2016 Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Dry-Hopped with Pekko Hops

2016 Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Dry-Hopped with Pekko Hops

From time to time, we like to tweak the recipes of some of our most long-standing beers—like Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine—to create unique variations. This year we’re taking it to the next level by dry-hopping it with Pekko hops—a new varietal from Washington’s Yakima Valley—which in turn add notes of stone fruit, orange, lemon and mint to this bready, toffee-like beast of a beer.

February 8, 2016
Barley Wine
11%
22oz Bottles & Draft
75
Warrior
Cascade
Chinook & Pekko

Tasting Notes

Provided by
Mitch Steele
,
Brewmaster
Appearance
Pours a deep, rich amber with a tan head.
Aroma
Intense fruit, a cool blend of peach, pineapple and mango flavors, followed by hints of vanilla and a really nicely balanced caramel malt character.
Taste
Fruit flavors dominate the taste, with most of the tropical fruit coming from the dry hop, but a lot of the pineapple is derived from our proprietary yeast strain. It’s fruity, hoppy, malty and BIG. It finishes with a very strong hop presence.
Palate
Full bodied, moderately balanced sweetness, slight alcohol warmth with a bitter finish.
Overall
Pekko is a variety from the American Dwarf Hop Association that we ran through our hop evaluation program and really liked its attributes. Our brewing team enjoys the fruity flavors it provides in beers such as IPAs and now in this version of our annual barley wine. It has intense stone fruit and tropical fruit character, adding a great touch to our classic Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine recipe.

Pairing Notes

Provided by
"Dr" Bill Sysak
,
Craft Beer Ambassador
Appetizers
Grilled prawns, Maytag Blue-stuffed figs, pulled pork sliders, mushroom tartlets
Soups
Hot and sour tofu soup, chicken and andouille gumbo, sweet potato & carrot soup, Caribbean fish stew
Entrées
Jerk chicken with coconut rice, kalua pork, Thai red curry, cassoulet, duck breast
Cheeses
Maytag Blue, Keen’s Cheddar, Ewephoria, Shropshire Blue
Desserts
Salted caramel ice cream, peach cobbler, apple strudel, oatmeal raisin cookies
Cigars
Drew Estate Herrera Estelí, Casa Magna Colorado Robusto