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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

667 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 667
Reviews: 154
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 13.27%
Wants: 6
Gots: 101 | FT: 10
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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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a reddish/copper color with about an inch light tan head that stayed around for a long time. There's also a lot of lacing. The aroma is nice, it smells mostly like smoked malt/meats, and there's also some cherry, caramel and oak noticeable, too. It tastes like smoked malt/meats, caramel, oak, citrusy and pine hops, toffee, bready malt, and a bit of booze, chocolate and cherry cough syrup. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's coating and creamy with moderate carbonation. Drinks pretty easy for an 11.4% ABV beer. I'm a fan of this brew, I'll have to pick up another bottle soon. A pretty good deal for $7.99 a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2013 22:50:32 | More by bluejacket74
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TonyT013

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

03-29-2013 18:52:55 | More by TonyT013
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DukeX13

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

03-29-2013 03:08:41 | More by DukeX13
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased as a single from somewhere localish.

Poured into DFH snifter, formed a 1/2" orangey tan head over the cloudy reddish copper brew. Head holds on well, with heavy lasting lace. Aroma is smoke and alcohol, both ample, as I would hope and expect.

Taste is sweet to start, substantial smoke in the middle, alcohol through the close, although a bit fusel for me. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, and drinkability is alright. Maybe this one will go down a bit easier as warmth takes over, but even if not, still a nice brew. Always like a beer that is labelled smoke and HAS smoke.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2013 02:40:07 | More by ppoitras
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PDXHops

South Carolina

2.31/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

Bomber poured into an oversized snifter. Great looking pour, rusty deep amber with a long lasting head and an impressive amount of lacing dropped beginning way up at the top of the widemouthed glassware.

Smells... wow, chiefly of meaty smoke, booze and little else. I started sampling this out of the fridge and continued to do so right up til room temperature. Regardless of temperature, the smoked malt completely overwhelms the absolutely massive sweet malt backbone and colossal hop flavor profile to a degree that I wouldn't have thought possible. To its credit, this stuff has the fierce dose of bitterness and thickish body are close to what I've come to expect from Old Guardian, but the amount of smoked malt in the recipe goes far beyond what I would consider complementary to the base beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2013 01:51:32 | More by PDXHops
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zeff80

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

03-28-2013 20:12:04 | More by zeff80
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JustinMatthew

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2%

03-28-2013 19:28:20 | More by JustinMatthew
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firstlighthiker

Tennessee

4/5  rDev +2%

03-28-2013 01:26:16 | More by firstlighthiker
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HoistinBrews

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

03-28-2013 00:49:37 | More by HoistinBrews
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bigorange

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2%

03-28-2013 00:17:49 | More by bigorange
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TheBishopco

Tennessee

4/5  rDev +2%

03-27-2013 23:08:59 | More by TheBishopco
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +2%

03-27-2013 22:30:21 | More by Jwale73
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tastymug

Washington

4/5  rDev +2%

03-27-2013 12:53:17 | More by tastymug
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Chaney

District of Columbia

4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I had this on-tap at Rustico in Arlington (Ballston).

Served in a baby snifter. Awwwe... how cute.

A: Poured a clear amber-orange color, with about a finger or so head that stuck around for a bit.

S: My wife and I got a huge cherry component here. Not complaining or anything. It is what it is and it's glorious! Lots of caramel, toffee, and oak in there to boot.

T: Still feeling the cherry love... or maybe I'm just confusing that with fresh filtered water. Who knows? Still, it was quite delicious: oaky, malty (not hop heavy), and candy laced without being overdone.

M: Ridiculous lacing, surprisingly smooth and "light," with a low sweetness and candy-coated booze component that was quite remarkable.

O: Not a huge fan of the regular version of this, but I'd like a couple of bottles of this one for the cellar.

Serving type: on-tap

03-27-2013 03:16:59 | More by Chaney
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TrickkyGangsta

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

03-26-2013 22:33:39 | More by TrickkyGangsta
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largadeer

California

3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

03-26-2013 22:09:44 | More by largadeer
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SaxmanRick

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

03-25-2013 15:58:57 | More by SaxmanRick
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cdwil

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

03-25-2013 15:50:46 | More by cdwil
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mactrail

Washington

3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful brew in the Ommegang chalice, with plenty of suds and that orangey dark amber color. Medium body with a pretty sharp mouthfeel. I don't smell much but barrels and some alcohol.

Some sweetness to start along with the big toasted malt flavors. Then the oak and smoke seem to dry this out nicely in the aftertaste. The smoke is tantalizing but not too strong. Lots of bitter hops. Very tangy and -- what's the opposite of "mellow"?

A tasty strong beer, but a little austere for late evening sipping. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Dick's Liquor in La Jolla; I hadn't seen it elsewhere.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2013 05:28:00 | More by mactrail
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bigbeers84

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +2%

03-25-2013 02:39:03 | More by bigbeers84
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kew

Texas

4/5  rDev +2%

03-25-2013 01:19:45 | More by kew
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bca115

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

03-25-2013 00:00:50 | More by bca115
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aleslover

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

03-24-2013 23:36:31 | More by aleslover
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Gagnonsux

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

03-24-2013 21:22:53 | More by Gagnonsux
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sd123

Louisiana

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

03-24-2013 20:40:31 | More by sd123
Old Guardian OAK - SMOKED Barleywine from Stone Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 667 ratings.