Old Guardian OAK - SMOKED Barleywine - Stone Brewing Co.
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1/5 rDev -74.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1
I first reviewed this beer via hads. I rated it a solid 1.0. I think a bit more needs to be said for a beer that rates 1.0. The beer was something I was looking forward to. Smoked barley wine sounded wonderful. This beer left me wanting something else. The beer was chilled and served in a snifter. I allowed the beer to go from cold to warm and didn't find it agreeable at any temperature.
A- Yeah the beer looked nice but if I am not enjoying a beer I refuse to give it a passing score on any level.
S- Aciduated smoke, smoke upon smoke vaguely herbal and totally killed the base beer.
T- Fuck me someone slew the old guardian gargoyle. I think they drowned the gargoyle in liquid smoke. Acidic and chemical smoke totally swallowed up the base beer leaving my mouth coated in dry smokey bitterness.
M- Medium bodied and carbonated. Smoke and hops totally coated and wrecked my palate in bitterness and hot alcohol.
O- I wanted to like this beer but found it totally undrinkable. I really wanted to send Stones a bill for $7.99 for the horror that is this bottle.
Serving type: bottle
05-31-2013 15:29:33 | More by nlmartin
2.31/5 rDev -41.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2
Bomber poured into an oversized snifter. Great looking pour, rusty deep amber with a long lasting head and an impressive amount of lacing dropped beginning way up at the top of the widemouthed glassware.
Smells... wow, chiefly of meaty smoke, booze and little else. I started sampling this out of the fridge and continued to do so right up til room temperature. Regardless of temperature, the smoked malt completely overwhelms the absolutely massive sweet malt backbone and colossal hop flavor profile to a degree that I wouldn't have thought possible. To its credit, this stuff has the fierce dose of bitterness and thickish body are close to what I've come to expect from Old Guardian, but the amount of smoked malt in the recipe goes far beyond what I would consider complementary to the base beer.
Serving type: bottle
03-29-2013 01:51:32 | More by PDXHops
2.69/5 rDev -31.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
2013 Odd Year Release. 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with pretentious label and branded (also pretentious) pressure cap served into a Mitchell's of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are actually fairly high; I'm in a barleywine mood and even though I'm usually underwhelmed by Stone's solo beers I'm strangely optimistic. Cost was $6.00 at a local SoCal beer store.
Served straight from the fridge and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: Pours a one finger beige colour head of okay cream, pretty decent thickness, and pretty good (~4 minute) retention. Body color is a quasitransparent translucent copper-amber with orange hues. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Generally appealing for the style, but there's nothing unique or special here. Light lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.
Sm: Bright fruity esters. Nectar. Floral hops. Light timid rauchbier-esque smokiness; it doesn't add a whole lot but it's there. Not picking up any oaky notes. Light apple. My broken nose can't pick up anything beyond that. It's a pretty light aroma - damned light for a smoked barleywine. I'm worried about the depth of flavour already. No yeast character is detectable. Maybe some alcohol.
T: Oh boy. That's an imbalanced mess. Stale malts mix with smoky character in the third act. Bleh. Murky fruit and floral notes in the body - also tinged by that crappily executed smoke character. No oak comes through. There's no subtlety here at all. No yeast character comes through. Maybe some bland floral hops. Yeah, this isn't good at all. Really poorly done. It's like no care was put into the beer.
Mf: Smooth and wet, but irritating from the smoke - especially in the third act. It's kind of scratchy, actually. Not at all a pleasant or refreshing texture. Poorly executed. Quite bad for the style.
Dr: Stone screwed this one up big time. I definitely wouldn't get this again. The worst barleywine I've had in recent memory. Poorly executed in general - and made even worse at its unfairly high price point relative to the low quality. Messy, bland, and irritating all at the same time. Difficult to drink. Another crap beer from Stone.
Got considerably better as it warmed.
Serving type: bottle
04-02-2013 04:13:29 | More by kojevergas
Old Guardian OAK - SMOKED Barleywine from Stone Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 667 ratings.