Old Guardian OAK - SMOKED Barleywine | Stone Brewing

Old Guardian OAK - SMOKED BarleywineOld Guardian OAK - SMOKED Barleywine
764 Ratings
Old Guardian OAK - SMOKED BarleywineOld Guardian OAK - SMOKED Barleywine

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by EgadBananas on 02-18-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 764 |  Reviews: 173
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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of cvm4
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a subdued ruby in color with a light tan head.

S - Smells as though you're a good distance downwind from a slightly wet smoldering campfire with sweet caramel on the background.

T - Burnt sugar, smokey, woody, somewhat bitter, a bit of a candied finish.

M - Creamy texture, carbonation is there but not overwhelming.

O - Oak smoked adds an interesting twist on an already good barleywine.

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4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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.

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Photo of PDXHops
2.33/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

Bomber poured into an oversized snifter. Great looking pour, rusty deep amber with a long lasting head and an impressive amount of lacing dropped beginning way up at the top of the widemouthed glassware.

Smells... wow, chiefly of meaty smoke, booze and little else. I started sampling this out of the fridge and continued to do so right up til room temperature. Regardless of temperature, the smoked malt completely overwhelms the absolutely massive sweet malt backbone and colossal hop flavor profile to a degree that I wouldn't have thought possible. To its credit, this stuff has the fierce dose of bitterness and thickish body are close to what I've come to expect from Old Guardian, but the amount of smoked malt in the recipe goes far beyond what I would consider complementary to the base beer.

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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of TwelveOunces
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber poured into an Old Guardian Snifter

A- A fairly clear deep copper colored beer. A one finger of an off white head with surprising retention. Nice alcohol legs.

S- A nice roasted smokiness to this beer. Really smells like a rauchbier. A slight hop pungency and some heat from the alcohol. A smokey and thick smelling barleywine.

T- A nice big smokiness at first, it really dries out the palate. A somehwat hidden hop bitterness comes behind the smoke. There is a very herbal, oniony and spicy hop to this beer. A nice subtle oak flavor to this beer that also helps dry the palate. The malts are caramel-y and somewhat breaddy. A very flavorful and different barleywine.

M- A nice feel to this beer and is somewhat balanced. A very intense flavor profile. This beer dries out you mouth like no other, It has Stone's signature dryness and bitterness, A smoke dominant flavor profile and a stinging quality from the wood.

O- This is a solid Barleywine, I think its a great take on the original. The Base beer is a great example of the style but not very memorable, this beer is as good and really add's another dimension.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Pahn
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a wide red wine glass.

Appearance: Clear orange red. Fluffy and fizzy light tan head, lots of lacing.

Smell: Wow, a big oaky vanilla note--I thought the malt was smoked with oak wood, not aged in oak barrels. Either way, this smells great. Vanilla, faint smokey barbecue underneath (very subtle), some caramel. Bit of piny hops and booze cutting through.

Taste: And there it is, the taste works even better than the aroma. Toffee-like barleywine malt up front, leading to a much more pronounced rauchmalt flavor. Ends on harsh piny-hop bitterness reminiscent of normal Old Guardian.

You'd really think that sweet malt this bold, plus rauchmalt, plus a lot of hops, would all equal "confused flavor / going too far." However, Stone's "balance all the bold flavors together, perfectly" strength is shining through here. Great flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Very very dry. Pretty hot.

Overall: Interesting style, really well done. Amazing to marry fully-hopped American barleywine with smoked beer without doing some cheap shit like aging it in a bourbon barrel. Impressive and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of DavidST
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a tulip glass. This pours a mahogany color with a mid sized tab head and has longer than expected retention considering how high the ABV. The smells are of sweetness, vanilla, a little caramel. The feel is a little thickish. The taste is good, very high hops which I wasn't expecting, vanilla, caramel, some sweetness. This is way better than the regular.

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of kaseydad
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle version review.

Pours a very clear amber colored ale with a good amount of cream colored frothy foam. Big lace.

Smell is really good. A lot of smoke right out of the whiff. Reminds me of second day campfire clothes smell. The oak is very present as well. It really hits the mark on nailing what it states on the bottle. Some cannot say that. There is also the nice barley wine sweet flavor in the back of the nose, but barely. This monster is all about the oak and smoke.

The taste has a lot of oak coming through and heavy dose of smoke and char on the swallow. Still pleasant though the flavor might cause pallet fatigue rather quickly. Light sweetness on the back end as well. Like the aroma, the barley wine character tries to make a scene but is quickly relegated to understudy.

Mouthfeel is slick and oily.

Overall this was a fun experience for the odd year beer from the Stone crew. I notice my pallet changing even now as I was not a huge fan of smoked beers, but that has come full circle. I enjoyed the in-your-face smoke and even took me back to younger camping years....minus the good beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4.2/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Old Guardian OAK - SMOKED Barleywine from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 764 ratings
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