Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine


Type: barley wine style ale
Origin: Escondido, California
Price: $5.99 per 22 oz

This beer is a gigantic mindfuck. I probably deserved everything I got after this beer, but who could resist an 11.1% Stone beer in 22 oz form. Most barley wines have a very strong bum wine aspect to them, and this was no exception. Stone was able to put their unique touch on the barley wine by adding a nice hop balance. The smell on this was of a hoppy brown ale. Other than a nice hop flavor, there were some slight dark berry notes, most likely cherries. The 11.1% definitely added a nice burn on the way down. This is not my favorite Stone beer, but not bad for a barley wine.

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