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Barley 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.

Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine

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You can find this current release in

AK, AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KY, KS, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, NE, NC, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, and WA

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Tasting Notes


Deep amber with a creamy tan head and light haze.


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.


Flavor is rich and malty, with a pronounced yeasty ester profile. It finishes with light citrus and tropical fruit hop flavors.


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 finish.


We make 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.

Food Pairings


Foie gras, lamb lollipops, stuffed mushrooms, caramelized onions on brioche, bacon-wrapped dates stuffed with blue cheese


Cassoulet, duck confit, venison, boar, pumpkin ravioli with fried sage, vegetarian shepherd's pie


Stilton, Gorgonzola, Maytag Blue, Montgomery Cheddar


Salted caramel apple pie, caramel-pecan crunch, sticky toffee pudding, plum-almond tart, Fig Newtons


Dunhill Signed Range Toro, Don Pepin Garcia Lancero, Illusione 888 Churchill

Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine

Available in the following sizes

Size Volume 16oz Servings 12oz Servings
1/2 Barrel Keg 15.5 gallons 124 165.3
1/6 Barrel Keg 5.2 gallons 41.6 55.5
2 Litre Growler 67.6 ounces 4.2 5.6
1 Litre Growler 33.8 ounces 2.1 2.8
22oz Casebox Twelve 22oz Bottles 16.5 22
22oz Bottles 22 ounces 1.4 1.8
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