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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

719 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 719
Reviews: 157
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 13.27%
Wants: 9
Gots: 110 | 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:
Beer added by: EgadBananas on 02-18-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Photo of DCgolfpro
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of PicoPapa
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
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%

Photo of n2185
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of sneaks2210
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of DruC4
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Ranz
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
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 -4.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of lordofstarside
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
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

Photo of randylangford
5/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of AdamMY
4.39/5  rDev +12%
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.

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2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

Photo of oberon
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

Old Guardian OAK - SMOKED Barleywine from Stone Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 719 ratings.