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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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mt24turner

New York

3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this was a well made barleywine, smell was nice but not imperessive,taste i liked the hoppiness and the malt character, alcohol was still a tiny bit hot, i dont typically like smoked beers much but the smoke character blended with the oak and was just right. id buy this again

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2013 01:32:05 | More by mt24turner
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ngeunit1

California

4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy copper-brown color with a finger of frothy tan-khaki head. Fades at a normal pace.

S - Sweet caramel malts, oak,vanilla, smoke, grapefruit, citrus, pine hops, some booze.

T - Sweet caramel malts, vanilla, oak, smoke, grapefruit, citrus, pine, grassy hops, good resiny bitterness, some booze.

M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sweet, smokey, bitter, and warming finish,

D - Great smoked barleywine. The overall balance is really great.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2013 05:54:33 | More by ngeunit1
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TMoney2591

Illinois

2.76/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Oh, you brewers just know how to romance me, don't you? Anyway, this stuff pours a clear ruby-copper topped by a finger of off-tan foam. The nose comprises caramel apple, light grapefruit zest, oak smoke, light sweet biscuit, and the lightest kiss of mild ash. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a sharp, bludgeoning twang of pine resin. (Yes, it's possible to be both sharp and bludgeoning: imagine smashing someone's skull with a large, double-bladed war-axe.) Making matters worse, the resin cooperates with the smoke, creating a harshly abrasive bitterness that malingers for quite some time. Hints of the waxy coating on a lemon's peel slide in for occasional visits. The body is a solid medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, I'd venture to say that the smoke did not do anything positive here, as the normally strong and lightly abrasive hop flavors characteristic of Old Guardian haven't abated, but have instead been twistedly enhanced by the hand of some diabolical malevolent force. This stuff hurt to drink, both physically (my tongue is pissed at me right now) and mentally, as I had high hopes for a strong, smoked barleywine. Oh well.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2013 04:18:42 | More by TMoney2591
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TheHopBuddha

California

4/5  rDev +2%

03-06-2013 03:58:14 | More by TheHopBuddha
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Dwtucker90

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

03-06-2013 03:54:19 | More by Dwtucker90
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RelentlessLefty

Iowa

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

03-06-2013 02:57:39 | More by RelentlessLefty
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NEO68710

Washington

4/5  rDev +2%

03-06-2013 01:51:50 | More by NEO68710
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Chevelle66

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -23.5%

03-06-2013 00:48:07 | More by Chevelle66
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djaeon

California

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

03-06-2013 00:44:38 | More by djaeon
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jdougherty

California

4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

03-05-2013 04:39:02 | More by jdougherty
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jvillefan

California

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

03-05-2013 04:20:04 | More by jvillefan
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FlussigkeitMut

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

03-04-2013 15:23:42 | More by FlussigkeitMut
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justintcoons

Pennsylvania

3.69/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance
Red with 1 finger of off-white head that dissipates quickly. Extremely low carbonation and excellent clarity.

Nose
Caramel smoke and oak. Pretty straight forward.

Taste
Good amounts of beechwood smoked malts and oaky wood. The body is filled out with caramel and pale candy sugar. Lighter note of earth, leather, cherry and oats. Hints of piney hops and grapefruit zest in the finish.

Mouthfeel
Full bodied, velvety, creamy and smooth.

Overall
This is pretty much everything that it claims to be and is surprisingly drinkable at 11.4%. An oaky, smokey American Barleywine. It's worth checking out for $8/22oz bottle, you know, if this is your thing.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2013 14:39:05 | More by justintcoons
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flexabull

California

4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark and crystal clear amber color with a very nice off white head. Beautiful looking beer.

Aromas are of dark fruits, earthy hops, and a nice subtle smoke note.

Taste starts out with a nice smoke background of flavors. Charred and slightly peaty, with some nuttiness, dark stewed fruits, and subtle caramel sweetness. Finish is earthy and warm. Flavorful, well balanced, and not overly smokey.

Mouthfeel is full, smooth, with nice body.

Overall, I really like this. I'm a sucker for smoked beers, and I think Stone did a nice job adding the smoke element without overdoing it. Another winner from Stone, this and the Enjoy By have been really nice offerings.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2013 02:57:21 | More by flexabull
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Danobold

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

03-04-2013 01:34:15 | More by Danobold
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jbaker67

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2%

03-03-2013 13:11:33 | More by jbaker67
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Maillard

California

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

03-03-2013 10:27:46 | More by Maillard
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Rollzroyce21

California

4/5  rDev +2%

03-03-2013 08:34:11 | More by Rollzroyce21
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LiquidAmber

Washington

4.63/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Caracole small snifter. Pours an orangey copper amber with a nice one finger off-white head with good retension and lacing. Pleasant aroma of caramel malt, hops, licorice, faint smoke. Wow. Excellent flavor of well balanced smoke, oak, sweet malt, pine hops, finishing with pine and floral hops and smoke. Everything is perfectly balanced. Great medium, creamy body. This is just superb and more complex and interesting than the regular Old Guardian. I will cellar one of these, but it seems near perfect right now. I'm a big fan of smoked beer and this is now at the top of the list. I can still taste sweet malt and smoke as I finish this review.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2013 03:51:42 | More by LiquidAmber
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watsonmd

Georgia

4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle, @ 50 degrees, poured into snifter.

A: nice amber dark pour, tight head, constant lacing of foam.

S: Oak and smoke, living up to the name... with some citrus, and something. Hard to name.

T: In your face. Bringing me back to the fresh DIPA sensation. There is an initial smoke and wood flavor, but then there is a nice, hoppy grapefruit/citrus/pine bite that grabs your tongue. The smoke and wood linger for a ling time...

M: smooth, but not thick. almost oily? the hops or oak... something that coats the mouth.

O: Nice beer. Not "awesome," but good, and interesting. Would recommend it be tried once. Maybe a tasting instead of a whole 22 if you're not a huge hop head or smoke fan.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2013 03:15:25 | More by watsonmd
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Pecan

California

4/5  rDev +2%

03-03-2013 02:25:40 | More by Pecan
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CreightonSM

New York

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

03-03-2013 00:17:35 | More by CreightonSM
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herman77

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

03-02-2013 19:12:42 | More by herman77
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Daniellobo

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +2%

03-02-2013 15:48:17 | More by Daniellobo
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admonster00

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

03-02-2013 02:16:39 | More by admonster00
Old Guardian OAK - SMOKED Barleywine from Stone Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 667 ratings.