(Escondido, CA) – Stone Brewing Co.’s second special 22 oz. release of 2013 will be Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Ale. This comes after the January release of Enjoy By IPA. BeerPulse learned this week that the beer is tentatively set to be released on February 25th along with its ‘Odd Year’ variation. More below…
22oz bottles and draft
11.6% ABV, 80 IBUs
Chinook, Cascade, and Delta
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Tasting Notes, provided by Brewmaster Mitch Steele
Appearance: Deep amber with a creamy tan head and light haze. Aroma: A blend of bready 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 strong 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 finish.
Overall: 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, since we also brewed the “Odd Year” version, which is a more intense departure from the classic recipe. We kept the Maris Otter crystal malt in the recipe, and whirlpool hopped with Chinook, Cascade and, for the first time, Delta (replacing the Calypso we used in the 2012 version). It’s a well-rounded, complex beer that is ready to drink now, or can be aged at cellar temperatures for many years.
Suggested food parings, provided by “Dr.” Bill Sysak
Appetizers: Foie gras, lamb lollipops, bacon-wrapped dates stuffed with blue cheese
Entrees: Cassoulet, duck confit, venison, boar
Cheeses: Stilton, Gorgonzola, Maytag Blue, Montgomery Cheddar
Desserts: Salted caramel apple pie, caramel pecan crunch, sticky toffee pudding, plum-almond tart, Fig Newtons
Cigars: Dunhill Signed Range Toro, Don Pepin Garcia Lancero, Illusione 888 Churchill