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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

679 Ratings

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Ratings: 679
Reviews: 154
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 13.3%
Wants: 6
Gots: 104 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: EgadBananas on 02-18-2013)
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Photo of hardy008
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%

Pours a dark amber color with one finger off white head with good retention and lacing. the aroma has smoked malt, oak, and caramel.

Tastes sweet and smoky with a good amount of bitterness for balance. There is smoked malt, oak, citrus, caramel, and dark fruit. Even though this beer has aged for a while, I can taste the hop bitterness which was used to balance out the sweet and smoky malt taste. The alcohol is well disguised for an 11.40 % abv beer.

Medium to full bodied with average carbonation. There is a smoky bittersweet aftertaste. Very nicely made.

hardy008, May 13, 2014
Photo of kybeerdrinker
4/5  rDev +2.3%

kybeerdrinker, May 11, 2014
Photo of Stinkypuss
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%

The taste is sugary and malty with a dry smoke and oak profile. The smoke flavor lasts into the aftertaste. Fruit, namely cherry and date, come across well with booze and caramel notes. Real deep flavors from the big malts, oak and smoke. Tempered sweetness and very full and smooth. As expected, this beer really opens up as it warms. Overall, quite fantastic.

Stinkypuss, May 08, 2014
Photo of RaijinQ
4/5  rDev +2.3%

RaijinQ, May 06, 2014
Photo of buschbeer
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%

1 Pt. 6 Fl. Oz. bottle
Served in a Stone tulip

A - This beer is deep amber. It is topped with three inches of tan, clinging head.

S - I smell lots of smoke and a little salted pork.

T - I get more smoke, but the barley wine parts the smoke and comes through. It almost tastes like Arrogant Bastard trying to get through.

M - Medium

O - I like this beer. This has more of a rauchbier flavor than just smoke, and the base beer is a nice compliment to the smokiness.

buschbeer, Apr 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

atrocity, Apr 23, 2014
Photo of Tuckersmth
2.5/5  rDev -36.1%

Tuckersmth, Apr 22, 2014
Photo of assman79
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

assman79, Apr 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

afsdan, Apr 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

p-wagz, Apr 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

dphillips, Mar 30, 2014
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5/5  rDev +27.9%

Bluescooter, Mar 29, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -42.5%

masterofsparks, Mar 24, 2014
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5/5  rDev +27.9%

vma, Mar 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

DavidHume, Mar 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

DaftPatrick, Mar 19, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Fettpopps, Mar 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Duff27, Mar 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Loco_Joe, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of schoolboy
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%

I wanted something unique and new to me today and this fit the bill pretty well. It is a very neat looking barleywine with gorgeous deep brown color, clarity and a nice little head.

The aroma is sweet and boozy. At first it was sort of funky dishwatery (I hope that wasn't reacting with my glass) but it improved - the second glass is way better. The booze also hits in the second glass in aroma and effect.

The taste is all over the place - a busy barleywine. The smoked flavor is down a little low, but it's there and it's good. The aftertaste is hard core and boozy. It's bitter - more so than usual.

This is a little bit of a let down from Stone. Usually their special brews are very special, this one is very good, but not a genre killer.

schoolboy, Mar 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Chuck_25, Mar 07, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -29.7%

Minnesota_beer_guy, Mar 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

ToddHolder, Mar 04, 2014
Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%

On-tap at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is very dark hazy amber in color. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down, leaving lots of lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass and lots of lacing down the sides.
S: Moderate aromas of smoked oak chips are present in the nose.
T: The taste is mostly dominated by flavors of oak along with notes of smoke.
M: It feels just about full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I wasn't very impressed with this beer as it seemed a little too smoky, and these aromas and flavors didn't mesh with the underlying barleywine.

metter98, Mar 01, 2014
Old Guardian OAK - SMOKED Barleywine from Stone Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 679 ratings.