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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

719 Ratings

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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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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 3/15/2013 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a bright coppery red color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains caramelized malts, dark fruit, bourbon and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with a hearty malt character followed by mild flavors of dark fruit, caramel and bourbon. The hops presence is a bit subdued but brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, very strong kick, good representation of style, it’s a good beer but I prefer the regular versions because of the more pronounced hops bitterness.

Photo of harrymel
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled January 2013

Nice toasted amber with a central dome and ring of light tan foam. Smells of rich alcohol, malts, some oak, a good smoke and a little raisin. Flavor is smoke, oak, more oak than in the nose, sweet candied malts, some bitterness and burn. Medium bodied with a tight, higher than usual carb and a nice wet and dry finish. At first this beer was a little aggressive, it's much better as it warms. I like it.

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2/5  rDev -49%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a bright amber color and a clear consistency. There was a huge, foamy, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A big aroma of hops, oak, and the smoky quality.

T: Tasted of hops, a piney element, malt, the aforementioned smoky quality and a bit of caramel. A thick, powerful, complex flavor. The alcohol is noticeable, but not overpowering. A solid flavor.

M: A lot of carbonation with a sharp, dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Definitely not a session beer. This one is a hefty brew with a whole lot of character. Drinkable.

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4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of corby112
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden amber/copper color with mahogany edges and a one finger yellowish-beige head that has excellent retention, only slowly fading into a thick, lasting ring. Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Earthy, slightly roasted aroma with a nice balance of sweet malt, resinous hops, toasted oak and smoke. The smoke and barrel notes are subtle but show up more as it warms with hints of dry wood, campfire and BBQ. These notes are faint however, and the American barleywine characteristics of Old Guardian still stand out. Slightly floral with grassy, piney hop oils and faint citrus countered by sweet and leathery malt notes. Lots of caramel sweetness along with toffee, hazelnut, raisin and fig. Smells pretty good but I was hoping for more smoke and oak character to make it really stand out from the regular version.

Full bodied with a slight creamy texture and a flavor profile that's very similar to the aroma. The aggressive hops, sweet malt and alcohol flavors overpower the smoked/oak wheat notes. Not too smokey at all really with faint charcoal and smoked meat flavor but it does have a dry burnt wood flavor from the oak. Aggressively hop forward with resinous hop bitterness and a touch of citrus/tropical fruit sweetness. The dry bitterness is countered by a strong malt presence with notes of roasted barley, caramel sweetness, toffee, dark fruit and boozy sweetness. Subtle leathery presence with hints of raisin, date and fig in the back end. The high ABV is relatively well masked but there's subtle heat and some nice warmth in the finish. Flavorful, well balanced and easy to drink. I just wish that the oak, and especially the smoke flavors were stronger. Dryer than usual but too similar to regular Old Guardian for me.

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4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a clear mahogany tinted copper color. It poured with a thick creamy head that stuck around for quite a while.

s: A bit mild over all perhaps, but very appealing. I noticed the oak most of all, with hints of smoke, plus some caramel and piney hops.

t: Wow, there was a lot more smoke than the smell suggested there would be. I found caramel and smoke up front and some surprisingly strong oak flavors towards the middle. The finish was all over the place but in a good way. It was warm but not hot, with a strong piney hop bite, and a very strong smoke presence that lingered for quite a while.

m: Full bodied with creamy carbonation.

o: Overall I'm a big fan. Great stuff from Stone this works extremely well.

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of brewandbbq
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle.

Pours dark amber with a mahogany hue and a short, beige head. A few whisps on the surface and random dots of lacing for the duration.

Smoked toffee, raisins, wet leather, and malt-smothered oak starts the nose. Hints of pine, vanilla, and booze follow through.

On the fuller side of medium bodied with a slickish, lush mouthfeel. Sticky and tacky.

Ripe malt, toasted oak, bitter caramel, and toffee lead off the palate. Boozy undertones with drying oak follow through.

Finishes with oaky tannins, smoke, bitter hops, and sweet malt.

Tasty beer with loads of oak and smoke. A bit rough around the edges now but some time in the cellar should really mellow this one out.

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3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a beautiful deep amber in color with a finger of beige head which dissipated slowly, great lacing. the scent was barely there but as it warmed up you get the smoky aroma and some bread notes from all the grain. the flavor is heavy on the smoke, band-aids, oaky vanillaness, sugary sweet malt, earthy bitterness. medium body on the heavy side with low carbonation.

this beer looks beautiful and is all over the place on flavor, but in my opinion isn't as good as the regular edition of old guardian (nor aged OG). the smokiness makes it a completely different beer altogether.

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4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: into a large snifter, a deep amber beer with orange accent; a head about a fat finger thick of tan foam, sticky speckled lace sheeting

S: smoke and toffee and malted biscuit and orange and coriander spice

T: chewy caramel and smoky mesquite, piney resin and barley malt; some peat and muskiness, earthy and with a slight touch of orange pith; char on the finish

M: sticky, chewy, smooth, coating, medoim weight and carbonation

O: I had this when it first hit and again about 2 months later; super smokiness brings the hoppiness to the forefront and presents a DIPA-like profile - real mellow, smooth, and easy drinking - the abv is hidden well - a better drink than I originally thought - it'll probably age well so long as the smokiness isn't lost - truly, a taste to savor.

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