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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

676 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 676
Reviews: 154
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 13.3%
Wants: 6
Gots: 102 | 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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firecrack0r

California

4/5  rDev +2.3%

05-22-2013 22:52:01 | More by firecrack0r
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twiggamortis420

Texas

4.28/5  rDev +9.5%

22 oz bomber pours a lightly hazed crimson color with a creamy head of dense beige head. Nice retention, decent lace.

The smoke plays really nicely off the sweet malt base of OG. Hops dont seem to clash with the smoke as much as I had feared. Smells pretty dang good.

I was afraid this would not be smoky enough for me, but Stone seems to have added just enough to provide a rich, meaty smoke flavor and still keep it firmly in the barleywine category. It really smooths out the alcohol and the bitterness. I prefer this over regular Old Guardian by a longshot and am really digging this. Im going to have to see if I can pick up another couple bottles, though I am hesitant to age it for fear of the smoke fading.

05-22-2013 21:22:28 | More by twiggamortis420
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Drucifer

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2.3%

05-22-2013 03:43:57 | More by Drucifer
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WizzardOfHops

California

4/5  rDev +2.3%

05-21-2013 22:54:17 | More by WizzardOfHops
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Lantern


4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

05-21-2013 22:07:58 | More by Lantern
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likeemdark

California

4/5  rDev +2.3%

05-21-2013 17:09:37 | More by likeemdark
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wpmatt16

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

05-21-2013 03:28:31 | More by wpmatt16
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skaboom420

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

05-20-2013 11:13:28 | More by skaboom420
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Casey3236

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.3%

05-20-2013 01:43:49 | More by Casey3236
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nick_asian

Nevada

4/5  rDev +2.3%

05-19-2013 07:01:11 | More by nick_asian
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NoLeafClover44

Delaware

4.24/5  rDev +8.4%

22 oz. bottle poured into a DFH signature glass. Bottled on February 7, 2013.

A - Pours a dark auburn-brown with a thick, two finger tuft of off-white head. The head dies slowly and leaves behind a curtain of lacing.

S - Smells of molasses and brown sugar. Sweet and bitter with a meaty smoke character, almost leathery. Peat moss and raisins contribute to the diverse and interesting aroma.

T - Starts with caramel and a mellow apple-plum fruitiness. Toasted mesquite wood follows with a BBQ smoky sweetness. There is hardly any bitterness, but it is not overly sweet either. The alcohol is well hidden by the complex flavors.

M - Awesome mouthfeel. Thick with a savory fullness and great carbonation. The alcohol is an afterthought, despite the 11.4% billing.

O - This is a unique beer that highlights the smoke flavor in a different way than most other beers. There is a chewy, meaty, smoke character that sets this apart form the original version. Excellent complexity and drinkability. At under $6 for a bomber, this is a bargain beer that I hope Stone makes again.

05-19-2013 01:26:41 | More by NoLeafClover44
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afrokaze

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

05-18-2013 22:37:10 | More by afrokaze
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Auraan

Arizona

3.93/5  rDev +0.5%

Poured a deep amber, but with very little head that didn't stick around. Rings of lacing were left down the glass. It looks pretty good, but more head would be beautiful. Scents of burnt sugar and smokey wood. Flavor begins with a hit of sweet and roast malt moving into smokey flavors with some hop bitterness and ending with a bitter and smokey aftertaste. Also a pronounced hit of alcohol and alcohol burn. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and sticky, with moderate carbonation. Big, abrasive and intense, like every Stone beer. It's pretty good, and I'll probably pick up a second bottle to age, but I've had better.

05-18-2013 06:25:24 | More by Auraan
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iHeartMNBeer

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

05-18-2013 03:30:33 | More by iHeartMNBeer
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ElizabethEleanor

Texas

4/5  rDev +2.3%

05-17-2013 03:06:23 | More by ElizabethEleanor
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doucmehu

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

05-15-2013 22:59:46 | More by doucmehu
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archero

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

05-15-2013 03:58:55 | More by archero
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Zbeetleman

California

2.5/5  rDev -36.1%

05-15-2013 03:08:40 | More by Zbeetleman
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rainfairy

California

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

05-14-2013 08:18:00 | More by rainfairy
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RangnaR

California

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

05-13-2013 19:55:23 | More by RangnaR
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leftstagebrew

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.3%

05-13-2013 16:58:13 | More by leftstagebrew
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mikeincharleston

South Carolina

2/5  rDev -48.8%

05-13-2013 14:49:52 | More by mikeincharleston
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powdersoldier

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

05-12-2013 16:00:03 | More by powdersoldier
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Beefytits4

Illinois

2/5  rDev -48.8%

05-12-2013 14:11:38 | More by Beefytits4
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goochpunch

Texas

3.7/5  rDev -5.4%

Pours out a red-amber. Barely any head lingers. Just a ring off bubbles around the glass. Nose is boozy, hoppy, with a slight hint of smoke in the background. Flavor is very sweet and boozy up front. I get a touch of smoke in the middle. Finish is very bitter with some lingering alcohol. Mouthfeel is smooth, low carbonation. This needs some time to mellow. I think the booze is a little rough, and the hops could use a little time to chill just to mesh with everything else. I must say, that slight hint of smoke in the flavor makes this more drinkable than this year's normal OG. Gonna put a bottle of this away for a long while.

05-12-2013 03:25:54 | More by goochpunch
Old Guardian OAK - SMOKED Barleywine from Stone Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 676 ratings.