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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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very good

700 Ratings

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Ratings: 700
Reviews: 154
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 13.3%
Wants: 7
Gots: 107 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: EgadBananas on 02-18-2013)
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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.69/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Type: 22-oz. bomber
Glass: Trappist glass
From: Whole Foods in Hillcrest (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $5.99
Purchased: May 28, 2013
Consumed: June 2, 2013
Misc.: 2013 odd year release

Poured a dark caramel copper murky color with 1-2 fingers of khaki white head, which practically disappeared rather quickly. Sporadic spots of lacing on the sides of the glass. Below average retention on the top all the way down.

Smelled deep dark fruits, including dates, figs, plums and raisins. Also faint whiff of black cherries and purple grapes. Tobacco and oak also dominate the smell. Also some pinot noir, vanilla and rum.

Tasted similar to the nose, but a bit darker and earthier. Oaky tobacco comes through again, reminding me of a pinot noir. Noticed a surprisingly bitter alcohol finish. Figs, plums, dates, raisins, vanilla and some kind of liquor. Not as good as I hoped.

Medium body. Thin-to-oily texture. Average-to-soft carbonation. Long, bitter, warming finish.

Not the best barleywine I’ve ever had, but not the worst. I was expecting a bit more. In fact, I gave the regular version of this barleywine a 4.35 (96).

BucannonXC5, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a snifter.

L - chill hazed reddish/amber color with a beige head that stayed as a layer leaving lots of thin lacing.

S - mesquite bbq smoke along with burnt wood and faint alcohol.

T - sweetness, bitterness, smoke, wood, hops, malt all blended together.

F - medium bodied with a silky smooth feel and warmth.

O - slight twist on OG that works well.

JoeyBeerBelly, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of bigbeerfan
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

bigbeerfan, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of Beerlover
4.54/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

wow. what. a...BEAST! pretty new to the barleywine style, this is probably my 5th so I'm still kinda wet behind the ears on this one. Stone doesn't disappoint again (do they ever!?)

appearance: beautiful crimson amber color, unfiltered, thick beige foamy head.
smell: deliciously balanced aromas of smoke and woodseyness .
taste: YUM! onslaught of hop bitterness shocks thee ole palate, not piney, not citrusy just bitter. then the sweetness from the oak highlights the slight smokiness blended with faint nuttiness.... this a complex pig, and would go great with some b.b.q. sow! I think if this aged for a bit that bitterness would be more rounded out, still not offensive thoe.
mouthfeel: is good, not great a touch on the carbonated side for me but again very balanced and not bad at all.

Beerlover, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of baklo
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

baklo, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of nlmartin
1/5  rDev -74.4%
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.

nlmartin, May 31, 2013
Photo of DarthGuitarHero
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

DarthGuitarHero, May 31, 2013
Photo of TempeBeerMan
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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.

TempeBeerMan, May 31, 2013
Photo of Heavenisbeer
4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep copper hue, with an amaretto pillow of a head, and some gorgeous lacing.

S: Black cardamom, dank bbq, and smoke. Malty backbone.

T: A slightly boozy, unbalanced (not necessarily a bad thing), malt explosion topped with smoked charcoal. Hoppy finish, common for Stone. An uneasy aftertaste.

M: Spicy, boozy, and warm. Light carb.

Heavenisbeer, May 30, 2013
Photo of raythealeman
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

raythealeman, May 30, 2013
Photo of mbw314
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

mbw314, May 29, 2013
Photo of melodeth87
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

melodeth87, May 29, 2013
Photo of mpayne5
4/5  rDev +2.3%

mpayne5, May 28, 2013
Photo of ZEB89
4/5  rDev +2.3%

ZEB89, May 27, 2013
Photo of ste5venla
4/5  rDev +2.3%

ste5venla, May 27, 2013
Photo of Fcolle2
3.51/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours deep brown with a 2 finger tan head. Lacing looks good.

S: smoked peat on the nose with a lot of sweet malt undertones

T: rich malt hits you in the face followed by lots of smokey peat flavors. Not once incredibally balanced but its not meant to be.

M: good carbonation not to thick and peat stays with you throw the exhale.

O: good beer, I like the traditional a little more but it's yet another creative take on an already well established delicious line.

Fcolle2, May 26, 2013
Photo of daledeee
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a 22 oz bomber of this. Thought I had tried it.

Poured into a large glass. A nice clear brown. The head is creamy, off white and lasts. Lacing is great.

Nose is malty, hoppy and hints of vanilla

Taste mellowed a little after it aired. Rather harsh at first. I drank this at about 51F and noticed a heavy leaning toward hops but malt and vanilla. A little bitter in the finish. I probably should have let this sit around awhile. The beer isn't quite balanced enough for me. Carbonation is average and has a creamy mouth feel.

This is a pretty good example but I didn't get much oak and i found it a bit unbalanced.

daledeee, May 25, 2013
Photo of WKole81
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

WKole81, May 25, 2013
Photo of tbryan5
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

tbryan5, May 25, 2013
Photo of Jmick28
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Jmick28, May 24, 2013
Photo of J_Dub
4.56/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours an amber/copper color. Minimal lacing but with a decent off-white head initially that vanishes quickly.

The initial smell is of malts. This is very quickly married with a robust oak aroma. I can almost smell the "heat" of the alcohol. Wonderful smell overall.

The taste is similar to the smell. Immediate malt and oak mixture. After a few sips I can detect a certain sweetness to it. Some brown sugar perhaps. Some bitterness but surprisingly little compared to what I was expecting. Even less bitterness than many IPA's. The 11% is almost completely hidden by the wonderful smokey oak, malt, dark sugars blend.

Thick mouthfeel with the appropriate amount of carbonation (small) for the style. Very smooth especially considered the complexity of the flavors.

My favorite barley wine by far. I'm actually not a fan of the style but this may have converted me. Wonderful color, smell and taste combine to make this Stone another great beer. The price was such that I will be buying this more often.

J_Dub, May 24, 2013
Photo of GaryMarkle84
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

GaryMarkle84, May 24, 2013
Photo of Txgirlie
2.5/5  rDev -36.1%

Txgirlie, May 23, 2013
Photo of JohnK17
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

JohnK17, May 23, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

GRG1313, May 23, 2013
Old Guardian OAK - SMOKED Barleywine from Stone Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 700 ratings.