Old Guardian OAK - SMOKED Barleywine | Stone Brewing

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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
Ratings:
762
Reviews:
173
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
12.85%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
111
For Trade:
9
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Ratings: 762 |  Reviews: 173
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted from draft at Firkin on July 22, 2015. Look is deep Amber with lacing on the glass. Smells of dried fruits and barley. Taste is smokey and malty. Feel is smooth but by no means flat.

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Photo of Jamison85
4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of elNopalero
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Odd year, oak smoked, with two years rest.
This pours a dark caramel color with thin foam.
There's a light char and a touch of toasted coconut under a bit of booze.the beer itself runs hot, with some smoke and an intense bitterness that remains, although the hops faded away.

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Photo of ConradKenney
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very delicious, but I recommend sharing this with somebody instead of trying to tackle it yourself.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle dated 01-15-2013.

A: Pours a deep ruddy caramel color with a thick and very greasy and oily looking tan head. Head stuck around for a while and slowly faded into a thick and greasy film. Sheets of sticky lace were left after each sip.
S: Definitely a smoky nose, but I get layers of tobacco, caramel, raisin, leather, and peppery spice as well. The nose is a bit bready and reminds me of rye/wheat toast crust.
T: Smoke is savory and woody with hint of campfire. Base barleywine flavors are full of leather and caramel, with a huge bitter punch of leafy and earthy hops. There’s a huge amount of woody, peppery spice in the finish alongside a balancing amount of sticky candied sugar and bitter and oily hop resin. There is just a hint of powdery dark chocolate mixed in as well, but for the most part the finish and aftertaste are hugely bitter and spicy with the oak giving the beer an almost rye-like spicy quality. The bitterness is akin to orange zest or dried orange peel. Smoke is present throughout, but it definitely takes a backseat to the woody spiciness and crushingly bittersweet hop resin.
M: The alcohol is not hot but there is still a potent boozy presence despite a couple years in the bottle. The bitterness and spiciness is dominate the smoke and the boozy though and create a heavy, greasy, oily and tingly mouthfeel. Low but tingly carbonation that froths up a bit on my palate. Thick and chewy body.
O: There is a lot going on in this one. The flavors are fairly integrated for being so complex, but the combination of everything makes this beer a bit rough around the edges. Glad to have tried it, but I wish I had someone to help me with this bottle.

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Photo of strYkn14
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jeff3918
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hosehead83
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a vintage 2013 bottle. Amber/brown in color with a decent cap of off-white foam.
Aroma-Sweet malt, caramel
Taste-Oakey spiciness, woodsmoke, caramel, toffee. Way-in-the-background hop presence
that gradually reveals itself sip by sip. This brew is a slow, mellow sipper. Perfect with an after dinner cigar or a beefy meat or BBQ dish. Very smooth despite high ABV.

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Photo of jancona
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Taste of vanilla, caramel apple, a sweet hop profile (like DFH 120) and a touch of smoke. Delicious.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 57md
4.34/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 release - consumed with 2 years of age on it.

Dark copper in color with honey edges. The nose is both smokey and sweet. The wood is also noticeable in the nose.

The smokiness blends perfectly with the sweet malt notes and the hop bitterness. The bitterness of the hops still provide a punch on the finish - even after two years.

The alcohol is well in check considering that this baby weighs in at 11.4%

I did not have this offering when it was first released so I cannot compare this aged bottle with the fresh version. That said, it appears that time in the cellar has done wonders for this little number.

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
3.28/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into pint glass in April 2015.

Appearance: Dark red with thin tan head.

Smell: Pleasant, with both a sweet caramel-like aroma as well as hops.

Taste: Interesting taste. There is a strong hop flavor with some sweetness. Also some spice and earthy flavors. But the flavor is dominated by the hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium to thin bodied.

This is an interesting barleywine ale. It has more hops than others I have tried. It is thinner than expected, but the flavor is not overpowered by the alcohol.

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Photo of maz
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pagriley
4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of ilikebeer03
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottled 2/7/13. opened 4/4/15

A: pours a deep amber with an off white head. good retention and lacing.

S: earthy, piney hops, malt sweetness.

T: malt sweetness, piney /citrusy hops. oak, slight smoke. caramel, toffee. 11.4% abv nicely hidden.

M: slick, and oily. nice carbonation.

O: delicious beer. very interesting. truly, an "odd" beer...unlike the 2015 "extra hoppy"

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Photo of Jho3325
4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Rothobinide
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kmat10
3.52/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kmanjohnson
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stinger80OH
3.23/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jtrigonis
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of travolta
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: A smooth, light khaki head with very nice lacing and great retention. A burned peach/raspberry color.

Nose: Oak, smoke, some pine citrus, and toffee.

Taste: Very nice malt heaviness, oak, toffee, with nice pine running through. Hides the alcohol perfectly. The malt balance is tremendous in this beer. I do not think it needed the oak. The oak dries out the taste a little bit.

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Photo of Gotti311
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 2

Photo of Tilley4
4.71/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Truly amazing... The oak really mellow the base beer and the result is a shining star... Smooth yet intense... Silky finish... Notes of chocolate that are blowing my mind... Hops have fades into a floral masterpiece... A sublime experience., I could sip on this until I ended up facedown somewhere...

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Photo of josh32219
4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Old Guardian OAK - SMOKED Barleywine from Stone Brewing
3.97 out of 5 based on 762 ratings.
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