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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

723 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 723
Reviews: 157
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 13.01%
Wants: 10
Gots: 111 | 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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Ratings: 723 | Reviews: 157
Photo of mjtiernan
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pretty standard. Head disappeared quickly. Reddish-brown body. Noticeable alcohol legs.

S: Oh man. The smoked part of this smells pretty good. Honestly, it's mostly smoke, lightly charred oak and alcohol on the nose. Maybe a little dark brown sugar. Where is the usual malty sweetness and hop goodness? Weird.

T: Pretty darn good actually. Some hops up front, then deep wood, smoky-sweet dark sugar and caramel followed by sharp alcohol and pronounced hop bitterness.

M: Full bodied, oily and moderate carbonation. Finishes pretty dry.

O: It's bold, but I like the level of wood and smoke on this. It's a definite departure from the OG that I'm accustomed to, but it's a really nice trip.

Photo of Mangstarr
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of wtkphoto
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Herky21
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked one of these up at the COOP tonight for $6ish... clear deep amber brew with a long lasting tannish head... good lacing with a firm cap.

The nose is Old Guardian with a little bit of campfire thrown in.... caramel and lesser toasty malt with plenty of pungent hops with the smoke sorta complimenting the sweetness in the aroma.

The flavors mirror the nose with a more pervasive smokiness... standard big bitterness that lingers mid palate through the finish... caramel malts are also very present, a bit of nuttiness also shows up.

Thick and coating on the palate allows the finish to linger forever..

Not sure that I dig this one... I think the bitterness and heavy hop hand clash with the smoked malt.

4.25/4/3.5/4/3.75

Photo of random846
2/5  rDev -49%

Photo of mt24turner
3.84/5  rDev -2%
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

Photo of ngeunit1
4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Photo of TMoney2591
2.84/5  rDev -27.6%
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.

Photo of TheHopBuddha
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Dwtucker90
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of RelentlessLefty
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of NEO68710
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Chevelle66
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of djaeon
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of jdougherty
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of jvillefan
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of FlussigkeitMut
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of justintcoons
3.7/5  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
4.31/5  rDev +9.9%
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 +14.8%

Photo of jbaker67
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Maillard
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of Rollzroyce21
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.58/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

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Old Guardian OAK - SMOKED Barleywine from Stone Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 723 ratings.