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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

712 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 712
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 13.27%
Wants: 8
Gots: 109 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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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.

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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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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4.34/5  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.

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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%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of tut2528
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
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)

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3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Old Guardian OAK - SMOKED Barleywine from Stone Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 712 ratings.