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Old Guardian OAK - SMOKED Barleywine - Stone Brewing Co.

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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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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

lionoa7x, Feb 22, 2013
Photo of beerguy36
5/5  rDev +27.9%

beerguy36, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of Deigea
4.11/5  rDev +5.1%

Poured into stone Imperial Russian Stout snifter. Beer was allowed to warm for 20 minutes after pulling out of fridge, but still below 55 degrees F.

Appearance: Low, slightly brown head, fading to white. After settling, a light head is present.

Aroma: Definite barley smell, with a hint of oak. Taste overpowers smell after first few sips. After warming a hint of berries or similar fruit seem to come through.

Taste: Very spicy at first, very overpowering, but settles after a few seconds. Initially, fruit flavors come in after the spice fades, but the spice lingers in back of throat long after the first sip. After the initial taste has taken over taste buds and the beer has been allowed to warm up, the wood notes become present. The high alcohol content is noticeable at first, but fades away as the other flavors become more prevalent.

Mouth-feel: Beer carbonates in mouth, medium viscosity for a beer, but that feeling might be from the lingering of the carbonation. Spice lingers in back of throat long after sips. As drinking continues, carbonation is still present although fading. Throat still has some spice after sips, although numbing has mostly taken it's place, most likely from the high alcohol levels.

Overall Impression: Beginning tastings were quite potent with spice and carbonation. As this began to fade after the first quarter of the bottle, the taste was very pleasant for a barley wine. I think with aging the carbonation will die down a bit which will help with my main problems with it. I plan to purchase another few bottles to try 6 months from now, and depending on taste, a few years down the road. Overall, very pleasant, definitely a sipper. One bomber will get you pretty buzzed.

Deigea, Feb 19, 2013
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4.4/5  rDev +12.5%

2013 "Odd Beers for Odd Years" Release

APPEARANCE: tawny red, translucent, ruby, soft yellowish head, finger, foamy lacing.
AROMA: burnt wood, smoke, meat, citrus hops, caramel, toffee, light roast, faint booze, earth, grain.
TASTE: caramel, smoked meat, woody char, medium bitterness, toffee, sweet malts, candied sugar, light dark fruits, citrus fruit hop notes.

***Question: How the hell do you make OG better? Answer: F*cking Oak - Smoke that Ish!

EgadBananas, Feb 18, 2013
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Old Guardian OAK - SMOKED Barleywine from Stone Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 679 ratings.