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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

656 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 656
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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anson42

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

06-21-2013 20:21:37 | More by anson42
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mychalg9

Illinois

4/5  rDev +1.8%

06-21-2013 02:37:56 | More by mychalg9
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alamode

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

06-20-2013 22:51:03 | More by alamode
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Beer4Baltimore

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

06-20-2013 05:21:24 | More by Beer4Baltimore
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outoffocus

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.8%

06-19-2013 02:09:00 | More by outoffocus
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EigenBeer

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

06-18-2013 19:57:55 | More by EigenBeer
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mdfb79

New York

3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From 06/17/13 notes. Had an 8oz. pour of this on tap at Pony Bar on the UES in NYC, side by side with 2010 normal Old Guardian.

a - Pours a hazy amber brown color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Leaves some light lacing on the glass. Looks exactly the same as the normal OG.

s - Smells of smoke, caramel malts, toffee, toasted malts, light dark fruits, and burnt malts. Nose is nice, but the smoke is heavy and dominates it a little bit. I like the normal version better as more comes through.

t - Tastes of smoked malts, toasted malts, oak, fruits, caramel malts, and charcoal. Smoke dominates the taste; not bad, but again, takes away from a great beer by dominating like it does.

m - Medium to full body and moderate carbonation.

o - Overall a good beer but the smoke takes away from the base by dominating it too much. If you like a lot of ham and smoke you'll probably like this one, but I'd much rather just go with the normal version personally.

Serving type: on-tap

06-18-2013 15:33:25 | More by mdfb79
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Hopmodium

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

06-18-2013 04:40:05 | More by Hopmodium
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Pencible

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a hazy dark copper with moderate light tan head.
S: It smelled like charcoal and campfire smoke, with some highly caramelized ham and raisin, with a bit of roasted coffee.
T: It tasted like copper hops and peaty smoke and charred oak, with some earthy caramel and alcohol. It had a lasting bitter and smoky aftertaste with alcohol warming.
M: It was thick with lots of carbonation. Nice huge body.
D: This was a great rauchbier. The scent and taste were surprisingly smoky and oaky, with great body. The finish was a little harsh with noticeable alcohol, so it was easier to sip. Age may help mellow, but I kind of like this beast with an edge. I didn't expect such a departure from the standard brew, but was pleasantly surprised.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 19:06:13 | More by Pencible
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SmellsofMahagony

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

06-15-2013 04:40:03 | More by SmellsofMahagony
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jsanford

Georgia

4/5  rDev +1.8%

06-15-2013 00:19:02 | More by jsanford
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Thedrizzle

Florida

4/5  rDev +1.8%

06-14-2013 03:18:57 | More by Thedrizzle
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Dreamer

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

06-13-2013 22:35:27 | More by Dreamer
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GrindFatherBob

New York

2.5/5  rDev -36.4%

06-13-2013 08:39:03 | More by GrindFatherBob
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oline73

Maryland

4/5  rDev +1.8%

06-12-2013 03:06:49 | More by oline73
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is a lot better than the regular old guardian, with a major new level of complexity. the pour is red tinted with some whiskey colors of gold and brass, and a small foam tan head. the nose is peaty, with notes of smoking wet wood, too green to burn clean. I smell candy sugar and a warming vanilla element from the oak. the flavor is very complex, all the fruity sweetness of the regular version, but its more relaxed, more mature, more wise and profound. molasses and scotch, a nice combination, round out the finish. the alcohol is also hidden much better in this one, the smoke tempers it out quite a lot, and im happy to drink a taller glass of this. full bodied and sweet, but not diabetic like some big barleywines. carbonation is adequate, but could be a little stronger to make this all the more drinkable. overall a beer im glad I got to try, it makes me think much more highly of the old guardian, a beer that lends itself brilliantly to the oak and smoke treatment.

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2013 17:24:56 | More by StonedTrippin
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BurgeoningBrewhead

Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into 34oz mug. Poured clear dark ruby with a thick off-white head. Smelled clean, with lots of malt. Hops were secondary, with oak and a bit of smoke scent as it warms. Taste was a big spicy mouthfeel, sweet malt and a bit of yeast, bitter hops toward the end. A sweeter smooth oak finish, with boozyness mellowed by the oak but still present, with smoky flavors very present in the finish. As sort of my second foray into smoked beers, I'm loving them.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2013 16:50:58 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
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litheum94

California

3/5  rDev -23.7%

06-10-2013 00:38:12 | More by litheum94
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Split with angrybabboon.

Appearance: Relatively clear, slight haze on a solid amber/copperwith some browns at the edges. Massive light beige head drops to a few clumps. Solid chunky collar lasts for the duration. Solid sheets of lacing.

Smell: The expected big sweet maltiness. Caramel and toffee, lots of toffee. Booze and a solid smoked malt presence. Bacon and oak. Very meaty. Aggressively hopped with citrus and some earthy elements. Some salt and almost maple. The smoked malt actually covers up most of the typical Old Guardian aromas, helping to mute the sweetness.

