Old Guardian OAK - SMOKED Barleywine - Stone Brewing Co.
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4/5 rDev +2.3%
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
04-09-2013 02:34:08 | More by BEERMILER12
3.5/5 rDev -10.5%
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.
04-09-2013 01:42:17 | More by Bung
3.74/5 rDev -4.3%
22 oz. bomber into a Stone pint glass
A: Cloudy with a dark red amber hue to it.
S: Very strong malt and alcohol smell. A very smoky smell as well.
T: Haven't had a BW in a while and I have only had a sip/sample of their regular OG BW. It does taste quite different from what I remember. It is much better after a bit of warming up. The oak and smokiness is quite prevalent. I can't say that I am a big fan of it in this context. However, the beer does grow on you, but it is still too smoky and oaky for me.
M: Very smooth with an alcoholic malt aftertaste.
O: So, far I have not liked the Odd Year Releases, but I haven't had any of the IRS Odds though. I had the Belgo a few months back. This is a beer that is meant to be very slowly sipped. It is quite warming and nice with time between sips.
04-07-2013 01:15:14 | More by gillagorilla
3.93/5 rDev +0.5%
Appearance: pours a dark orange / amber color with a 1/2" head that slowly falls to a thick surface covering.
Smell: the smoke is up front with some malt sweetness and a bit of hop presence.
Taste: nice malty backbone with definite citrus, nice hop bitterness, mild woodiness, and a dark fruit sweetness all wrapped in a mild smokey blanket. Alcohol is definitely warming and noticeable. Definite has that rachbier feel to a barley wine.
Mouthfeel: heavy in body. Light crispness to start, smoother and dry at the finish. Long lasting aftertaste.
Overall: a nice slow sipping beer for in front of a fire place on a cold evening. Glad I got to this before the spring warm up. Interesting and hits the spot when looking for a different type of barley wine.
04-05-2013 20:19:55 | More by Gavage
Old Guardian OAK - SMOKED Barleywine from Stone Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 676 ratings.