Stone Brewing Company
San Diego, CA
American Barley Wine
This is Stone’s Old Guardian. I first had this brew on tap at Three Penny. I can’t really remember what it was like then as it was over a year ago but I do remember that I liked it. This particular bottle that I will be reviewing was drank by Liz and I when we went to her family’s cabin up north Michigan. According to their website Stone states that this beer is “Delicious”. Hmm, thanks Stone. In part of their Odd Years release Stone has introduced us to Old Guardian Belgo, which is nothing more than Old Guardian fermented with a strain of Belgian yeast. I have a bottle of the Belgo put away that I can’t wait to taste.
Appearance – Amber/Red, big foamy cream head that goes away after a little bit. Beautiful lacing.
Aroma – Piney hops, caramel malts, slight chocolate, the aroma gets stronger as it warms.
Taste – Very hoppy, spicy, caramel, chocolate. Just as the aromas, the taste gets stronger as it warms.
Mouthfeel – Medium, stings. A nice bite from the hops. Creamy and coats palate.
Drinkability – Third time to have this beer in a year and I don’t think it should be drank too many times in that length. This is a VERY powerful beer. I would love to get another bottle and put it away and see how the hops calm down and give the malts a chance to shine. Great beer