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Old Guardian OAK - SMOKED Barleywine - Stone Brewing Co.

Old Guardian OAK - SMOKED BarleywineOld Guardian OAK - SMOKED Barleywine

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BA SCORE
88
very good

623 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 623
Reviews: 148
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 13.27%


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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schoolboy

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I wanted something unique and new to me today and this fit the bill pretty well. It is a very neat looking barleywine with gorgeous deep brown color, clarity and a nice little head.

The aroma is sweet and boozy. At first it was sort of funky dishwatery (I hope that wasn't reacting with my glass) but it improved - the second glass is way better. The booze also hits in the second glass in aroma and effect.

The taste is all over the place - a busy barleywine. The smoked flavor is down a little low, but it's there and it's good. The aftertaste is hard core and boozy. It's bitter - more so than usual.

This is a little bit of a let down from Stone. Usually their special brews are very special, this one is very good, but not a genre killer.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 00:33:02 | More by schoolboy
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metter98

New York

3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is very dark hazy amber in color. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down, leaving lots of lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass and lots of lacing down the sides.
S: Moderate aromas of smoked oak chips are present in the nose.
T: The taste is mostly dominated by flavors of oak along with notes of smoke.
M: It feels just about full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I wasn't very impressed with this beer as it seemed a little too smoky, and these aromas and flavors didn't mesh with the underlying barleywine.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2014 23:48:04 | More by metter98
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kaseydad

California

4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle version review.

Pours a very clear amber colored ale with a good amount of cream colored frothy foam. Big lace.

Smell is really good. A lot of smoke right out of the whiff. Reminds me of second day campfire clothes smell. The oak is very present as well. It really hits the mark on nailing what it states on the bottle. Some cannot say that. There is also the nice barley wine sweet flavor in the back of the nose, but barely. This monster is all about the oak and smoke.

The taste has a lot of oak coming through and heavy dose of smoke and char on the swallow. Still pleasant though the flavor might cause pallet fatigue rather quickly. Light sweetness on the back end as well. Like the aroma, the barley wine character tries to make a scene but is quickly relegated to understudy.

Mouthfeel is slick and oily.

Overall this was a fun experience for the odd year beer from the Stone crew. I notice my pallet changing even now as I was not a huge fan of smoked beers, but that has come full circle. I enjoyed the in-your-face smoke and even took me back to younger camping years....minus the good beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2014 02:05:07 | More by kaseydad
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ISmith87

Arizona

4.75/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Picked this one up at TW in Glendale. I have to admit at first I wasn't so sure about it, but for some reason smoked beers are never rated as highly as I think they should be. This one is very similar to The Bruery's Smoking wood at 1/3 of the price.

A - 4.75 - Nice copper crystal clear beer wtih an off white head that leaves great lacing.
S - 4.75 - Bourbon, caramel, vanilla, smooth smoke, butterscotch/toffee type notes,
T - 4.75 - follows the nose with the same smooth smoke, bourbon, caramel and vanilla. Butterscotch, toffee,
M - 4.75 - Medium-heavy. Alc is noticeable but integrates with everything else, this is VERY easy drinking for a smoked, 11.4% beer. Aftertaste is smokey bourbon.
O - 4.75 - Absolutely amazing for the $6 price. This beer is a perfect example of why beers don't need to be that expensive. I'm really surprised at how much it tastes like The Bruery's Smoking Wood, and would much rather have 3 bombers of this than one bottle of SW.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2014 19:52:45 | More by ISmith87
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BierJager89

California

3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 00:53:09 | More by BierJager89
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ItalianPisces84

Connecticut

4.71/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured a rich dark-medium caramel with a medium head that faded quickly, leaving behind substantial lacing, which persisted for as long as the beer remained in my glass. Smell was mostly of barley and alcohol, with some smoke. Likewise, the flavor was richly malty but not at all overly sweet; in fact, this is probably one of the bitterer barleywines I have tasted. It's ABV is high enough (over 11%) that the alcohol flavor is clear, though crisp, not harsh. Smoke is there, too, and more powerfully than in the bouquet - particularly in the aftertaste - almost to the extent that it borders on tasting a little like a porter. Because it is a very viscous, almost syrupy (but not in any way oily) brew, the aftertaste lingers for quite some time (a good several minutes after the last sip). As such, the carbonation is rather sparse, but not at all at the level of "wounded soldier," and the bubbles which are present are small and feel bright on the tongue. Because of its high viscosity, there is an "after mouthfeel," which is pleasant but leaves one's lips a little sticky... good beer for a first date? :-p But seriously, this is a ridiculously good beer. Thus far (1 - 27 - 2014) I would say it is my favorite beer. Period. If you see it, give it a try. Or two. Or seventeen. This is an absurdly good beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2014 02:26:59 | More by ItalianPisces84
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TucsonTom

Arizona

4.75/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Part of a tap takeover at Tap + Bottle in Tucson, Ariz.

