Review - Stone Brewing Company's Old Guardian
"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." -- Stone Brewing Company
The Stone Old Guardian pours a medium caramel glowing hue settling into a clear, still body. The small, off-white head completely disappeared, leaving a thin layer of foam on the glass. The nose detected the a strong sweet malty presence with a complex combination of honey, vanilla, caramel, and resiny hops. The moderately sweet initial taste glided into a light bitter finish that lasted for a long duration. With a balanced taste, the Old Guardian was light in body and left the palate slightly dry with an alcohol burn.
Being 11.5%, you would not be able to tell without looking at the label. This beer packs a powerful punch and can sneak up on you when you least expect it. The Old Guardian reminds us why it's important to drink this in a snifter glass.
Reviewed on February 17th, 2008.