Old Guardian OAK - SMOKED Barleywine - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.28/5 rDev +9.5%
22 oz bomber pours a lightly hazed crimson color with a creamy head of dense beige head. Nice retention, decent lace.
The smoke plays really nicely off the sweet malt base of OG. Hops dont seem to clash with the smoke as much as I had feared. Smells pretty dang good.
I was afraid this would not be smoky enough for me, but Stone seems to have added just enough to provide a rich, meaty smoke flavor and still keep it firmly in the barleywine category. It really smooths out the alcohol and the bitterness. I prefer this over regular Old Guardian by a longshot and am really digging this. Im going to have to see if I can pick up another couple bottles, though I am hesitant to age it for fear of the smoke fading.
05-22-2013 21:22:28 | More by twiggamortis420
4.24/5 rDev +8.4%
22 oz. bottle poured into a DFH signature glass. Bottled on February 7, 2013.
A - Pours a dark auburn-brown with a thick, two finger tuft of off-white head. The head dies slowly and leaves behind a curtain of lacing.
S - Smells of molasses and brown sugar. Sweet and bitter with a meaty smoke character, almost leathery. Peat moss and raisins contribute to the diverse and interesting aroma.
T - Starts with caramel and a mellow apple-plum fruitiness. Toasted mesquite wood follows with a BBQ smoky sweetness. There is hardly any bitterness, but it is not overly sweet either. The alcohol is well hidden by the complex flavors.
M - Awesome mouthfeel. Thick with a savory fullness and great carbonation. The alcohol is an afterthought, despite the 11.4% billing.
O - This is a unique beer that highlights the smoke flavor in a different way than most other beers. There is a chewy, meaty, smoke character that sets this apart form the original version. Excellent complexity and drinkability. At under $6 for a bomber, this is a bargain beer that I hope Stone makes again.
05-19-2013 01:26:41 | More by NoLeafClover44
3.93/5 rDev +0.5%
Poured a deep amber, but with very little head that didn't stick around. Rings of lacing were left down the glass. It looks pretty good, but more head would be beautiful. Scents of burnt sugar and smokey wood. Flavor begins with a hit of sweet and roast malt moving into smokey flavors with some hop bitterness and ending with a bitter and smokey aftertaste. Also a pronounced hit of alcohol and alcohol burn. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and sticky, with moderate carbonation. Big, abrasive and intense, like every Stone beer. It's pretty good, and I'll probably pick up a second bottle to age, but I've had better.
05-18-2013 06:25:24 | More by Auraan
Old Guardian OAK - SMOKED Barleywine from Stone Brewing Co.
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