ABV, it doesn’t overwhelm the rest of it.

Drake (13639) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 20, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2009 2001 22 ounce bottle shared by TheBeerGod at Immy’s Backyard Throwdown. Thanks Mike! Pours a red color with floaties. Medium head with good head retention and lacing. Aroma is toffee, nutty notes and citrus hops. Taste is strong citrus hops with toffee and caramel notes. Very bitter and well balanced. Full bodied. Extraordinarily impressive after all these years.

bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 4, 2009
(22oz. bottle, 2002 vintage, courtesy of Lumpy) Pours a cloudy amber body with a spare beige head. Aroma of caramel, cherry, some oxidation, earthiness, and bread. Flavor of bread, caramel, some oxidation, mild hops (floral, pine) and cherry with a bitter finish.

Dogbrick (12912) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 22, 2003
Winter 2003 Release: This is a top-notch Barley Wine. Pours a ruddy dark orange color with a medium light beige head. Aroma is really nice, with sweet malt and a lot of caramel. Less alcohol in the aroma than in most Barley Wines I recall trying. Rich flavors of malt, caramel and hops that come out of nowhere. Finish is nice and tangy. One of the best Barley Wines out there.

hopscotch (11044) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 22, 2002
This beer rocks. The aroma is heavily malty and moderately hoppy with big bursts of caramel, molasses and clover honey. Notes of port, pine, dates, pineapple(?) and toffee. Call me crazy, but once it hit room temperature, I detected whole grain bread in the nose as well. Wait, what’s that? Yes, I definitely detect notes of the kitchen sink. Yes, Yes, they even included the kitchen sink in the aroma. What’s NOT in this barley wine? This sparkling clear, mohogany ale has a medium-sized, off-white, creamy head. Quickly and mostly diminishing. Decent lacing. The flavor is nicely balanced (very un-Stone-like) with heavy malt and a very nice hop bounce up front. Lots of warm alcohol, clover honey and plums. Lightly bitter and salty with more alcohol on the backside. Full-bodied. Lively carbonation. Oily mouthfeel. Long, bittersweet and very dry finish. Ho Hum. Yet another very strong offering from the brewing gurus at Stone.

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