Old Guardian OAK - SMOKED Barleywine - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.76/5 rDev +21.7%
Poured into a tulip glass.
A - Beautiful hazy bronze, shallow, murky. Wonderful 2 finger head, fades very nicely. So inviting.
S - Oak, very very oak. Reminds me of a rich robust bourbon at times, there is a lot of oak in this. Smokey, can almost smell the fire. Molasses, sweet brown bread ingredients. Nice malt. This is equally as inviting.
T - Oak wood is very abundant in this, just when I think the oak will remind me of bacon, the smoke hits the nose and cools you down. Big malt presence in this for me. Charcoal. Molasses, tastes of ingredients you'd fine in a brown bread from the south. there's a sweetness as if vanilla was in here. Very southern tasting.
M - Big and bold, heavy body, smoke is apparent throughout the body as well, you can feel it as if you were by a fire. It's very pleasant. creamy at times, smooth and silky.
O - I like this one quite a bit. Everything is so refreshing and wonderfully balanced. This reminds me a lot of their Southern Charred. I will keep this in the rotation.
01-01-2014 03:12:34 | More by santomark
4.76/5 rDev +21.7%
Let me just start by saying I have tasted a lot of barleywines, but strangely do not enjoy most of them. This, however, is the exception. When this was offered on draft at nearby Bottleworks, I just couldn't help going back for more. This beer had all the great qualities I look for in a barleywine, without going overboard on any one thing. In other words, it was very well-balanced between the malts, hops, smoke, and oak. You could tell there was some alcohol in here, but not an overwhelming warming sensation. Oak and caramel (with some toffee) comes through very prominently, with smoke in second. Full-bodied with velvety texture, fully attenuated, crisp. Color medium amber, off-white and long-lasting head and very pleasant finish to the beer with no unpleasant aftertaste. A little more on the sweet side than the hoppy side of the spectrum, but as I stated, very closely balanced.
06-06-2013 23:24:18 | More by Beerquester
4.75/5 rDev +21.5%
Part of a tap takeover at Tap + Bottle in Tucson, Ariz.
The oak-smoked malt used in this version of Old Guardian creates an extremely tasty, complex and unique barleywine. The smokiness helps it from being overly sweet.
It's fabulous and should be tried.
01-24-2014 19:15:40 | More by TucsonTom
4.75/5 rDev +21.5%
Picked this one up at TW in Glendale. I have to admit at first I wasn't so sure about it, but for some reason smoked beers are never rated as highly as I think they should be. This one is very similar to The Bruery's Smoking wood at 1/3 of the price.
A - 4.75 - Nice copper crystal clear beer wtih an off white head that leaves great lacing.
S - 4.75 - Bourbon, caramel, vanilla, smooth smoke, butterscotch/toffee type notes,
T - 4.75 - follows the nose with the same smooth smoke, bourbon, caramel and vanilla. Butterscotch, toffee,
M - 4.75 - Medium-heavy. Alc is noticeable but integrates with everything else, this is VERY easy drinking for a smoked, 11.4% beer. Aftertaste is smokey bourbon.
O - 4.75 - Absolutely amazing for the $6 price. This beer is a perfect example of why beers don't need to be that expensive. I'm really surprised at how much it tastes like The Bruery's Smoking Wood, and would much rather have 3 bombers of this than one bottle of SW.
02-25-2014 19:52:45 | More by ISmith87
4.75/5 rDev +21.5%
Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.
A - Pours a hazy, opaque, bronze with a creamy, three-finger, eggshell colored head that developed in a huge cascade from the bottom of the glass when poured. Honestly, this might have been the best looking pour I have ever seen. Ridiculous lacing coating almost every inch of the glass as the level of fluid drops.
S - Not as strong of an aroma as expected. Getting smoke, peat, oak, butterscotch, toffee, sticky hops, and caramel. Smells good, just lacks "punch".
T - The mild aroma disguises a big taste. Flavor profile matches the nose listed above almost note for note. (A good thing). Slightly more sweet than bitter. Some dark fruits not immediately noticeable (date, fig) appear as it warms. Two things stand out: 1) How understated the oak is here. This is not Oaked Arrogant Bastard, where the woodiness comes out and pulls your jersey over your head and beats you. Here it just lays back in support, and adds a truly magical touch, and 2) How smooth and well balanced this beer is when you consider it's a barleywine, it's oaked, and it has such a big hop profile. Alcohol an afterthought. Delicious.
M - The very definition of "full bodied". Knife and fork, please? Medium carbonation. Wet, sticky/oily finish. Everything comes together in perfect harmony.
O - A unique and interesting barleywine. Most of the traits from regular Old Guardian are there, but with any harsh or "hot" elements smoothed out by the smoky oak (not that there was really that much to begin with) Kudos to Stone for taking an already impressive beer and making it kick even more ass.
05-31-2013 04:37:37 | More by TempeBeerMan
4.71/5 rDev +20.5%
Poured a rich dark-medium caramel with a medium head that faded quickly, leaving behind substantial lacing, which persisted for as long as the beer remained in my glass. Smell was mostly of barley and alcohol, with some smoke. Likewise, the flavor was richly malty but not at all overly sweet; in fact, this is probably one of the bitterer barleywines I have tasted. It's ABV is high enough (over 11%) that the alcohol flavor is clear, though crisp, not harsh. Smoke is there, too, and more powerfully than in the bouquet - particularly in the aftertaste - almost to the extent that it borders on tasting a little like a porter. Because it is a very viscous, almost syrupy (but not in any way oily) brew, the aftertaste lingers for quite some time (a good several minutes after the last sip). As such, the carbonation is rather sparse, but not at all at the level of "wounded soldier," and the bubbles which are present are small and feel bright on the tongue. Because of its high viscosity, there is an "after mouthfeel," which is pleasant but leaves one's lips a little sticky... good beer for a first date? :-p But seriously, this is a ridiculously good beer. Thus far (1 - 27 - 2014) I would say it is my favorite beer. Period. If you see it, give it a try. Or two. Or seventeen. This is an absurdly good beer.
01-28-2014 02:26:59 | More by ItalianPisces84
Old Guardian OAK - SMOKED Barleywine from Stone Brewing Co.
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