The oak-smoked malt used in this version of Old Guardian creates an extremely tasty, complex and unique barleywine. The smokiness helps it from being overly sweet.

It's fabulous and should be tried.

Serving type: on-tap

01-24-2014 19:15:40 | More by TucsonTom
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Tony49er

California

3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type from a bottle poured into a Tulip Glass

Appearance- Bright ruby read color, tons of alcohol legs, big foamy head but goes away quickly

Smell- Booze, oak wood, spices, warmth, caramel sweetness in the nose

Taste- Classic barley wine style ale but with a nice Stone Brewing twist, booze, malty, sweet malts, caramel, brown sugar, spice oak

Mouth feel- smooth, booze, soft on the front of the pallet but a little hotter on the back end

Overall- A very good Barley wine I have had the original Old Guardian or regular release, I like the twist of this one but only wish they would release it more then once in bottles, A very good take on a Barley wine with a Stone Brewing twist, If you are able to get this beer via any means possible I think you should do so I only wish I had a few more...CHEERS

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2014 03:48:32 | More by Tony49er
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DrJay

Massachusetts

3.59/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very clear, deep reddish amber in colour topped by a thin beige cap of soapy bubbles. A bit of lacing, decent head retention. Aromas of caramel and marshmallow, burnt sugar, booze and faint smoke. Same in the flavour, but with a sturdy earthy/citrus bitterness. Woody astringency and booze combined with lingering bitterness in the finish. Full bodied, low carbonation, alcohol burn rather than warmth, astringency. I was surprised at the low levels of smoke in the beer, but it could definitely do with less oak character. Still enjoyable though, just not refined yet. Some aging will probably help it out.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 13:20:29 | More by DrJay
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santomark

California

4.76/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Beautiful hazy bronze, shallow, murky. Wonderful 2 finger head, fades very nicely. So inviting.

S - Oak, very very oak. Reminds me of a rich robust bourbon at times, there is a lot of oak in this. Smokey, can almost smell the fire. Molasses, sweet brown bread ingredients. Nice malt. This is equally as inviting.

T - Oak wood is very abundant in this, just when I think the oak will remind me of bacon, the smoke hits the nose and cools you down. Big malt presence in this for me. Charcoal. Molasses, tastes of ingredients you'd fine in a brown bread from the south. there's a sweetness as if vanilla was in here. Very southern tasting.

M - Big and bold, heavy body, smoke is apparent throughout the body as well, you can feel it as if you were by a fire. It's very pleasant. creamy at times, smooth and silky.

O - I like this one quite a bit. Everything is so refreshing and wonderfully balanced. This reminds me a lot of their Southern Charred. I will keep this in the rotation.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 03:12:34 | More by santomark
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I had this at Hunger N Thirst served chilled in a snifter during the Christmas event.

The color is deep amber bordering on red with hazed look and thick tan cream with fine bead, a very attractive ale in the glass. The smell is great with subtle sweet and smoky nose with slight pine hop esters and subtle alcohol. The feel is great moderately bitter with medium carbonation and slight sweetness to balance out the intensity of hops smoke and alcohol, the feel is pretty light for the abv with lingering bitterness.

The taste is very good with malt gentle in relation to the smoke which is noticeable up front with a more fruity alcohol and hoppy taste coming in second. The flavor is pretty well blended since it tastes slightly piney as it warms with more warming alcohol in the finish. Overall I like this west coast style barleywine fresh so the hops are bright, but this could be a good candidate for a little age to mellow the alcohol. I like the level of smoke which doesn't detract from the drinkability at all.

Serving type: on-tap

12-15-2013 20:35:22 | More by Slatetank
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Deep amber color. Lots of crap floating around that for the most part is uniformly small. One and a half fingers of frothy beige head. Retention is about what you'd expect from a beer this big, but a formidable ring of lacing is left.

3.75 S: I bought this looking for smoke. I got some. I want more. Otherwise, this is still the just-a-bit-too-hoppy BW. However, I dare say the smoke brings everything together and it's a lot nicer than the original. Caramel, plum, brown sugar, some toastiness, and a nice neutral maltiness. Herbal hops with citrusy and floral components.

