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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

701 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 701
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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4/5  rDev +2.3%

DruC4, Apr 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

assman79, Apr 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

BigJim5021, Apr 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

crob3888, Feb 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Caudalie, Feb 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

jaminjohnson, May 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

kornkid8600, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of DavidST
4.36/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a tulip glass. This pours a mahogany color with a mid sized tab head and has longer than expected retention considering how high the ABV. The smells are of sweetness, vanilla, a little caramel. The feel is a little thickish. The taste is good, very high hops which I wasn't expecting, vanilla, caramel, some sweetness. This is way better than the regular.

DavidST, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of ScottP
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

ScottP, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of ToddGingerich
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

ToddGingerich, Jul 02, 2014
Photo of archero
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

archero, May 15, 2013
Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into 34oz mug. Poured clear dark ruby with a thick off-white head. Smelled clean, with lots of malt. Hops were secondary, with oak and a bit of smoke scent as it warms. Taste was a big spicy mouthfeel, sweet malt and a bit of yeast, bitter hops toward the end. A sweeter smooth oak finish, with boozyness mellowed by the oak but still present, with smoky flavors very present in the finish. As sort of my second foray into smoked beers, I'm loving them.

BurgeoningBrewhead, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of Auraan
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

Auraan, May 18, 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
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Focusf111, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of BierJager89
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Opaque mahogany with a slightly tan head.

S: Smoke is dominant in the nose, not much else going on there.

T: Smoke, malt, oak, a little citrus and pine, kind of porky, but pretty good.

M: Full bodied and kind of smooth.

O: Not the hoppy barleywine I expected. Smoke character is also not the scotchy character I was hoping for. Could have been better, but I'd recommend it.

BierJager89, Feb 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

hellhammermario, Jun 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

EigenBeer, Jun 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

KiMiRaiK, Mar 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

ali1987, Aug 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

In_Control_Mike, Sep 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Envelopes, Mar 19, 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
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

CreightonSM, Mar 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

NumberNone, Jun 29, 2013
Old Guardian OAK - SMOKED Barleywine from Stone Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 701 ratings.