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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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very good

723 Ratings

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Ratings: 723
Reviews: 157
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 13.01%
Wants: 10
Gots: 111 | 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:
Beer added by: EgadBananas on 02-18-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 723 | Reviews: 157
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3.57/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 1/16/13.

Pours a clear dark orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, smoked malt, beef jerky, oak, and alcohol aromas. Taste is much the same with smoke, oak, and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of smoke and hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the beef jerky aspect I am getting out of this one is a bit off putting.

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4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. bottle. 2013 Odd Year Release.

Pours a brilliant amber gold with faint particulates suspended like yeasty snowflakes. Tallish, two fingers of whipped, dense, light sandy beige head. Terrific lacing up the sides of the tulip. At first whiff, plenty of boozy, toffeeish, candy apple-ish, fruity barleywine notes. Hiding behind this barrage, though, I get some definite oak and woody tannins. Oh, and further swirling and sniffing reveals light campfire smoke. Excellent--I was hoping the smoke would be noticeable. So far so good.

Toasted malt quickly gives way to fruity, caramel-y malt sweetness. Alcohol shows up right away with rummy fruity complexity. Charred, bitterish edge interrupts this boozy malt party. Notes of oak, woody tannins, herbal bitterness, and vanilla before the finish. Faint smoke before, but definite campfire goodness in the long, warming, bitterish finish. Some lingering fruit malt as well. Full-bodied, with a lush, creamy feel. I really like the oak and smoke added to what was already a great barleywine. With that said, I feel like a little age might help the flavors meld together better and maybe turn the heat down a notch. Still, very good.

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3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a brandy snifter.

A: Nice head, clear auburn. Moderate effervescence.

S: Grapes. Which was certainly not what I expected. Nice toasty malt, but I dunno if I'd call it smoke...

T/M: Well it certainly tastes smoked, but also full of fruit. Peach, apple, and pear mixed in with an strong, earthy bitterness. Could be English hops, could be the smoked malt. The aftertaste is overly sweetish and slightly acrid. Mouthfeel is dull.

O: Interesting, but not something I'd seek out or recommend.

Notes: "We used oak-smoked wheat malt from Germany at 20 percent of the grain bill to provide the smoke aroma and flavor for this beer. The result is a very nice blend of the classic Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine flavors with an additional smoky component that is well-blended and complements the overall character of the beer."

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4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into an Old Guardian glass. The beer pours clear dark copper with a thick, foamy eggshell colored head that dissipates slowly. The head leaves behind very plentiful lacing as it recedes. Some tiny bubbles can be seen rising in the beer. The first scent that hits the nose is the distinctive oak smoked malt to the level of smokiness I recall from Eiche. I get some of those toffee notes and some alcohol. The toffee sweetness and alcohol hit up front in the first sip with the intense smokiness arriving in the back. There's some nice back end bitterness from the hops as well that lingers in with the smokiness. This tends to mingle very well with the sweetness, making an interesting brew. The body is medium to full with moderate carbonation. The alcohol provides a nice warming effect in the back of the throat. The finish is dry. This is an excellent beer. I prefer their regular barleywine, but this is certainly an interesting take on it.

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Old Guardian OAK - SMOKED Barleywine from Stone Brewing Co.
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