BeerCritic


Stone Old Guardian BWSA

First Published on June 13th, 2008

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Glass: snifter
Purchased at: Joe Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ
Price: $6.49
Size: 22 fl oz
ABV: 11.26%
IBU: n/a

Estimated Calories: 400C
RateBeer Rating: 97

Aural: uneventful opening, quiet carbonation, simple easy pour

Aroma 10 out of 10
Intensity: strong
Balance: sharp (alcohol)
Impression: nice

Malt Aroma: bread sweet nut caramel roast coffee
Hops Aroma:
mud mold clover rum rubber mango
Other Aroma:
grapes arugula pepper
Notes: An amazingly deep set of aromas – very interesting.

Appearance 4 out of 5
Color: dark
Clarity: slightest cloudiness, almost clear

Head Retention: poor
Lace: poor
Notes: The color has great depth and character, but there is little head to speak of.

Flavor 10 out of 10
Intensity: strong
Balance: sweet start with bitter finish
Impression: amazing
Malt Flavor: brown sugar rye walnut caramel dark chocolate liqueur roasted espresso
Hops Flavor:
dirt grasses star anise smoke grapefruit
Other:
mango, ashes
Notes: One of the best barley wines I’ve ever had, and no surprise from Stone.

Palate 5 out of 5
Mouthfeel

Sensation: drying warming
Body: full
Carbonation: average
Finish

Length: very long
Intensity: very strong
Balance: very bitter
Notes: A fantastic finish that leaves you looking forward to the next sip.

General Impression: 19 out of 20
Craftmanship: excellent
Freshness: fresh
Personal Taste: loved
Notes: Except for the slight critique of the missing head, which is forgivable considering the alcohol content, which is well hidden, this is a nearly perfect BWSA. Great job, Stone, as per the usual. This brew was purchased to celebrate the finish of my summer 1 Mediation class at Rider University in the Graduate Program for Organizational Leadership. The review of this fantastic ale is dedicated to the efforts of Jon Millen and the COM 390 class. Collaboration, not litigation.

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North Coast Old Stock Ale 2006

Glass: snifter
Purchased at: Canal’s Burlington (thanks, Mike!)
Price: $2.84
Size: 12 fl oz
ABV: 13.25 %
IBU: n/a
Estimated Calories: 200 C
RateBeer Rating: 98

Aural: quiet opening, average carbonation, simple uneventful pour

Aroma 10 out of 10
Intensity:  strong
Balance:  sharp
Impression:  nice

Malt Aroma: sweet, caramel, grape jelly
Hops Aroma:
tar, resin, mango
Other Aroma:
grapes
Notes: A wonderful aroma that reminds one of grape soda.

Appearance 3 out of 5
Color: brown black
Clarity: clear

Head Retention: poor
Lace: poor
Notes: the dark depth of color is impressive, but there is no head or lace in any respect.

Flavor 8 out of 10
Intensity: strong
Balance: sweet
Impression: a bit cloying
Malt Flavor: sweet caramel toffee
Hops Flavor:
citrus
Other:
sugar sugar sugar
Notes: Though the intensity is cloying, the flavor is of a high quality.

Palate 4 out of 5
Mouthfeel

Sensation: creamy slick
Body: full
Carbonation: creamy
Finish

Length:  long
Intensity: strong
Balance: sweet
Notes: An impressive beer, but overtly sweet. Finish is nice for a dessert style.

General Impression: 16 out of 20
Craftmanship:  excellent
Freshness:  fresh
Personal Taste: liked
Notes: Certainly a beer of high craft, but looking for a sweeter tooth than mine.