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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

693 Ratings

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Ratings: 693
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 13.3%
Wants: 7
Gots: 106 | 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 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
Photo of firecrack0r
4/5  rDev +2.3%

firecrack0r, May 22, 2013
Photo of twiggamortis420
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

twiggamortis420, May 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Drucifer, May 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

WizzardOfHops, May 21, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Lantern, May 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

likeemdark, May 21, 2013
Photo of wpmatt16
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

wpmatt16, May 21, 2013
Photo of skaboom420
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

skaboom420, May 20, 2013
Old Guardian OAK - SMOKED Barleywine from Stone Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 693 ratings.