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Old Guardian OAK - SMOKED Barleywine | Stone Brewing

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Old Guardian OAK - SMOKED BarleywineOld Guardian OAK - SMOKED Barleywine
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3.92/5
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764 Ratings
Old Guardian OAK - SMOKED BarleywineOld Guardian OAK - SMOKED Barleywine
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States
stonebrewing.com

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by EgadBananas on 02-18-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
173
Ratings:
764
pDev:
13.01%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
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Ratings: 764 |  Reviews: 173
Photo of Avatar113
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dcmchew
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Red5StandingBy
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Alright alright alright had this on hand for a little while now, finally found the appropriate time to sit down and give a nice review of this nice looking brew. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Snifter glass. This is the 2013 Odd Year Release for Stone and probably the oldest beer I have had from Stone yet. No bottling date that I can find.

L: Cloudy mahogany with a tight bubbled finger width khaki colored head that retains quite well. Thick patches of lace left behind.

S: This smells a lot more like a Dubbel to me although there is some Barleywine character left. Smells of dark fruits, mainly figs, with a strong molasses note, as well as faint smoke, not overpowering which is nice. Some caramel or toffee. I would also note possibly some leafy hop. Vanilla lent from the booziness. Quite a complex aroma to be sure, possibly the most complex and it smells very nice.

T: Again the first flavor apparent is the dark fruit and booze, definitely leaning towards a Belgian Dubbel, moving into molasses however then it lightens to a caramel and toffee note, then switches to a light-medium amount of smoke and finishes off that way.

F: Full body, medium carbonation, the finish is relatively light smoke but lingers on a little too long that is almost unpleasant.

O: I wish I could have tried this fresh as well as now however this beer seems to have cellared quite well. The finish is really the lacking area. Super complex flavor and aroma. This was another brew from Stone that solidified my very high opinion of them.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.44/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought On-line
22 oz. Bomber
2013 Odd Year Release
Bottled On: 01.16.13

Over 4 years on this bottle.

Poured into a goblet a very nice clean/clear light amberish color, very nice carbonation, with a pretty nice small creamy light tan head, which leaves a very nice big island and some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with some hop notes, oak, nice smokeyness, citrusy. The taste is very nice, malty, oaky, smoky, with some nice hops/citrus. Full Body, ABV hidden very well. Overall, this brew is holding up pretty well.

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Photo of pauldig
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Booner818
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LinusBohman
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of Catalin90
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jadjunk
3.44/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

No (relevant) label information. Brewed in the style of an American Barleywine with German oak-smoked wheat malt added, available in 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft. This is an "odd year" variant on Stone's Old Guardian Barleywine, brewed as a one-off experimental release.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a snifter glass.

(Appearance) Pours a smooth, creamy foam head of a butterscotch cream color over a deep red body with ample pulpy sediment in tow and fine streams of carbonation. Retention is very good and lacing is light and patchy. 4.25

(Smell) An evident waft of smokey malts alongside a substantial malt body of bread, caramelized malts and delicate roast, for a very rich malty beer. Some measure of balance is achieved through a slight but acceptable graininess as well as the density of the specialty malt additions. Potency is medium/high. 4

(Taste) A far more exposed graininess and shallow malt body, thin bread malts, slight caramelized sugars, noticeably thin flavor overall. Very sharp grain alcohol and little to no impact from the smoked wheat malts. It doesn't stand very strong as a barleywine either. Overall, not very enjoyable. 3

(Mouthfeel) Smooth, slick, chewy and moderately residual texture with a moderately dry finish. Carbonation is mild, generating a medium frothiness and a lightly crisp finish. Body is shy of medium for the style, medium/heavy overall. Balance is grainy and boozy over sweet. Alcohol presence is moderate/heavy and there are no off characters. 3.25

(Overall) So, this ale did not hold up nearly as gracefully as I had hoped it would, and all that made it an appealing purchase in the first place was where I was let down the most. There is no remaining smokey character aside from the aroma, the malt profile nears being completely eroded and the graininess and alcohol is more exposed than I find desirable, even for the style. Bummer. 3.5

Stone Brewing's
Old Guardian Oak Smoked Barley Wine Style Ale
/5.00

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Photo of dag1991
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MusicaleMike
4.57/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Cellar review. 22oz bottle served at cellar temp (about 55-60F) in a balloon snifter.

The body is a beautiful clear ruby mahogany color with a soft, stable tan head on top that has a creamy texture to it.
The aroma is showing a little age to it, slightly musty. Underneath that is a mixture of sweet caramel, vanilla, nougat, oak, smoke.
The taste is sweet, with more notes of caramel, butterscotch, oak, honey, spice, subtle smoke, and the body is effervescent enough that the carbonation lifts this heavy, full-bodied beer right off the palate and makes this a much more quaffable drink.
I love smoked beers and this is right up my alley. Barleywines can be a bit too sweet, and I think that the bitterness of the hops combined with the oak-smoked malt made for an interesting package that took the attention off the sugary malt background. I would definitely drink this again, and I could see this beer pairing incredibly well for food. Sharp cheddar, blue cheese, candied walnuts, duck, rotisserie chicken, or barbeque.

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Photo of Wolberjs
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Out of the bottle after some aging.

Looks delicious like all beer. Dark copper Amber with a dissipating head.

Nose is smokey caramel. When it was cold (fridge temp) it was more caramel/toffee sweet with a hint of smoke and oak. As it warned it was smokey oak with a hint of caramel/toffee. Really good cold, warmed the smoke was more than i like. Taste followed the nose both cold and warm except with bitterness on the finish. The bitterness distracted. Mouthfeel is smooth smooth smooth start to finish. Quite good.

Overall really quite good. Admittedly I'm not much for smoked beers but this one surprised me. If you have one laying around I'd suggest drinking it cold

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Photo of JKasten988
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SweetwaterTuonker
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sabtos
3.64/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2013 Oak Smoked on draft at Hunahpu's Day 2016.

Brown amber with a minimal tan head.

Classic barleywine characteristics of caramel and prune with some spicy booze and a hint of smoke.

Exceedingly smooth and wet.

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3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cd_beer_disapear
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Rimbimhoot
3.54/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber, pours thick, light head
S: Sweet, toffee, dark fruit, caramel, marmalade, sweet orange, light pine, brown sugar, oxidized
T: Smoke, very bitter, oak tannin, caramel, alcohol, sweet toffee, dark fruit, rye
M: Medium mouthfeel, nice carbonation
O: Not a fan of the bitterness in the style and I feel that the additional ingredients brought this down from the base beer

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Photo of wisrarebeer
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ClePaul
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JMBSH
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of shirtless_mike
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Stum-pub
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bubbawilly88
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StJamesGate
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark ruby amber with floaties and sepia film that trails. 3.75
Oak smoked meat nose with cranberry and vanilla. 4.25
Cherry jam, wheat crackers, a big dose of smoky phenols, some toffee, then dried orange rind, pine shavings and resin hops. 4
Glace cherry end and syrupy linger.
Medium, sticky, hot. 3.75

Big, from all angles. Smoke more than oak, hops are there, and plenty of malts - plays as a barley wine. I want more - restraint? Kinda don't know what to do with this one. 3.75

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