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Old Guardian OAK - SMOKED Barleywine - Stone Brewing Co.

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Old Guardian OAK - SMOKED BarleywineOld Guardian OAK - SMOKED Barleywine

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BA SCORE
88
very good

723 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 723
Reviews: 157
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 13.01%
Wants: 10
Gots: 111 | FT: 11
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  11.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: EgadBananas on 02-18-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 723 | Reviews: 157
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4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kmat10
3.52/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kmanjohnson
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stinger80OH
3.23/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jtrigonis
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of travolta
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: A smooth, light khaki head with very nice lacing and great retention. A burned peach/raspberry color.

Nose: Oak, smoke, some pine citrus, and toffee.

Taste: Very nice malt heaviness, oak, toffee, with nice pine running through. Hides the alcohol perfectly. The malt balance is tremendous in this beer. I do not think it needed the oak. The oak dries out the taste a little bit.

Photo of Gotti311
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 2

Photo of Tilley4
4.71/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Truly amazing... The oak really mellow the base beer and the result is a shining star... Smooth yet intense... Silky finish... Notes of chocolate that are blowing my mind... Hops have fades into a floral masterpiece... A sublime experience., I could sip on this until I ended up facedown somewhere...

Photo of josh32219
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.53/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
4.59/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of jzeilinger
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%

A - Pours a dark butterscotch amber color with a light toffee layer of creamy foam that camps out on top and doesn't subside.

S - Toasted oak, smoke, roasted toffee, and some citrus.

T - Initially, the fusel alcohol is overpowering and taints what flavor is there. Roasted toffee base sweetness up front with a touch of smoke and very little oak, and a long, lingering pine/citrus bitterness. The oak surfaces more halfway through the glass but the bitterness remains aggressive with lots of bite.

M - Heavy body, full, chewy, slippery, stickiness on the lips, velvety smooth with gentle carbonation that's almost creamy.

O - This 2013 bottle could stand a little more age on it to mellow things out and let it blend better. I'm wishing I had a few of these bottles on hand to see how they develop with time.

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.04/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of JohnnyMc
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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Old Guardian OAK - SMOKED Barleywine from Stone Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 723 ratings.