Taste: Big sugary malt sweetness. Cooked and caremlized pushing toffee and caramel. Leafy citrus from the hops. A bit earthy. Smoke backs up the sweetness nicely, tasting less meaty. Booze and toasted malt. Bready and sweet. A bit rough around the edges. Nice round oak character. Big across the board. Smoke and some ash.

Mouthfeel: Slick and slightly oily. Medium body with an average carbonation. A bit juicier than expected.

Overall: You can smoke whatever you like.

A nice addition to Old Guardian. Unusually find it a bit too muddled and sweet, but the oak and smoke help tone it down. A bit much to think about drinking an entire bottle alone, but enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 20:17:10 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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angrybabboon

Rhode Island

3.41/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 6/9/13

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this beer

Appearance: Deep amber, with hints of ruby - nice clarity - pours with a big, creamy, off-white head - leaves some nice streaks of lacing

Smell: Very malty with a strong, smoky character - rich, dark, caramel malts - big, cooked grains - some caramelization - earthy and grassy notes - smoky oak, with an emphasis on the smoke - like, very smoky - fortunately, the potency of the smoke diminishes over time

Taste: Malty and smoky, as the smell would suggest - cooked, caramelized malts and grains - very grainy and earthy (which is to be expected with Old Guardian) - sweet caramel and coffee - lots of malty sweetness - lots of booze, which is pretty obvious - a strong undercurrent of smoke, which kind of works, kind of doesn't

Mouthfeel: Full, slick, oily body, with a boozy, earthy finish

Overall: This kind of reminds me of why I don't smoke cigars

This is what I imagine Old Guardian would taste like if you were attempting to pair it with a cigar. It kind of works, but I also think the smoke doesn't add much to the flavor. It's an interesting experiment, but not really an improvement over standard Old Guardian.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 20:13:46 | More by angrybabboon
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jaxon53

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

06-09-2013 20:02:44 | More by jaxon53
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Billolick

New York

4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013

P- Hazed darker almond amber, fine bubble head, leaves what its supposed to leave

S- light malts on the nose

T- Smooth and super flavorful. Light smoke, wood, caramel malts, whiskey come to mind.

M- Smooth is the word here. Lower carbonation , velvet on the tongue.

O- High quality sipper, that I enjoyed every sip of...

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 19:59:04 | More by Billolick
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LI_PO12

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into Tulip

Appearance- Deep Copper, half finger white head, fairly clear

Aroma-Sweet caramel, toffee, getting the smoke but its not overpowering, grapefruit, citrus, light fruit, pine, some oak, little bit of alcohol

Flavor- On the sweet side but pretty balanced, caramel, toffee, the smoke come through more here, still some citrus and maybe pine hops poking through, very easy to drink considering the abv, but some alcohol shows up as it warms

Mouthfeel-Pretty full, medium carbonation, warming alcohol

Overall-I prefer the original more, but I can't really complain to much here. its a nice experiment. I was afraid it would be an overly boozy smokey beer, but the smoke fits in well and doesn't overwhelm and even seems to hide the abv a bit. Worth picking up if the like the original version. I may even grab one more.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 04:25:15 | More by LI_PO12
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HattedClassic

Virginia

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

Appearance:
The beer pours a fairly decent white head that lasts quite a bit. The beer itself is a clear ruby red.

Smell:
The smoked smell dominates the palate and a fruity smell along with a hoppy, grapefruit smell mix with the smoked smell.

Taste:
Sweet and smoky. The fruity taste replicates the smell and mixes well with the bitter hop taste. The smoky taste is less than the smell and is actually an aftertaste. The alcohol is vey light and almost undetectable.

Mouthfeel:
Biting carbonation and heavy bodied but not that it's thick but rather pleasant and smooth.

Overall:
A damn fine barleywine and one that I'll pick up again.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2013 00:43:15 | More by HattedClassic
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Beerquester

Pennsylvania

4.76/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Let me just start by saying I have tasted a lot of barleywines, but strangely do not enjoy most of them. This, however, is the exception. When this was offered on draft at nearby Bottleworks, I just couldn't help going back for more. This beer had all the great qualities I look for in a barleywine, without going overboard on any one thing. In other words, it was very well-balanced between the malts, hops, smoke, and oak. You could tell there was some alcohol in here, but not an overwhelming warming sensation. Oak and caramel (with some toffee) comes through very prominently, with smoke in second. Full-bodied with velvety texture, fully attenuated, crisp. Color medium amber, off-white and long-lasting head and very pleasant finish to the beer with no unpleasant aftertaste. A little more on the sweet side than the hoppy side of the spectrum, but as I stated, very closely balanced.

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2013 23:24:18 | More by Beerquester
Old Guardian OAK - SMOKED Barleywine from Stone Brewing Co.
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