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

709 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 709
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 13.3%
Wants: 7
Gots: 105 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: EgadBananas on 02-18-2013)
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Photo of djaeon
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of jdougherty
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

Photo of jvillefan
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of FlussigkeitMut
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of justintcoons
3.69/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Photo of flexabull
4.3/5  rDev +10%
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.

Photo of Danobold
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of jbaker67
4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.63/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

Photo of watsonmd
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Photo of Pecan
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of CreightonSM
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of herman77
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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5/5  rDev +27.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of JamesShoemaker
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of tut2528
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: pours dark ruby in color, with a solid 2 fingers worth of foamy looking, off-white head formation. lacing is phenomenal. just slightly transparent.

S: big smokiness and oak notes right up front, and they rather dominate this aspect of the brew. there is a slight peppery aspect to this as well.

T: interesting blend going on here. the "oak-smoked" character is still very much alive, but there is a nice molasses and sugar sweetness that comes into the scene. I also pick up on some pepper, slight citrus and theres a bitter hop finish. alcohol is nearly undetectable

M: full bodied brew, and just a tinge of heat is felt along the gums. it leaves the palate with a nice subtle smokey character and a bitterness from the hops

O: high drinkability, nicely balance brew (taste), and it brings a uniqueness to this style. for the price its worth the purchase, but its nothing to go crazy about (IMO)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours a super dark amber to brown with a frothy off-white head leaving lots of lace, great head retention.

S: Mesquite smoke, notes of orange and toffee, smells like BBQ ribs in a way.

T: Lots of dark bready malt, with a secondary undercurrent of smoke which carries the beer. Some minor notes of molasses and treacle with a still heavy grapefruit hop component.

M: Medium to full-bodied, rich, frothy, soft for its size.

O: A good beer, I think it suffers a bit from the oak aging/smoke malt like OA Arrogant Bastard is not as good as the regular. It rounds the beer out for sure, but takes out some of its character. Still a nice brew, and the price ($5.99/bomber) is very nice, but in the end I prefer the original.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.36/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

"Left field, here we go!" Stone Brewing kicks off their trip through the twilight zone in '13 with a Oak-Smoked version of their Old Guardian Barleywine to add to the portfolio of "Odd Beers for Odd Years" that has been dormant since 2011.

Not unlike the original Old Guardian, this version has no deviation because of its smoky influence. It's a deep amber-stained ale that shows bright clarity with mahogany and crimson highlights. Incredibly frothy, the sandy-yellow head blankets the beer's surface with a dense barrier of cream. Bold speckled lace and broken rings adorn the glass with each draw from its rim.

Smoke trumps the aromas, but do so with a strong rebuttal of true starch malt aromas. Surprisingly, the hoppy and toffee aromas that are so prevalent in the standard Old Guardian takes a serious backseat in the beer's scent. Bold mesquite and teriyaki offer a meat-centric scent that's similar to beef jerky. Lightly piney, these hop notes marry up with the smoke tones effortlessly. Fruit aromatics of orange and grapefruit and mildly jammy and inform the toffee sweetness that lurks close behind.

But in taste, the toffee and caramel malts shine. Just as vibrant and succulent as the original, the efforts of smoked oak are relegated to a reserve role in the beer's taste. The longevity of sweetness lives indefinitely on the palate and is accompanied by starchy breads and spaghetti, but then gives way to a growing and intensifying hop character which starts fruity but ends bitter, resiny, and piney. But there it is- the cloud of campfire smoke that was so dominant in aromas slowly cast its ominous shadow over the taste as well, particularly as echos as the beer finishes.

With the first draw into the mouth gives the impression that the ale can be drank like a standard ale. But it's just then that it swells to a marshmallow-like texture that's chocked full of toffee, pine-like bitterness, and peppery alcohol. It dominates the mouth with no apologies before trailing late with growing warmth, residual toffee malt, and smoked oak.

In closure, the oak-smoked Old Guardian shows more complexity than even the ultra-complex standard Old Guardian but the oddly compelling "oak smoked" character throws the balance and prohibits the balance of the beer from at least equaling that of the base barleywine. But for the lovers of smoke, cigars, or scotch whisky- they may find this example superior.

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Old Guardian OAK - SMOKED Barleywine from Stone Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 709 ratings.