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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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4/5  rDev +2.3%

vcoggins, Apr 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

DoubleSimcoe, Apr 05, 2013
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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.

Gavage, Apr 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Nightrain87, Apr 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Kevlee722, Apr 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

RedneckBeerz, Apr 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

MeowMixz, Apr 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

NastyNate11, Apr 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

yottachem, Apr 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

kjkinsey, Apr 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Texasfan549, Apr 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

beercanman, Apr 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

brandoman63, Apr 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

BAsbill, Apr 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Saviorself, Apr 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

JMS1512, Apr 02, 2013
Photo of ColForbinBC
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

22oz bottle poured into a tulip

The body pours a mahogany brown with a fluffy yellowish cap. The cap rose two fingers and then settled slowly, leaving some big clingy lace behind.

Notes of cherries, brown sugar, oak, toffee, and smoke greet you upon the initial dive. A little bit of molasses, peat, raisins, plums, and a touch of vanilla round out a complex and broad nose.

Toffee and cherries seem to lay the foundation with smoke and oak doing the heavy lifting. Vanilla, brown sugar, plums, molasses and raisins all poke through in the middle before leading to a oak and smoke infused toffee finish. Some fruity hops poke through and lend a little bitterness to the dry, oaky, smokey finish.

Medium body with good carbonation. Smooth.

This is as advertised, but doesn't necessarily wow me. A good beer across the board.

ColForbinBC, Apr 02, 2013
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2.69/5  rDev -31.2%

2013 Odd Year Release. 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with pretentious label and branded (also pretentious) pressure cap served into a Mitchell's of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are actually fairly high; I'm in a barleywine mood and even though I'm usually underwhelmed by Stone's solo beers I'm strangely optimistic. Cost was $6.00 at a local SoCal beer store.

Served straight from the fridge and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger beige colour head of okay cream, pretty decent thickness, and pretty good (~4 minute) retention. Body color is a quasitransparent translucent copper-amber with orange hues. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Generally appealing for the style, but there's nothing unique or special here. Light lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Sm: Bright fruity esters. Nectar. Floral hops. Light timid rauchbier-esque smokiness; it doesn't add a whole lot but it's there. Not picking up any oaky notes. Light apple. My broken nose can't pick up anything beyond that. It's a pretty light aroma - damned light for a smoked barleywine. I'm worried about the depth of flavour already. No yeast character is detectable. Maybe some alcohol.

T: Oh boy. That's an imbalanced mess. Stale malts mix with smoky character in the third act. Bleh. Murky fruit and floral notes in the body - also tinged by that crappily executed smoke character. No oak comes through. There's no subtlety here at all. No yeast character comes through. Maybe some bland floral hops. Yeah, this isn't good at all. Really poorly done. It's like no care was put into the beer.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but irritating from the smoke - especially in the third act. It's kind of scratchy, actually. Not at all a pleasant or refreshing texture. Poorly executed. Quite bad for the style.

Dr: Stone screwed this one up big time. I definitely wouldn't get this again. The worst barleywine I've had in recent memory. Poorly executed in general - and made even worse at its unfairly high price point relative to the low quality. Messy, bland, and irritating all at the same time. Difficult to drink. Another crap beer from Stone.

High C-

Got considerably better as it warmed.

kojevergas, Apr 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

chefduff2, Apr 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

BJasny, Apr 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Renegrenade, Apr 01, 2013
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3.04/5  rDev -22.3%

Pours a golden honey brown color, dark amber. The off white head is tight and creamy and settles into a sparse cap.

I don't pick up much from the aroma. Some honey malt, light oak, and caramel. Not much else, kind of disappointing.

The flavor is of a dry toasted oak. Quite dry and bitter. A bit of an apple note from the oak. A light honey sweetness but the beer is screaming for more. The hop profile is dry and grassy and adds to the bitterness of the beer. Not really picking up any smoke, unless some of this bitterness is an ashy flavor. Again, disappointed.

Moderate feel with prickly carbonation. Fairly bitter on the palate, especially in the finish. Not enough sweetness and the ABV provides some belly burn. Overly dry and bitter.

Just not feeling this one. I don't get any smoke except perhaps an ashy flavor. Doesn't remind me of a barley wine or a smoked beer.

Gmann, Apr 01, 2013
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3.99/5  rDev +2%

Poured a thin head on a muddled amber colored body.
The aroma is rich smoke with subtle spice.
The taste is heavy on the smoke, a moderate sweetness throughout and finishes with a mild bitterness.
A medium body with low carbonation. A lot lighter than expected but nice.
Great balance in the taste and aroma. Pretty good overall.

Fatehunter, Mar 31, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

DelicateDelirium, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of MisSigsFan
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%

Pour a red/orange color with a thin, tan head. Smell is of smoke and pine with a lot of boozyness. Taste is very piney and citrusy with a lot of smokiness and alcohol. The bitterness lingers for quite some time. Some of my friends thought it tasted like bacon and I can see what they're talking about. It's like a beer and a wine mixed together. You get the sting and alcohol of wine with the mouth of a beer, and the taste is somewhere in between. Mouth is actually pretty good. Just a bit too much carbonation but overall pretty smooth and light. Overall this is really good, but nothing I would rave about or ever think about drinking in a casual setting. This is almost like a wine, so treat it as such. This is something you bring out on special occasions, but nothing more.

MisSigsFan, Mar 31, 2013
Old Guardian OAK - SMOKED Barleywine from Stone Brewing Co.
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