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

709 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 709
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 13.3%
Wants: 7
Gots: 105 | 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%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Tony49er
3.83/5  rDev -2%
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

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of DrJay
3.59/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Photo of santomark
4.76/5  rDev +21.7%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Slatetank
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Old Guardian OAK - SMOKED Barleywine from Stone Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 709 ratings.