Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine

Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine

Rated 4.015 by BeerPals

Brewed by Stone Brewing Company

Escondido, CA, United States

Style:  American Barleywine

11.3% Alcohol by Volume

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Allow us to present you with the Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine, in all its unadulterated glory. Known colloquially as "OG", this is the OG OG. The über malty, super hoppy mega beer that you know and love (and apparently depend on for your sanity and continued wellbeing) is here. We're glad to tell you without the slightest modicum of modesty: it's delicious. And if you're of the type that's patient enough to squirrel bottles away, know that this behemoth is poised to continue evolving with age.

ID: 523 Last updated 2 months ago Added to database 23 years ago

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Overall Rank132
Overall Percentile99.8
Style Rank6 of 512
Style Percentile98.8
Lowest Score2.6
Highest Score4.8
Average Score4.061
Weighted Score4.015
Standard Deviation0.359

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  • IBREW2OR3 1135 reviews
    rated 4.2 2 months ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 10 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 9

    Rated Dec. 2006. 12/02/06 Walk the Line Barleywine Festival, Dunedin, FL. 2001 vintage. The beer was an orange-ish color with an off white foam head. The aroma was light and consisted of pine hops and a light sweet maltiness. The flavor was really smooth. No sense of the ABV at all. The taste whisks you into a slippery slope of sweet caramel malts and slight dark fruitiness. What was once a sharp pine hop bitterness has mellowed to allow the sweeter pine hop flavor to come on out. Very nice. I wish I had the fore thought to let a couple of these ’01 bombers age. I just drank as I bought ’em.

  • TREBORIUS 308 reviews
    rated 4.6 4 years ago

    Aroma: 10 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    The beer pours a cloudy golden orange color, the head is off-white, frothy, and lasts several minutes. The aroma is cereal grains, pine, molasses, and earthy hops. The mouthfeel is average. The flavor is sweet malty notes up front, and a solid bitter hop finish. The alcohol is definitely noticeable in this one.

  • QATFISH 430 reviews
    rated 4.4 10 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 10 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    Apparently I am "patient enough to squirrel bottles away," because this is the 2008 edition and it's now 2014. It's brick red- quite red- with a light head that quickly dissolves to a lace ring. The aroma is crazy sweet & complex fruits: raisin, plum, fig, apple, banana, strawberry & lemon with traces of molasses and cream. Maybe some floral hops, but they're hidden away under all the sugary fruit. Sweet bread & strong fig flavor. And I mean FIG. Bitter is in the background, almost like licorice, but the fig is all over it. The bitter is the backbone, and sweet is the main event. Very smooth, teeny tiny bubbles.

  • HONKEYMOFO 1000 reviews
    rated 3.9 12 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    It pours a copper and burnt-orange with a thin light-tan head and some surrounding lacing. A light aroma of caramel malts, hops, oranges and citrus, tea leaves and bitterness, some raisin, honey, and mild spiciness. The mouthfeel is smooth, silky, chewy, and rich. Flavors of caramel malts, hops, orange and citrus, raisin and dates, honey, some bitterness, and subtle alcohol and spiciness. Wow! haven't had a barleywine in awhile .. this is pretty awesome!

  • BEERDOG 1556 reviews
    rated 4.2 12 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    From Consumers Beverage (Elmwood), in a bomber. 11.1% ABV! Poured a foamy ivory head and a nice retained body of rich copper with some haze. The nose had hops, malt, and the alcohol. Flavour was strongly malter, then the alcohol, the the hops. Robust mouthfeel.

  • SIGMUND 6886 reviews
    rated 3.8 12 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Shared bottle, from Ølbutikken, Copenhagen. ABV was 11.1%. Deep orange to amber colour, moderate off-white head. Rich and intense sweetish aroma, notes of malts, fortified wine and molasses, some fruity hops too. Intense malty flavour, very sweet, but nicely balanced by distinct American hops. Yummy.

  • JABAH 1780 reviews
    rated 4.1 12 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    2011...12%- A darker, heavier barleywine. Medium orange-light brown appearance. Has some decent hops to it and good alcohol bite. Nice buzz on a single full glass! Had to divide this into two sittings. Sort of basic in the flavor, otherwise would be a 9...but not as complex as some stronger belgians, etc. Mostly barley, slight caramel malt, and a little fruit....ended by some citrusy hop. Like a very strong/imperial IPA. A fine addition to the Stone family.

  • MMMMBEER 1119 reviews
    rated 3.7 13 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Glowing hazy burnt orange. Nice aroma of heavy wood, mild alcohol, sweet purple grapes and molasses. Taste is much of the same add in caramel, bitter pine hops, some astengent and a very yummy addition of marzipan…….my review notes seem to go downhill and trail off into scribbles at this point. I think that says “yummy sweet melon” and I think I see “head swimming”…………”grape”? or maybe “grass”? ……………..stupid alcohol how dare it ruin a perfectly good thought process. Hahaha at the very end of the scribbles I see “Yaaaa violence!!!! Macheta just killed Randy Couture!!!!” great review Brad just awesome.

  • FARGINGBASTIGE6 1476 reviews
    rated 4.5 13 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 10 | Overall: 9

    Pours deep rich mahagony to ruby red... thin head as expected. Notes of malt, caramel and sweet vanilla in the nose. Rich and sweet to the pallette with a mild hoppiness on the back on the tongue - unexpected, but very nice. Flavors of roasted malt, fig, caramel and vanilla/oak are appropriately intense. Very little hint of the rather high ABV. I enjoyed mine at room temperature which in my "room" is about 68-degrees F - and it was very nice.

  • HEYBEERMAN 1025 reviews
    rated 3.8 13 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 8

    Immediately visually appealing, murky orange-amber tones with a thick frothy slightly tan head. Smell is strong with malt syrups and fruity esters. Taste is quite a bit more hopped than expected, the excess of hops deffinitely fights the heavy malts and makes this very drinkable. Deffinitely a sipping beer, this one's big.

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