3.5 T: Tastes good, but I wish the smoke came through stronger. Like the original, this is a bit too bitter for me. I like my BWs on the sweeter side, but Stone doesn't do things like not hopping the shit out of everything. Anyway, caramel, brown sugar, toastiness lead the way with plum and raisin fruits underneath. Mild smokiness underneath that. Strong herbal hoppiness, again with notes of citrus and floral.

3.75 M: Heavier medium to heavy body. Good moderate carbonation. Reasonably creamy with well hidden alcohol.

3.5 D: Tasty beer. It'd be better with less hops, but it's still good nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 01:28:19 | More by DavoleBomb
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a darker amber color with ample head on pour and excellent lacing

S: Bittering hops, pine, hint of smoked meats, some wood, caramel and heat

T: Booze burn present up front and throughout - kind of to be expected but at the same time not masked as well as standard OG. This also hides some of the hop characteristic. Despite that I do enjoy the smoky flavor and the change up on this brew. Ample malting and sweetness.

M: Medium-full bodied, well carbonated, bittering hops linger as does some booze and caramel

O: Very good, especially for the price.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2013 21:58:58 | More by barleywinefiend
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CloudStrife

New York

3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled 01.16.13.

A: Pours a clear ruby mahogany with a dense slightly yellowed head. Perhaps poured some sediment into the glass as there is a lot of floaty material in here. Real nice lacing on the sides. Not much visible carbonation.

S: Strong malty aroma dominates the forefront. Lots of roastiness and a touch of dark fruits. Also noticeable is a pronounced smoke aroma. Bit of an aged cheese or farmhouse touch to it.

T: Smoke comes out much more than anticipated from the aroma. Blends well with the roasted malts and the sweet carmel like flavor. Hops are still in there alive and kicking in the backend.

M: Medium body with low carbonation. Touch of hotness but it's subdued from an earlier bottle I had. Perhaps a bit sticky on the finish. Great warming feel for this cold weather.

Overall an interesting and tasty variant of a great barleywine. I'm a fan of most things smoked so this one hits the spot.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2013 00:56:55 | More by CloudStrife
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BMMillsy

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep red from the bottle with a tannish yellow hued head. Wet dog, malts, some oak & smoke on the nose (imagine that). Overall not a lot of aroma. Dry flavor with a hop bitterness. Definite smoke to this. Not much of the sweetness I enjoy from the style. Hints of booze in between the dryness of the oak/smoke. Medium slick mouthfeel with medium carbonation. I was hoping for sweetness, but it is not bad for what it is.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 02:52:02 | More by BMMillsy
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Kuaff

Alaska

4.65/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Served in my snifter at cellar temperature, of course...

It's the same beauitiful ruby-mahogany as the standard Old Guardian, but with slightly less clarity. A little more haze. The same awesome, long-lasting beige head.

It smell like the original, but with a subdued woodiness covering everything. The vanilla is slightly stronger in this version's scent. If there's any smoke in the aroma, it's only a subtle hint. The fruity smell is still in there, but with more emphasis on cherry.

It tastes more malty than the original. At first, it's a mix of sweet vanilla and the fruitiness, the vanilla once again being more pronounced than in the original's. This then fades into a grassy, woody, resinous finish... one that isn't quite as bitter as the standard, but still quite bitter and hoppy. It's a "green taste." No alcohol, and not much smoke, except maybe just a bit of smoky earthiness in the aftertaste. This aspect comes through more the longer I sip on it. Simpler summation: It's good.

The feel, to me, is even smoother than the original's, which was already great. Noticeably thicker and creamier, I think (for some reason).

While this is quite similar to the old Old Guardian, it presents a slightly different (and still very pleasureable) barleywine experience.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 02:33:21 | More by Kuaff
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Sludgeman

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

From a 2013 ODD bomber. Could not find an enjoy by date on either the shoulder or bottom. Poured into a small wine glass. A bottle that I could not finish.

I am a big fan of barleywines, but this is a beer I will not drink again. Too bad the aroma does not carry over to this beer’s taste. I could imagine this beer as a single malt scotch without the heat of the higher alcohol.

A – Pours a dark clear amber with a minimal off-white head. Average lacing.

S – Slight smokiness. Some malty sweetness.

T – Smokey, enough to cut and even overwhelm the malt and hops. Slight sweetness and significant bitterness in the finish.

