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

709 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 709
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 13.3%
Wants: 7
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: EgadBananas on 02-18-2013)
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Photo of alexgash
4.26/5  rDev +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.

Photo of Disease
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of buzzy
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of MarioM
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Ted
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Sparty55
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of BrianSherry
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of AgentMunky
3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
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."

Photo of ChrisKayler
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of acevenom
4.26/5  rDev +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.

Photo of ericlawton007
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of goalie33
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of QuakeAttack
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of kevindp9
2/5  rDev -48.8%

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear, rich, ruby-red coloration, short-lived, film-leaving, off-white head.

Aroma: Deep, rich, immense malt aromatics, swiftly subsumed by oaky overtones. Inevitably, smoke seeps up from below and covers it all. Rearing into the region of "hot."

Taste: First sip, hotness hits hard, blistering the palate just a bit. Fullness of malt flavor makes a magnificent mark. It stays big and bold, with the smoke creeping onto the tongue, and the oak taking over. The flavors are remarkable, almost irresistible, and can feel my brain cells about to lose a bout with insobriety. Satisfying, if not for the high alcohol; delicious, in any event. Alcohol heat never quite becomes a problem, bitterness matches the mighty malt.

A really unique brew, with the intense maltiness of the Old Guardian barley-wine remaining intact and integral, with the oak and the smoke making significant additions from time to time. This is just fantastic on tap, and I'll get some bottles for cellaring, to see how this improves with age.

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.68/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Old Guardian pours a darkish red hue, with a long lasting lacing head. There is a pronounced wine like aromas, with lots of smokey notes. The taste has a nice subtle and smooth wine like flavor, with lots of smoke. Easy to drink, and great full flavors. Overall a fantastic barleywine, the flavors come together, unique, and I think its the best barlywine to date.

Photo of artdob
4.31/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

The bottle said "smoked" - which translates to a "must" sample.

Pours an attractive rich orange brown. Modest initial head subsides withn about two minutes, but that's ok for this style imho.

Nose is barleywine sweetness. Light smokiness comes through as well - nice!

Taste - wow, completely unexpected. Thought I would get the massive sweetness I've had on Stone's flagship barleywine. But instead, bitterness with the hops doing their thing here. Smokiness, in a pronounced way here. I can tell this one is going to be an experience to be savored.

Dryness on the mouthfeel with a bit of a tingle for the top of the palate.

This is nicely balanced for me. Sweetness, smokiness, bitterness - all in pleasant proportions.

Photo of jordanmckell
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Braseltonage
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- Bright and clear, deep amber but more orange than red. 1/2" of sticky yellowy head.
S- Sweet toffee aromas off the bat. Reminiscent of the original right off the bat. Sweetness wafted away by hints oak, a little smoke but not overpowering. Very interesting contrasts and complexity. Peaks the interest.
T- Considerably more smoke on the initial sip than on the nose. Sweetness quickly intertwined with the smoke. An almost scotch-like peat. Tobacco, leather, with a very slight sweet bacon-like finish. Flavor much less sweet than the aroma, the bitterness seems to come from the smokey tannins.
M- Full and rich. The smoke brings a nicer than anticipated dryness.
O- Really nice, would love to grab a couple more and try them in a couple of years to see how it mellows. As a fan of the original, this is a very intriguing take.

Photo of agreenman19
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of fox227
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Cvescalante
4.34/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This one was poured into my sweet Jester King glass..

A- Beautiful reddish beer, very sticky lacing

S- Campfire smokiness to this one very prominent. You get the piney hop smell and maybe some dark fruit to it.

T- Again smokey. Some mild tart cherry flavor, resinous piney hops to it. Bitter, sweet, smokey...

O- If you don't like smoked beers, this isn't for you. I tend to like them, especially in the nose, but the flavor is pretty great as well. Stone makes beer that may be harsh on the taste buds, but I'm loving this one. I'd buy it again for sure.

Photo of ocelot2500
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear deep amber color with a creamy off-white head that leaves big chunks of lacing.

Smells of caramel malts with a a good dose of smoke.

Tastes of a bit of the smoke off the bat with more standard barleywine notes coming through underneath. Solid smoke notes lead off with caramel malts coming through next. Touches of sweetness come through with some fruitiness as well. Some citrus and pine hops come through blending into a bit of booziness.

Mouth feel is full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a good take on the standard Old Guardian as the smoke is well represented, but not overdone.

Photo of Rizalini
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured this Odd-Year bomber into my Deschutes tulip...

A - Pours a slightly hazy ruby color, with 1 1/2 fingers of light tan colored head.

S - Smells bready with some dark fruits, a little cinnamon and smokyness.

T/M - The smokiness hits at the very beginning of the sip, then I get a wave of booziness, followed by some caramel malts, and finishes with a stong bitterness that coats my tongue. Medium/heavy mouthfeel and kinda slick on the pallate. Good carbonation.

O - This is a big barleywine! Alcohol is very present and sharp. I like the smokiness with this agressively hopped barleywine. I feel that this is a winner, and I'm going to get at least one more to age for at least a year.

Old Guardian OAK - SMOKED Barleywine from Stone Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 709 ratings.