Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine, 2008 Release

I happened across this brew the other night at Calvert, which had just been released by Stone as their current seasonal offering.


  • Alcohol: 11.26%

Scoring (in solidarity with Charlie the Beer Guy):

  • Appearance: 6 – Pours a strong copper that is initially hazy, but gains clarity as it warms. Topped with a white effervescent head that slowly fades to a lacy sheet.
  • Aroma: 5 – Predominantly malty, with a hint of fruit and spice. More subdued than expected.
  • Taste: 7 – Strong malt flavor upfront, accompanied by fruity and spicy notes. Hop bitterness becomes more assertive in the center. Alcohol notable, but not overwhelming. Lingering bitterness and bready notes in the finish.
  • Mouthfeel: 7 – Moderate but not quite full-bodied, with notable alcohol warmth. Slight dryness to the finish.
  • Holistic: 7 – Tasty, but “less extreme” of a take on this style than I was expecting from Stone. The nose was slightly disappointing.
  • Overall: 32 – A great offering. Beats many barleywines I’ve tried, but doesn’t unseat the Dogfish Head Olde School as my favorite of the style.

3 thoughts on “Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine, 2008 Release”

  1. You know, I have not. I’ve heard good things about many of Great Divide’s brews, but haven’t gotten around to sampling them yet.

    But I will. 🙂

    What do you think of Old Ruffian?

  2. I quite liked it. It was defintely a beer for sipping and sharing. I would assuredly buy it again. Not so much Red & White.

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