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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

658 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 658
Reviews: 154
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.98%
Wants: 6
Gots: 100 | FT: 9
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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LikeARollingStout

North Carolina

4.36/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark amber/brown. Not quite crystal clear, and tons of lacings. A gorgeous two-finger head that slowly dissipated.

S - Not too boozy for a barleywine. A ton of roasty malts give it a sweet, perhaps caramelly aroma. Some hops and fruit, and of course smoke.

T - Roasty malts are the backbone of this brew. Pretty sweet, and the booze is well masked. Mild hops come through on the end. Not overly smokey: just enough. Definitely fruity throughout, though I can't place any particulars. Maybe apples and cherries? Anyways, it's well balanced.

M - Moderately carbonated and medium to full bodied.

O - Probably my favorite of the few barleywines that I've had. Its a lot to handle, just like any barely wine, but every now and again I get in the mood for an in-your-face beer from Stone. I like this better than the classic Old Guardian. The smokiness completes it.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2013 01:54:55 | More by LikeARollingStout
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richj1970

Alabama

4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bomber into tulip glass.

A: Dark brown with copper tones. Nice 1-2 finger off white head with some nice lacing.

S: Smoke is coming through nicely. Reminds me of a nice BBQ. Some sweet malts and caramel in the back.

T: Sweet barley mixed with faint smokey and fruit flavors. A bit of spice lingering but having trouble placing it. Fairly complex and nicely balanced.

M: Rich and full bodied. Nicely carbonated. Borders almost a bit too syrupy sweet but it helps to offset the smoke.

O: Complex brew and nicely balanced. Going to drink a regular one later this week to compare, but this was definitely enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2013 15:27:47 | More by richj1970
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Sokool

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

07-06-2013 06:00:03 | More by Sokool
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mverity

Florida

3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Like all of the rest of the smoked series from Stone, entirely too smokey. Color was fantastic. Prefect light brown and it had a great tan head. The smell was sweet and slightly bready. The taste was, as I mentioned, WAY too smokey. The smoke took front and center. The sweet maltiness that I love so much was pushed towards an almost hoppy bitter/sweet mess. I love Stone, but I know now to steer clear of their smoked beers.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2013 03:42:41 | More by mverity
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pkalix

California

4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

so this is barleywine... I always wanted to see what 'barleywine' is...
pours a nice deep red with a yellowish(?), ambitious top. clingy head.
smells . . . . malt-y. one side of my nose is clogging, but the other side is not detecting much other than a slight malt.
taste . . . . heady, bitter, slightly hoppy. what exactly, is a barleywine? I need to do some research. this just tastes a little like an over-hopped brew (typical of Stone), yet not too hoppy, and its greatest trait is being high-abv-ed and drinkable. I can respect that, I guess.
after reading BA's version of a barleywine, I want to try the English version. but this is not bad at all. i'm opposed to the extra hoppiness and bitterness, but I've come to appreciate it a bit more recently. I even taste hops in my mouth at work, sometimes, thinking of my next endeavor.
overall, this is decent. kind of like a higher-classed version of pounding mickey big-mouths, I suppose.... and it's cheaper! in the long run...

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2013 02:31:25 | More by pkalix
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illidurit

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

07-05-2013 03:54:36 | More by illidurit
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smartassboiler

Illinois

4/5  rDev +1.8%

07-04-2013 22:46:13 | More by smartassboiler
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bobv

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

07-04-2013 15:52:35 | More by bobv
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shand

Florida

4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mmmmm, rauchbier barleywine. The balance is rather nice, you get the barleywine in a fairly pure state up front. Then the oak and smokiness come in to rule the finish. There's a bit of booze on the finish that mingles with the smoke. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of full-bodied, and well carbonated. This was also an excellent pair with some cheese that helped temper the meatiness of the smoke. A tasty brew that's more likely to play with the rauchbier fan as opposed to the barleywine fan.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2013 01:30:27 | More by shand
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BlurryVisi0n

New York

3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter glass.

