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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

712 Ratings

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Ratings: 712
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 13.27%
Wants: 8
Gots: 108 | 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 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.

Photo of Invictus
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of dominic4beer
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Zuidman
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of lordofstarside
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
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
4.43/5  rDev +13%
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.

Photo of Rhettroactive
2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

Photo of oberon
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of Cdunk11
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of ralphw56
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of whiterapid
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of lilnicky068
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Nutwood
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of mcdsports
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of ThatCracker
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of LambicKing
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of WritersBlock
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of BEERMILER12
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Bung
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Lukass
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Hanzo
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of JacobGumina
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Old Guardian OAK - SMOKED Barleywine from Stone Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 712 ratings.