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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

666 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 666
Reviews: 154
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 13.27%
Wants: 6
Gots: 101 | FT: 10
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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grumpygerman

Alabama

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

11-18-2013 01:55:05 | More by grumpygerman
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aztraz

Sweden

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

11-16-2013 20:26:21 | More by aztraz
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lucasj82

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

11-16-2013 12:35:24 | More by lucasj82
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ryser2k

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

11-15-2013 15:10:05 | More by ryser2k
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Silverpath6

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

11-14-2013 17:14:40 | More by Silverpath6
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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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Keiferfillinger

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

11-13-2013 21:44:41 | More by Keiferfillinger
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jzlyo

Iowa

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

11-12-2013 23:48:36 | More by jzlyo
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eulerthegrape

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

11-12-2013 18:21:59 | More by eulerthegrape
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BigJYoungblood

Oregon

3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

11-09-2013 08:02:32 | More by BigJYoungblood
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calcnerd

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

11-07-2013 03:34:59 | More by calcnerd
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Tiernan

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

11-07-2013 03:08:52 | More by Tiernan
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cjgator3

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

11-04-2013 02:40:31 | More by cjgator3
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DerrickW

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

11-03-2013 16:29:34 | More by DerrickW
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SonOfOdin

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

10-31-2013 04:23:35 | More by SonOfOdin
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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev +2%

10-30-2013 19:09:26 | More by papat444
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BEERschlitz

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

10-24-2013 18:29:47 | More by BEERschlitz
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lighthabit

Oregon

4/5  rDev +2%

10-22-2013 04:08:47 | More by lighthabit
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RinZo

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

10-19-2013 18:12:10 | More by RinZo
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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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fearfactory

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

10-13-2013 01:38:48 | More by fearfactory
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NickyDee21

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

10-12-2013 15:08:54 | More by NickyDee21
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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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Ivegotmule

North Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

10-12-2013 00:16:14 | More by Ivegotmule
Old Guardian OAK - SMOKED Barleywine from Stone Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 666 ratings.