Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Stone BELGO Old Guardian
Old Guardian poured a deep, orange amber color with a thumb width, off white head. The nose is deep with rich malt, sugar and a few yeasty notes. The body is a little thin for a barleywine with a juicy mouthfeel. A malty sweetness dominates the body with some underlying hops that are barely able to peak through. The finish is dry with a light, lingering bitterness.
Overall, this is an average-above average beer that I was expecting more from. While easy to drink, it is unbalanced, needing a little bit of restraint when it comes to the sweetness.