MF – Medium heavy body. Some silkiness initially but ending in an very astringent mouth feel.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 00:40:14 | More by Sludgeman
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PorterLambic

Florida

4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful, clear, dark brown, the same color as the bottle. Beautiful, creamy tan head. Nice lacing and retention.
Smell is malty, smoky, slight hops, soy, oak. Great balance.
Taste is smoke, malt, soy, light hops, oak. Excellent balance.
Medium bodied, light effervescence. Warming, slight drying in the finish. This is seriously good beer. Get two.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 00:56:57 | More by PorterLambic
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StoutHunter

Michigan

4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I picked up a bottle of Stone's Old Guardian Oak Smoked Barleywine a month and a half ago for $7.05 at Boyne Country Provisions. I had the 2011 Release of Old Guardian a while ago and I thought it was a very good Barleywine, so I was happy to find a bottle of the Oak Smoked version from their odd beers for odd years series, I'm interested to see how the smoked malts work with this beer, so lets see how it goes. 2013 Vintage. Poured from a brown 22oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The bottle is pretty simple looking even for Stone with just a smaller gargoyle on the bottle with the typical lengthy Stone rant on the back, it looks ok. It poured a nice deep amber/orange color that took on a nice and bright ruby hue when held to the light with three fingers worth of fluffy off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and left lots of sticky lacing behind. This is a very good looking beer, I really like the color and the head and lacing was really nice especially for the style,

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness followed by a good amount of smokey aromas that have more of a quality smoked meat aroma than a campfire aroma but there's still some nice smokey wood aromas going on. Up next comes the malts that impart a sweet, caramel, toffee, and brown bread like aroma with some nice dark fruits showing up in the background. Towards the end I get some lighter hoppy aromas with a little bit of citrus hop aromas coming through. This beer has a pretty damn good aroma, the smoke aspect is pretty noticeable but it doesn't overpower the Barleywine base and there's some nice balance between the two.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness followed by a good amount of oaky and smoked flavors that still lean more towards being similar to smoked meats rather than a bonfire. Up next comes the malts that impart a sweet, brown bread, caramel and toffee like flavors with just a slight bit of dark fruits showing up in the background. Up next comes a noticeable alcohol flavor that's a little warming and it followed by some light citrus and earthy hops with the earthy hops seeming to stick out the most imparting a pretty high amount of medium bitterness. This is a pretty good tasting beer, the balance is pretty nice and the smoke seems to work very nicely with the Barleywine base.

M- Pretty smooth, chewy, rich, slightly sticky, pretty dry, on the lighter side of being full bodied with a slightly lower amount of carbonation that's at just the right level for this beer. This beer had a pretty good mouthfeel, I have no complaints.

Overall I thought this was pretty damn good beer and a very good example of the style, it's not quite a full on smoked beer since the smoke isn't completely dominating and the Barleywine base shows up just enough to provide great balance and the two aspects work very well together, even better then I expected. This beer had pretty good drinkability, it was smooth especially for the style and the flavors did a great job at holding my attention, I kept going back for more and I think one bottle is the perfect amount, but if I was really in the mood for it I might consider trying to tackle another one. What I liked the most about this beer was how well the smoke worked with the Barleywine base, the two worked much better then even I thought they would. What I liked the least about this beer was that it's a one time only release, I think they should release this with the regular Old Guardian every year. I would for sure buy this beer again, when I go back up north I'm going to make sure to grab a couple bottles if there's any more left and I think it's priced nicely. I would recommend this to most Barleywine fan's especially the ones who don't mind smoked beers. All in all I was pretty impressed with this beer, I was a big fan of Old Guardian, but I wasn't sure how it would take to some smoke, but it worked out very well and while I still prefer Old Guardian I think the Oak Smoked version is still pretty damn good. Stone did a great job with this beer, this is the second beer I've had from Stones odd beers for odd years series and they have both been very good, keep up the good work guys, I'm digging these creative versions of old classics.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2013 03:53:32 | More by StoutHunter
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep amber color ale with a large light brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of caramelized sugar with some toffee with light smoky notes. Taste is also a mix between some caramelized sugar, some notes of toffee and some light smokiness. Oak is more concealed but can provide a more rounded finish. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well brewed though smoked notes are not has apparent as I had expected and hops presence is not as present as in the regular version.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2013 20:14:05 | More by Phyl21ca
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ONUMello

