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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

662 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 662
Reviews: 154
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 13.27%
Wants: 6
Gots: 100 | FT: 9
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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Invictus

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

04-15-2013 22:02:49 | More by Invictus
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dominic4beer

California

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

04-15-2013 07:50:01 | More by dominic4beer
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Zuidman

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

04-15-2013 02:51:49 | More by Zuidman
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lordofstarside

Nevada

4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber to a goblet, bottled 2/2/13

Pours a mild amber that gives off orange hues on the side. Moderate transparency, most the color is concentrated at the top middle, which has a cloudy rust color. A finger of foam has receded to a half finger after a couple minutes, with low carbonation and thick lacing

Smells of spicy hop, smokey oak, pine, citrus, sweet doughy malts, and some alcohol. The smoked malts really bring together the back bone of the smell and meld well with the sweet caramel malts

Taste of upfront spicy and pine hops, smokey malts, some citrus, strong caramel, brown sugar, and alcohol. The smoke does a good job mixing with all the other flavors, everything comes together well

The feel doesn't let up either, nice spicy and bitter bite from the hops with a medium body. Creamy and chewy, goes down easy enough. Pretty drinkable

Overall the idea works. With some age the smoke will fade and the beer will get sweeter, I have two more of these and am interested to see where it goes. Fresh though it's a little like drinking a beer immediately down wind from a campfire. I'd recommend one or two for a cellar

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2013 02:17:32 | More by lordofstarside
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randylangford

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +27.6%

04-15-2013 00:50:32 | More by randylangford
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AdamMY

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark chestnut brown, witha tan head that laces wonderfully down the glass.

A vanilla and sugary sweetness to it ( think chocolate chip cookie dough), nice of freshly buttered rolls, and a nice honeyed malt profile. It only really loses points in how much I need to look for it, but when I can zone in on its aroma it is heavenly.

The smoke is far more apparent in the taste, and wow that is a strong beer. Everything in the nose but its not hiding this time, but also a very very strong smoked profile, think burnt marshmallows, and the very sweet vanilla profile of say Jack Daniels or any other charcoal mellowed whisky. Sadly this looses points ( very few points) on being such a kick in the face.

Mouthfeel is like candy syrup, yet oddly popping at the same time.

This is a huge in your face beer, and wow it is delicious.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 20:25:19 | More by AdamMY
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

04-13-2013 02:35:40 | More by Rhettroactive
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oberon

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a large tulip glass a rich deep amber with a garnet tinge a large creamy off white head atop that left multiple ringe of broken foamy lace as it settled ever so slowly into a frothy mass.Oak, smoke,dark fruit,and stinging alcohol in the nose,it's big and brash no doubt about it.Big dark fruit over top of light smoke and wood,the alcohol kicks in and really hits hard in the finish,there is some pine resin from a generous amount of hops but the brash alcohol sweetness wins the day.It's got a nice creamy texture and it goes down smooth.It's in your face with the alcohol but it's a work of brewing art in my opinon.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 00:42:52 | More by oberon
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Cdunk11

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

04-12-2013 23:46:44 | More by Cdunk11
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ralphw56

Nevada

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

04-12-2013 22:58:48 | More by ralphw56
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

04-12-2013 05:25:50 | More by oriolesfan4
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whiterapid

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

04-12-2013 04:09:22 | More by whiterapid
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lilnicky068

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

04-12-2013 00:46:08 | More by lilnicky068
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Nutwood

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

04-11-2013 18:02:26 | More by Nutwood
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mcdsports

Texas

4/5  rDev +2%

04-11-2013 01:00:03 | More by mcdsports
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ThatCracker

Virginia

4/5  rDev +2%

04-10-2013 03:21:21 | More by ThatCracker
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LambicKing

Florida

3/5  rDev -23.5%

04-10-2013 01:10:23 | More by LambicKing
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WritersBlock

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

04-09-2013 19:47:08 | More by WritersBlock
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t0rin0

California

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

04-09-2013 16:46:25 | More by t0rin0
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BEERMILER12

Maine

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a copper color with a fingers worth of off-white head

S: Quite a bit of smoke, oak, and saltiness/bacon along with lightly sweet malts and alcohol

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with quite a bit of smokiness, oak, and smoked meat/saltiness and then goes into a very mild sweetness from the malts which is rounded off by the alcohol and more smoke. Finishes surprisingly/unexpectedly bitter with an oaky undertone

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Quite dry

O: A very interesting and pleasant twist on the regular. I really think the smoke and oakiness make it quite a different beer than the regular version. I love smoked beers, and this one was no exception. A great addition to an already solid base beer. I'd love to see how this one ages

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2013 02:34:08 | More by BEERMILER12
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Bung

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. Fairly deep red pour, a very thin layer of off white.

Aroma, caramel, bready toast, some very light smoke.

Taste, a nice beach wood smoke up front. Caramel and some burnt toast. Resiny hops, turn to an acrid bitterness. The bite just does not mesh with the smoke and sweeter notes. The negatives of all 3 are accentuated, along with the alcohol heat. What starts out great, doesn't end so much a the moment. A grapefruit piney finish that isn't out of characteristic forthe style I suppose.

Medium body, well coating. Bitterness and heat just kind of ruin the drinkability for me. Quite dry. Feels like this one is close to being really good, just not there yet.

The smoked malt was nice, but the bitterness and heat did not work with it very well. Smoke really seems to only work with non-hoppy style beers. Well worth a try, but probably better off waiting this one out in the cellar.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2013 01:42:17 | More by Bung
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Lukass

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

04-09-2013 00:42:15 | More by Lukass
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Hanzo

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

04-08-2013 06:34:51 | More by Hanzo
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JacobGumina

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

04-08-2013 05:47:41 | More by JacobGumina
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tstigz

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

04-07-2013 22:57:14 | More by tstigz
Old Guardian OAK - SMOKED Barleywine from Stone Brewing Co.
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