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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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BA SCORE
88
very good

658 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 658
Reviews: 154
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.98%
Wants: 6
Gots: 100 | FT: 9
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: EgadBananas on 02-18-2013)
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rainfairy

California

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

05-14-2013 08:18:00 | More by rainfairy
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RangnaR

California

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

05-13-2013 19:55:23 | More by RangnaR
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leftstagebrew

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +1.8%

05-13-2013 16:58:13 | More by leftstagebrew
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mikeincharleston

South Carolina

2/5  rDev -49.1%

05-13-2013 14:49:52 | More by mikeincharleston
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powdersoldier

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

05-12-2013 16:00:03 | More by powdersoldier
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Beefytits4

Illinois

2/5  rDev -49.1%

05-12-2013 14:11:38 | More by Beefytits4
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goochpunch

Texas

3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a red-amber. Barely any head lingers. Just a ring off bubbles around the glass. Nose is boozy, hoppy, with a slight hint of smoke in the background. Flavor is very sweet and boozy up front. I get a touch of smoke in the middle. Finish is very bitter with some lingering alcohol. Mouthfeel is smooth, low carbonation. This needs some time to mellow. I think the booze is a little rough, and the hops could use a little time to chill just to mesh with everything else. I must say, that slight hint of smoke in the flavor makes this more drinkable than this year's normal OG. Gonna put a bottle of this away for a long while.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 03:25:54 | More by goochpunch
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PrimScrewhead

Rhode Island

2/5  rDev -49.1%

05-12-2013 02:45:10 | More by PrimScrewhead
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Mdog

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Red-orange, lots of particles, big head. Pretty.

Smell: Big smoky ham aroma.

Taste: Moderate caramel sweetness followed by a lot of smoke. Lasting smoky finish. As it warms up a hint of citrus shows up before the smoky finish.

Overall: This is more like it. I tried the Belgo Old Guardian a couple years ago and it was a boozy mess. The oak smoked version gives the big malt base of the barleywine and piles on the big smoke of a rauchbier. Tasty stuff if you like smoked beers.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2013 19:25:44 | More by Mdog
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 1/16/13.

Pours a clear dark orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, smoked malt, beef jerky, oak, and alcohol aromas. Taste is much the same with smoke, oak, and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of smoke and hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the beef jerky aspect I am getting out of this one is a bit off putting.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2013 03:21:47 | More by UCLABrewN84
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avisong

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

05-11-2013 01:29:38 | More by avisong
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

05-10-2013 23:01:35 | More by mendvicdog
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gunpwdr

Virginia

2.75/5  rDev -30%

05-08-2013 23:23:03 | More by gunpwdr
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cwreay90

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

05-08-2013 19:16:47 | More by cwreay90
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BMart

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.8%

05-08-2013 18:40:15 | More by BMart
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jaminjohnson

Yukon (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1.8%

05-08-2013 03:14:04 | More by jaminjohnson
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gavjamhawk

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

05-07-2013 21:33:48 | More by gavjamhawk
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dalepryor

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +1.8%

05-07-2013 20:28:59 | More by dalepryor
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dfhhead25

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -30%

05-07-2013 03:08:49 | More by dfhhead25
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Tom-Peters

California

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

05-06-2013 19:35:04 | More by Tom-Peters
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kdown

California

2.5/5  rDev -36.4%

05-05-2013 23:21:18 | More by kdown
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sbanacho

California

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

05-05-2013 16:28:23 | More by sbanacho
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muchloveforhops3

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

05-05-2013 06:38:16 | More by muchloveforhops3
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alexgash

Connecticut

4.26/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. bottle. 2013 Odd Year Release.

Pours a brilliant amber gold with faint particulates suspended like yeasty snowflakes. Tallish, two fingers of whipped, dense, light sandy beige head. Terrific lacing up the sides of the tulip. At first whiff, plenty of boozy, toffeeish, candy apple-ish, fruity barleywine notes. Hiding behind this barrage, though, I get some definite oak and woody tannins. Oh, and further swirling and sniffing reveals light campfire smoke. Excellent--I was hoping the smoke would be noticeable. So far so good.

Toasted malt quickly gives way to fruity, caramel-y malt sweetness. Alcohol shows up right away with rummy fruity complexity. Charred, bitterish edge interrupts this boozy malt party. Notes of oak, woody tannins, herbal bitterness, and vanilla before the finish. Faint smoke before, but definite campfire goodness in the long, warming, bitterish finish. Some lingering fruit malt as well. Full-bodied, with a lush, creamy feel. I really like the oak and smoke added to what was already a great barleywine. With that said, I feel like a little age might help the flavors meld together better and maybe turn the heat down a notch. Still, very good.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2013 01:04:00 | More by alexgash
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Disease

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +1.8%

05-05-2013 00:21:48 | More by Disease
Old Guardian OAK - SMOKED Barleywine from Stone Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 658 ratings.