Ohio

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Average brown color with a 1/2-finger head that settles very quickly
S: I can smell this from quite a distance away. Deeply roasted hops, lots of caramel, toffee, molasses, a bit of a blue cheese smell and some woodsmoke
T: Very rich, quite complex- again lots of dark malt and molasses, though the oak & smoke come through heavier on the palate than the nose. The alcohol is noticeable but not overbearing. Pine hops come through towards the finish
M: Full-bodied, fairly viscous, a touch hot... not my ideal mouthfeel but not too far off the norm for a barleywine
O: I really wish Stone used 12oz bottles for this as trying to finish off a whole 22oz bottle solo borders on painful. Overall well made as usual per Stone and it did make an enjoyable pairing with several blue cheeses

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 18:58:39 | More by ONUMello
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Brenden

Ohio

3.69/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This barleywine is red, about a medium shade but with lighter hues outward and nearly brown hues in the depths of the body. It's perfectly clear as well. It has a strong, frothy and creamy pillow that sits a little taller than one finger and depsoits plenty of patchy lacing as it recedes.
It's almost as much something like a Schwarzbier as it is a barleywine. There's plenty of piney and citrus hops presence with meatiness and strong campfire smoke. There's also an undrlying fruitiness. A bit of toffee and maybe wood round it out with lots of meatiness from the smoke coming through.
I do like this beer, but I'm surprised I don't like it more. I just don't feel the citrus with the smoke and meat, and the char is absolutely tangy underneath. The smoke goes all the way through from front to finish, which I do like. I just wish this was a bigger, maltier beer with much more barleywine character.
Speaking of, I'm looking for more heft in this beer's body. It's about medium, and crisper than it is smooth. It's not bad, but it's not what I'm looking for.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 19:00:16 | More by Brenden
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JoakimBulow

Sweden

3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A rich and very malty barleywine. Extremely strong i flavor. Made me wish I was better at identifying tastes and aromas but it was indeed both fruity and smoked, almost roasted and coffee-like. A bit too smoky for me and kind of bitter but to have just 1/3 of a bottle was a great taste experience anyway.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2013 08:50:43 | More by JoakimBulow
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laituegonflable

Australia

3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a red colour, with a few bubbles around. Thin but pleasant head, off-white with some trails of lace left behind. Quite pleasant-looking.

Smells smoky. Meaty, bacony, yeah. Some speck; with peppery spice. Touch of fennel and plenty of salt. Not very beery, but if you don't at least enjoy this smell you're probably a communist.

Taste has a lot more malt to it. Very strong, sweet toffee flavour upfront that develops into smoky characters, with some wood smoke and slightly charred meat, but also a distinct boozey note. Brandied cherries and sort of empty spiritous flavour which is so sad, because so much more deliciousness was promised on the nose.

Full body, goes down OK but feels like it coats your mouth with lacquer at the end. So dry.

Not sure what's gone wrong between me and this palate, but goddamn that was one delicious smell. Would probably pair really well with a pot roast with speck, or a pulled pork roll, but on its own it just doesn't quite stand up for me.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2013 04:55:26 | More by laituegonflable
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served on tap in a chalice glass

Appearance – The beer is served a murky and hazy golden bronze color with a small white head. The head fades quite fast, but leaves a fantastic level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is sweet and smoky. The sweet is a mix of lighter fruity aromas of citrus and banana as well as a sweet caramel and sweet bready smell. Along these aromas is a whole lot of a smoky smell. The smoke brings with it some smells of bacon and a decent showing of an oaky smell. Along with these smells is a little bit of an earthy and pine smell rounding out the aroma quite nicely.

Taste – The taste begins with a sweetness of lighter fruits and a nice bready and biscuit base. Upfront the smoke is already present with it growing stronger and stronger in nature as the flavor advances. While the smoke grows stronger, some notes of oak develop more toward the middle of the taste being joined by some flavors of alcohol and caramel as well. In the end, notes of pine and earthy hops arrive on the scene as the alcohol and smoke flavors become quite a bit stronger in nature. These flavors when all combined leave a lightly bitter sweet and oaky smoke flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is very thick and chewy with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. The thick and chewy body are great for all the sweet, boozy, smoky and oaky flavors of the brew making this one a rather slow sipper as it should be.

Overall – A slow sipping, moderately sweet but smoky, oaky and nicely bittered barleywine. A nice brew to sit down and sip from time to time.

Serving type: on-tap

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Old Guardian OAK - SMOKED Barleywine from Stone Brewing Co.
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