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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

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 Bonis
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't see the point of this beer. Besides just doing it to be contrary, since it's an odd year and all.

Robust, sure. Thick body. Yeah. But the smoked element to it just clogs up the works. There is nothing really shining here. It's just a wad of barleywine-ness. But the nose is all rauchbier. I would hope that this one will get more interesting over time.

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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of WillCarrera
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle, 2013 odd year release, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a clear amber color, topped with a finger of creamy khaki head, leaves great lacing.

S- Lots of smoky wood, also a decent amount of piney, citrusy hops.

T- Sweet, bready, slightly fruity malts and a very prominent smoke, BBQ flavor. There's a large amount of piney, grapefruit hops as well. These three elements seem well-balanced, but it's the smoky wood flavor and bitterness that really stick in my mind.

M- Full-bodied, smooth feel, faint boozy warmth on the finish.

O- An interesting variation on Old Guardian, but I'm not sure how well the smoke fits in with this already hop-forward barleywine. I still don't get the super-bitter American barleywine style, so maybe it's just me, but I feel like this might have worked better if the bitterness wasn't so huge.

Photo of Mitchster
3.66/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

$7.99 for a 22oz bottle @ BevCo. Brewed with 1/5th smoked wheat malt and hopped with Warrior. 11.4% ABV, 70 IBU's.

Pours to a slightly hazy garnet amber forming a tall and poofy whipped creamy light yellow head with superior retention and gorgeous sheets of sticky lacing. Carbonation is moderately brisk, ~3.0 carbs. The nose opens with s delightful punch of smoke balanced by some subtle fruity esters of candied apples. Mouthfeel is thick and sticky with a huge body but the acidity of the hops add a puckering vegetal leafy mouthfeel. The carbonation helps offset any cloying. The taste is a recap of aroma...nice big smoke flavor balanced by sticky big malts and candied apple esters followed by a firm bitterness (I would prefer a little less bitterness here to really let the smoke shine...the bitterness overtakes the smoke by the finish), however this bitterness should mellow nicely with aging. I want to drink it fresh though. Alcohol is peppery in the aftertaste and adds some subtle warmth. Some nice crystal malt body with just a hint of roast (C80-120ish) adds some complexity.

This is a good beer, but man, if they would have dialed down the bittering hops, it would be absolutely killer...like a barleywine version of Aecht Schlenkerla Urbock. The bittering hops are too potent and are too green and add a puckering mouthfeel, even when letting it warm up and keeps this beer from elevating it from a "good beer" to "an experience."

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of thecheapies
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Auburn color. Small head. Thick legs. Lots of haze. Pretty traditional barleywine look.

Malt bomb nose of creme caramel, vanilla, toffee, sparge water, dates, and dried apricot. I can pick up a smoky, dark wheat character which adds to the creamy notes and offers a tinge of butterscotch and white chocolate.

Rich oakiness and grill smoke right upfront. Hearty malts offer toffee, roast, and raisin. Vanilla, coated by smoke, adds a velvetine sweetness. Oakiness offers dryness here and there. Herbal hop bitterness grips from mid-palate onward. It offers a nice balance from chunky sweet notes. Really unique flavors making this one delicious barleywine.

Just a light breath of booze; really impressive how masked it is. Body is lacking a little heft, but it almost convincingly drinks with the balance of a sudsy strong ale.

Oak-smoked wheat malts are used really effectively. Nothing that can compromise an already good base beer. Makes this one memorable.

Photo of snaotheus
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a large snifter

Pours reddish brown, slightly cloudy, with very little head and a small amount of extremely slow carbonation. Like the little bubbles are struggling through the beer, fighting to reach the atmosphere. Smell is oaky, a little smoky, and alcohol. Maybe some dates or plums. Taste is a little astringent, lots of alcohol, lots of fruity sweetness, lots of smoky/woody flavor. Mouthfeel is thick and rich. Overall, this is a nice beer.

Photo of cuy50
4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3/5  rDev -23.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of PicoPapa
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle. Pours a medium brown color with an inch of light tan head. Lots of lacing. The aroma is smoke, malts, cinammon, booze and maybe some citrus hops. Its difficult to pick up on anything other than the smoke. The taste is smokey with vanilla and oak. Booze and malty with a light citrus hop presence near the end. Prickly mouthfeel. Somewhat reminiscent of a Rauchbier, but with a much bigger alcohol presence. Overall, it can't compete with the regular Old Guardian but its an alright variation. Not sure I'd go out of my way to have it again.

Photo of Jason1337
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of n2185
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear copper with a finger of beige head that fades into a thin ring with little lacing.

S: sweet caramel and vanilla with mango and sweet melon/citrus hop aromas. There is a huge apricot/pineapple nose. The smoke is surprisingly subtle here.

T: While the smoke is subtle in the nose, it's huge here. Bacon and campfires come to mind prominently. Resiny, piney hop flavors kick in strongly as well with a surprising bitterness. There are underlying notes of caramel, but they're subtle for a barleywine. There is a light alcohol burn.

M: Medium-thick body with lowish carbonation, this beer avoids being too sticky sweet or watery.

O: A very unique beer and quite different than most barleywines. The hop bitterness is a bit on the strong side for now, but it may get better with age. Still, it's quite enjoyable.

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Ranz
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: From the bomber, it pours a robust two-finger head in my tulip. The color is amber, almost blood red. The lacing is a bit clumpy yet thin.

S: Those smokey notes are certainly at the fore with hints of carmelized brown sugar, cinnamon, and malt for accent.

T: That sugary-sweetness makes a killing here: it pairs nicely with the robust oak, and the finish is rather boozy and medicinal. As it warms, it takes on almost a chile-like quality, and here is where it blooms.

M: The body is rich and full while the carbonation isn't too strong. This works well with a good swig or nice, delicate sips.

O: As always, Stone delivers. The standard Old Guardian isn't anything to rave about incessantly, but this approaches that to a degree.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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