Old Guardian OAK - SMOKED Barleywine - Stone Brewing Co.
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3.58/5 rDev -8.4%
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.
11-28-2013 01:28:19 | More by DavoleBomb
4.05/5 rDev +3.6%
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.
11-18-2013 21:58:58 | More by barleywinefiend
3.99/5 rDev +2%
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.
11-14-2013 00:56:55 | More by CloudStrife
Old Guardian OAK - SMOKED Barleywine from Stone Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 677 ratings.