Appearance:A beautiful dark (but transparent) copper body with medium bubbles throught...the head coming an off-white rising to just about 3/4" (hard pour of course).

Smell: I can smell it right off the bat, a wood chip smoked...comes in and out

Taste: Tastes better than it smells. Bitter and a little sweet scotch. Smoked...yes it is, not like a rauch bier because so much smoother.Barley and a sweet hops and very complex.

Mouth: Medium and freaking sticky. Think of it as gum never losing the flavor...I place the glass down and dry smoked finish at the end feels reminiscent of barbeque

Overall: This is a very good beer, splash of of something different. I love Stone's original this one they tried to tweak but not as good as the original. Doesn't mean it's bad at all...like I stated before, very good. Having this right after a beautiful steak....Salud!

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2013 01:27:24 | More by BlurryVisi0n
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DSkilling

California

4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

06-30-2013 21:13:22 | More by DSkilling
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codynevels

California

4/5  rDev +1.8%

06-30-2013 17:49:11 | More by codynevels
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BrewSTL

Missouri

2.5/5  rDev -36.4%

06-30-2013 02:54:05 | More by BrewSTL
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Tonmeister

Georgia

4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured in a pint mug

Appearance: reddish amber with a thick off-white head.

Smell: sweet barley with a sweet fruity blend. The smoked characteristics stand out. Caramel, sweet roasted malt and a hint of alcohol.

Taste: Rich and malty, I can taste the smokiness. It is a very sweet roasted/smoked malt, but this is a very well balanced beer. I cannot taste the alcohol. It has a very unique and distinctive taste to it.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a great beer. It reminds me of the Rauchbier style. It tastes like it, but this is definitely sweeter than the german Rauchbier with a slight bitterness towards the end. This is a great balanced beer, I would definitely buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2013 05:24:03 | More by Tonmeister
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Roman5150

Spain

4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

bottle into tulip

appearance: dark red with hints of mahogany, 1 finger white head

smell: roasted smokiness, oak, earthy, beef jerky, if i was smelling blind i would say this was a Rauchbier.

taste: Lots of oak smokiness, roasted malt backbone that has a lot of sweetness, the slightest hint of espresso also makes an appearance. Pretty well balanced, but the smokiness obviously dominates the palate, with the sweet oak body rounding it out. Also getting some notes of caramel, vanilla, and even some borderline-bourbon undertones. The finish is smoky and has a sort of roasted bitterness that lingers.

mouthfeel: medium-high carbonation, somewhat thick bodied

overall: Basically this tastes like barleywine meets a German rauchbier, and in my opinion, that's a damn good combination. Compared to the normal Old Guardian, the malt sweetness is still present, but the hoppiness and bitterness is exchanged for a full roasted, smoked flavor that dominates the palate, but still remains in balance with the rest of the brew. Another success from Stone.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2013 05:21:56 | More by Roman5150
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NumberNone

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

06-29-2013 02:12:28 | More by NumberNone
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hellhammermario

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

06-27-2013 09:56:23 | More by hellhammermario
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HumanParaquat

Indiana

3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

06-27-2013 04:46:41 | More by HumanParaquat
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randysandals

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

06-26-2013 15:48:54 | More by randysandals
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bluesfan1181

Missouri

4/5  rDev +1.8%

06-24-2013 22:20:17 | More by bluesfan1181
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BostonPhilly

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

06-24-2013 19:35:05 | More by BostonPhilly
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RebornStussy

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

06-24-2013 18:48:41 | More by RebornStussy
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Zachtheporter

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

06-23-2013 06:14:20 | More by Zachtheporter
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chuckv

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.8%

06-23-2013 05:11:17 | More by chuckv
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wrightst

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

06-22-2013 21:17:33 | More by wrightst
Old Guardian OAK - SMOKED Barleywine from Stone Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 658 ratings.