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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

712 Ratings

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Ratings: 712
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 13.27%
Wants: 8
Gots: 109 | 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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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Split with angrybabboon.

Appearance: Relatively clear, slight haze on a solid amber/copperwith some browns at the edges. Massive light beige head drops to a few clumps. Solid chunky collar lasts for the duration. Solid sheets of lacing.

Smell: The expected big sweet maltiness. Caramel and toffee, lots of toffee. Booze and a solid smoked malt presence. Bacon and oak. Very meaty. Aggressively hopped with citrus and some earthy elements. Some salt and almost maple. The smoked malt actually covers up most of the typical Old Guardian aromas, helping to mute the sweetness.

Taste: Big sugary malt sweetness. Cooked and caremlized pushing toffee and caramel. Leafy citrus from the hops. A bit earthy. Smoke backs up the sweetness nicely, tasting less meaty. Booze and toasted malt. Bready and sweet. A bit rough around the edges. Nice round oak character. Big across the board. Smoke and some ash.

Mouthfeel: Slick and slightly oily. Medium body with an average carbonation. A bit juicier than expected.

Overall: You can smoke whatever you like.

A nice addition to Old Guardian. Unusually find it a bit too muddled and sweet, but the oak and smoke help tone it down. A bit much to think about drinking an entire bottle alone, but enjoyable.

Photo of angrybabboon
3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 6/9/13

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this beer

Appearance: Deep amber, with hints of ruby - nice clarity - pours with a big, creamy, off-white head - leaves some nice streaks of lacing

Smell: Very malty with a strong, smoky character - rich, dark, caramel malts - big, cooked grains - some caramelization - earthy and grassy notes - smoky oak, with an emphasis on the smoke - like, very smoky - fortunately, the potency of the smoke diminishes over time

Taste: Malty and smoky, as the smell would suggest - cooked, caramelized malts and grains - very grainy and earthy (which is to be expected with Old Guardian) - sweet caramel and coffee - lots of malty sweetness - lots of booze, which is pretty obvious - a strong undercurrent of smoke, which kind of works, kind of doesn't

Mouthfeel: Full, slick, oily body, with a boozy, earthy finish

Overall: This kind of reminds me of why I don't smoke cigars

This is what I imagine Old Guardian would taste like if you were attempting to pair it with a cigar. It kind of works, but I also think the smoke doesn't add much to the flavor. It's an interesting experiment, but not really an improvement over standard Old Guardian.

Photo of jaxon53
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25


P- Hazed darker almond amber, fine bubble head, leaves what its supposed to leave

S- light malts on the nose

T- Smooth and super flavorful. Light smoke, wood, caramel malts, whiskey come to mind.

M- Smooth is the word here. Lower carbonation , velvet on the tongue.

O- High quality sipper, that I enjoyed every sip of...

Photo of LI_PO12
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into Tulip

Appearance- Deep Copper, half finger white head, fairly clear

Aroma-Sweet caramel, toffee, getting the smoke but its not overpowering, grapefruit, citrus, light fruit, pine, some oak, little bit of alcohol

Flavor- On the sweet side but pretty balanced, caramel, toffee, the smoke come through more here, still some citrus and maybe pine hops poking through, very easy to drink considering the abv, but some alcohol shows up as it warms

Mouthfeel-Pretty full, medium carbonation, warming alcohol

Overall-I prefer the original more, but I can't really complain to much here. its a nice experiment. I was afraid it would be an overly boozy smokey beer, but the smoke fits in well and doesn't overwhelm and even seems to hide the abv a bit. Worth picking up if the like the original version. I may even grab one more.

Photo of HattedClassic
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a fairly decent white head that lasts quite a bit. The beer itself is a clear ruby red.

The smoked smell dominates the palate and a fruity smell along with a hoppy, grapefruit smell mix with the smoked smell.

Sweet and smoky. The fruity taste replicates the smell and mixes well with the bitter hop taste. The smoky taste is less than the smell and is actually an aftertaste. The alcohol is vey light and almost undetectable.

Biting carbonation and heavy bodied but not that it's thick but rather pleasant and smooth.

A damn fine barleywine and one that I'll pick up again.

Photo of Beerquester
4.77/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Let me just start by saying I have tasted a lot of barleywines, but strangely do not enjoy most of them. This, however, is the exception. When this was offered on draft at nearby Bottleworks, I just couldn't help going back for more. This beer had all the great qualities I look for in a barleywine, without going overboard on any one thing. In other words, it was very well-balanced between the malts, hops, smoke, and oak. You could tell there was some alcohol in here, but not an overwhelming warming sensation. Oak and caramel (with some toffee) comes through very prominently, with smoke in second. Full-bodied with velvety texture, fully attenuated, crisp. Color medium amber, off-white and long-lasting head and very pleasant finish to the beer with no unpleasant aftertaste. A little more on the sweet side than the hoppy side of the spectrum, but as I stated, very closely balanced.

Photo of mwz5021
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of TheReese
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of bmoney
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of twenty5
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
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).

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of bigbeerfan
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Beerlover
4.57/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

Photo of baklo
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of nlmartin
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.

Photo of DarthGuitarHero
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of TempeBeerMan
4.71/5  rDev +20.2%
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.

Photo of Heavenisbeer
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of raythealeman
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of mbw314
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of melodeth87
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of mpayne5
4/5  rDev +2%

Old Guardian OAK - SMOKED Barleywine from Stone Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 712 ratings.