Old Guardian OAK - SMOKED Barleywine - Stone Brewing Co.
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3.84/5 rDev -2%
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
4.1/5 rDev +4.6%
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
Old Guardian OAK - SMOKED Barleywine from Stone Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 666 ratings.