Old Guardian Barley
Wine brewed by Stone Brewing - Escondido, California
wines are traditionally hefty brews, but ours is downright
excessive. The huge maltiness of this beer is only tamed by an
equally prodigious addition of hops, creating a rich, slightly
sweet, caramel-hued ale infused with assertive bitterness and bright
hop notes, all culminating in a pleasing dryness. While it will
evolve into an even more glorious brew with age, this beer's
delicious onslaught of flavors will seriously challenge your ability
to wait any longer to drink it.
Old Guardian Barley Wine Tasting Notes
Appearance: Deep amber with a creamy tan head and light haze.
Aroma: A blend of bready and banana yeast esters, toffee malt flavors and citrus
hops. Allowing the beer to warm to ~50° - 55°F really allows the malt and hop
character to come through.
Taste: Flavor is rich and malty, with a pronounced yeasty ester profile. It
finishes with light citrus and tropical fruit hop flavors.
Palate: Rich and smooth up front. At mid-palate the beer transitions to a
pleasant dryness and lingering hop bitterness with a slight alcohol heat on the
Overall: Stone makes small adjustments to the recipe every year, just a little
bit, as it provides an opportunity to try some different hops or malts. This
year, the changes were minor; we used Nugget instead of Magnum for the bittering
hop, and we replaced the CTZ hops in the whirlpool with Cascade to give the beer
a pinier, more citrusy note. It's a well-rounded, complex beer that is ready to
drink now, or can be aged at cellar temperature for many years.
Stone Brewing opened in San Marcos in 1996 at the location currently
home to Port Brewing Company and The Lost Abbey. In 2006, Stone relocated from
the original brewery to a new, custom-designed facility in Escondido. In 2013
the company opened a packaging hall just south of the brewery which houses the
bottling and keg lines. The brewery in Escondido produced 213,277 US beer
barrels in 2013. The site is also home to a restaurant, Stone Brewing World
Bistro & Gardens - Escondido, a 8,500-square-foot restaurant with a large
outdoor patio and 1 acre of gardens. The brewery also houses a Stone Company
Store which sells Stone merchandise as well as 1- and 2-liter growlers that can
be filled with Stone's nine year-round beers and special releases.
In May 2013 a second Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens opened in the
Liberty Station development in the Point Loma neighborhood of San Diego. The
23,500-square-foot facility cost $8 million and can seat 700 patrons. In 2013
Stone opened a location in Terminal 2 of the San Diego International Airport.
In addition to the locations at Escondido and Liberty Station, there are Stone
Company Stores in Oceanside, South Park, Pasadena, and San Diego on Kettner. The
stores sell beer in bottles, kegs and growlers. Stone also operates a
19-acre organic farm known as Stone Farms, just north of the brewery in
In June 2008, Stone Brewing covered the roof of the brewery with solar panels,
cutting their energy costs nearly in half. The 1,561 roof-mounted solar modules
will offset more than 538,000 pounds of carbon emissions over its lifetime,
which is equivalent to planting 204 acres of trees.