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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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681 Ratings

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Ratings: 681
Reviews: 154
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 13.3%
Wants: 6
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: EgadBananas on 02-18-2013)
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Photo of J_Dub
4.56/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours an amber/copper color. Minimal lacing but with a decent off-white head initially that vanishes quickly.

The initial smell is of malts. This is very quickly married with a robust oak aroma. I can almost smell the "heat" of the alcohol. Wonderful smell overall.

The taste is similar to the smell. Immediate malt and oak mixture. After a few sips I can detect a certain sweetness to it. Some brown sugar perhaps. Some bitterness but surprisingly little compared to what I was expecting. Even less bitterness than many IPA's. The 11% is almost completely hidden by the wonderful smokey oak, malt, dark sugars blend.

Thick mouthfeel with the appropriate amount of carbonation (small) for the style. Very smooth especially considered the complexity of the flavors.

My favorite barley wine by far. I'm actually not a fan of the style but this may have converted me. Wonderful color, smell and taste combine to make this Stone another great beer. The price was such that I will be buying this more often.

J_Dub, May 24, 2013
Photo of GaryMarkle84
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

GaryMarkle84, May 24, 2013
Photo of Txgirlie
2.5/5  rDev -36.1%

Txgirlie, May 23, 2013
Photo of JohnK17
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

JohnK17, May 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

GRG1313, May 23, 2013
Photo of firecrack0r
4/5  rDev +2.3%

firecrack0r, May 22, 2013
Photo of twiggamortis420
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

twiggamortis420, May 22, 2013
Photo of Drucifer
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Drucifer, May 22, 2013
Photo of WizzardOfHops
4/5  rDev +2.3%

WizzardOfHops, May 21, 2013
Photo of Lantern
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Lantern, May 21, 2013
Photo of likeemdark
4/5  rDev +2.3%

likeemdark, May 21, 2013
Photo of wpmatt16
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

wpmatt16, May 21, 2013
Photo of skaboom420
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

skaboom420, May 20, 2013
Photo of Casey3236
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Casey3236, May 20, 2013
Photo of nick_asian
4/5  rDev +2.3%

nick_asian, May 19, 2013
Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

NoLeafClover44, May 19, 2013
Photo of afrokaze
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

afrokaze, May 18, 2013
Photo of Auraan
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

Auraan, May 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

iHeartMNBeer, May 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

ElizabethEleanor, May 17, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

doucmehu, May 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

archero, May 15, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -36.1%

Zbeetleman, May 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

rainfairy, May 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

RangnaR, May 13, 2013
Old Guardian OAK - SMOKED Barleywine from Stone Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 681 ratings.