Old Guardian OAK - SMOKED Barleywine | Stone Brewing

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Old Guardian OAK - SMOKED BarleywineOld Guardian OAK - SMOKED Barleywine
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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)

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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%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of vfgccp
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Beautiful looking brew. Deep cherry wood honey body. Fine yellowed paper head with great lace and nice retention.

S - Blackberry jelly, craisins, amaretto, camp fire ash.

T - Oak, caramel, peat smoke, tobacco, and honey. Smokey scotch finish with peach, ash, and bitter grape skins. Great integration on the smoke.

M - Super smooth, medium full body.

O - Drinks great fresh. Awesome balance and integration of booze, bitterness, and smoke.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of jsurfs82
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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5/5  rDev +27.6%

4/5  rDev +2%

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

A - Dark amber/brown. Not quite crystal clear, and tons of lacings. A gorgeous two-finger head that slowly dissipated.

S - Not too boozy for a barleywine. A ton of roasty malts give it a sweet, perhaps caramelly aroma. Some hops and fruit, and of course smoke.

T - Roasty malts are the backbone of this brew. Pretty sweet, and the booze is well masked. Mild hops come through on the end. Not overly smokey: just enough. Definitely fruity throughout, though I can't place any particulars. Maybe apples and cherries? Anyways, it's well balanced.

M - Moderately carbonated and medium to full bodied.

O - Probably my favorite of the few barleywines that I've had. Its a lot to handle, just like any barely wine, but every now and again I get in the mood for an in-your-face beer from Stone. I like this better than the classic Old Guardian. The smokiness completes it.

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Photo of richj1970
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bomber into tulip glass.

A: Dark brown with copper tones. Nice 1-2 finger off white head with some nice lacing.

S: Smoke is coming through nicely. Reminds me of a nice BBQ. Some sweet malts and caramel in the back.

T: Sweet barley mixed with faint smokey and fruit flavors. A bit of spice lingering but having trouble placing it. Fairly complex and nicely balanced.

M: Rich and full bodied. Nicely carbonated. Borders almost a bit too syrupy sweet but it helps to offset the smoke.

O: Complex brew and nicely balanced. Going to drink a regular one later this week to compare, but this was definitely enjoyable.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of mverity
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Like all of the rest of the smoked series from Stone, entirely too smokey. Color was fantastic. Prefect light brown and it had a great tan head. The smell was sweet and slightly bready. The taste was, as I mentioned, WAY too smokey. The smoke took front and center. The sweet maltiness that I love so much was pushed towards an almost hoppy bitter/sweet mess. I love Stone, but I know now to steer clear of their smoked beers.

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Photo of pkalix
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

so this is barleywine... I always wanted to see what 'barleywine' is...
pours a nice deep red with a yellowish(?), ambitious top. clingy head.
smells . . . . malt-y. one side of my nose is clogging, but the other side is not detecting much other than a slight malt.
taste . . . . heady, bitter, slightly hoppy. what exactly, is a barleywine? I need to do some research. this just tastes a little like an over-hopped brew (typical of Stone), yet not too hoppy, and its greatest trait is being high-abv-ed and drinkable. I can respect that, I guess.
after reading BA's version of a barleywine, I want to try the English version. but this is not bad at all. i'm opposed to the extra hoppiness and bitterness, but I've come to appreciate it a bit more recently. I even taste hops in my mouth at work, sometimes, thinking of my next endeavor.
overall, this is decent. kind of like a higher-classed version of pounding mickey big-mouths, I suppose.... and it's cheaper! in the long run...

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of shand
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mmmmm, rauchbier barleywine. The balance is rather nice, you get the barleywine in a fairly pure state up front. Then the oak and smokiness come in to rule the finish. There's a bit of booze on the finish that mingles with the smoke. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of full-bodied, and well carbonated. This was also an excellent pair with some cheese that helped temper the meatiness of the smoke. A tasty brew that's more likely to play with the rauchbier fan as opposed to the barleywine fan.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter glass.

Appearance:A beautiful dark (but transparent) copper body with medium bubbles throught...the head coming an off-white rising to just about 3/4" (hard pour of course).

Smell: I can smell it right off the bat, a wood chip smoked...comes in and out

Taste: Tastes better than it smells. Bitter and a little sweet scotch. Smoked...yes it is, not like a rauch bier because so much smoother.Barley and a sweet hops and very complex.

Mouth: Medium and freaking sticky. Think of it as gum never losing the flavor...I place the glass down and dry smoked finish at the end feels reminiscent of barbeque

Overall: This is a very good beer, splash of of something different. I love Stone's original this one they tried to tweak but not as good as the original. Doesn't mean it's bad at all...like I stated before, very good. Having this right after a beautiful steak....Salud!

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4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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2.5/5  rDev -36.2%

Photo of Tonmeister
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured in a pint mug

Appearance: reddish amber with a thick off-white head.

Smell: sweet barley with a sweet fruity blend. The smoked characteristics stand out. Caramel, sweet roasted malt and a hint of alcohol.

Taste: Rich and malty, I can taste the smokiness. It is a very sweet roasted/smoked malt, but this is a very well balanced beer. I cannot taste the alcohol. It has a very unique and distinctive taste to it.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a great beer. It reminds me of the Rauchbier style. It tastes like it, but this is definitely sweeter than the german Rauchbier with a slight bitterness towards the end. This is a great balanced beer, I would definitely buy this again.

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Photo of Roman5150
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

bottle into tulip

appearance: dark red with hints of mahogany, 1 finger white head

smell: roasted smokiness, oak, earthy, beef jerky, if i was smelling blind i would say this was a Rauchbier.

taste: Lots of oak smokiness, roasted malt backbone that has a lot of sweetness, the slightest hint of espresso also makes an appearance. Pretty well balanced, but the smokiness obviously dominates the palate, with the sweet oak body rounding it out. Also getting some notes of caramel, vanilla, and even some borderline-bourbon undertones. The finish is smoky and has a sort of roasted bitterness that lingers.

mouthfeel: medium-high carbonation, somewhat thick bodied

overall: Basically this tastes like barleywine meets a German rauchbier, and in my opinion, that's a damn good combination. Compared to the normal Old Guardian, the malt sweetness is still present, but the hoppiness and bitterness is exchanged for a full roasted, smoked flavor that dominates the palate, but still remains in balance with the rest of the brew. Another success from Stone.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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