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:
761
Reviews:
172
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
12.85%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
111
For Trade:
9
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Ratings: 761 |  Reviews: 172
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3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

Photo of ONUMello
4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Average brown color with a 1/2-finger head that settles very quickly
S: I can smell this from quite a distance away. Deeply roasted hops, lots of caramel, toffee, molasses, a bit of a blue cheese smell and some woodsmoke
T: Very rich, quite complex- again lots of dark malt and molasses, though the oak & smoke come through heavier on the palate than the nose. The alcohol is noticeable but not overbearing. Pine hops come through towards the finish
M: Full-bodied, fairly viscous, a touch hot... not my ideal mouthfeel but not too far off the norm for a barleywine
O: I really wish Stone used 12oz bottles for this as trying to finish off a whole 22oz bottle solo borders on painful. Overall well made as usual per Stone and it did make an enjoyable pairing with several blue cheeses

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Photo of shehateme
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of TruePerception
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

Photo of In_Control_Mike
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of AOShabaz
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Brenden
3.72/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This barleywine is red, about a medium shade but with lighter hues outward and nearly brown hues in the depths of the body. It's perfectly clear as well. It has a strong, frothy and creamy pillow that sits a little taller than one finger and depsoits plenty of patchy lacing as it recedes.
It's almost as much something like a Schwarzbier as it is a barleywine. There's plenty of piney and citrus hops presence with meatiness and strong campfire smoke. There's also an undrlying fruitiness. A bit of toffee and maybe wood round it out with lots of meatiness from the smoke coming through.
I do like this beer, but I'm surprised I don't like it more. I just don't feel the citrus with the smoke and meat, and the char is absolutely tangy underneath. The smoke goes all the way through from front to finish, which I do like. I just wish this was a bigger, maltier beer with much more barleywine character.
Speaking of, I'm looking for more heft in this beer's body. It's about medium, and crisper than it is smooth. It's not bad, but it's not what I'm looking for.

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Photo of Sweffin
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of Brob245
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Giggy
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of ironchefmiyagi13
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of polopaul20
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of rickrem
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of IPAchris
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of Kelp
3/5  rDev -24.4%

Photo of ali1987
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of nickfl
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of Lovely85
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of CampusCrew
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Burkbom23
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Jeffrey2310
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of JoakimBulow
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A rich and very malty barleywine. Extremely strong i flavor. Made me wish I was better at identifying tastes and aromas but it was indeed both fruity and smoked, almost roasted and coffee-like. A bit too smoky for me and kind of bitter but to have just 1/3 of a bottle was a great taste experience anyway.

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Photo of williamjbauer
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Tayloraphilips
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Old Guardian OAK - SMOKED Barleywine from Stone Brewing
3.97 out of 5 based on 761 ratings.
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