Old Guardian OAK - SMOKED Barleywine | Stone Brewing

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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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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Fcolle2
3.52/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours deep brown with a 2 finger tan head. Lacing looks good.

S: smoked peat on the nose with a lot of sweet malt undertones

T: rich malt hits you in the face followed by lots of smokey peat flavors. Not once incredibally balanced but its not meant to be.

M: good carbonation not to thick and peat stays with you throw the exhale.

O: good beer, I like the traditional a little more but it's yet another creative take on an already well established delicious line.

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Photo of daledeee
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a 22 oz bomber of this. Thought I had tried it.

Poured into a large glass. A nice clear brown. The head is creamy, off white and lasts. Lacing is great.

Nose is malty, hoppy and hints of vanilla

Taste mellowed a little after it aired. Rather harsh at first. I drank this at about 51F and noticed a heavy leaning toward hops but malt and vanilla. A little bitter in the finish. I probably should have let this sit around awhile. The beer isn't quite balanced enough for me. Carbonation is average and has a creamy mouth feel.

This is a pretty good example but I didn't get much oak and i found it a bit unbalanced.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of J_Dub
4.53/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours an amber/copper color. Minimal lacing but with a decent off-white head initially that vanishes quickly.

The initial smell is of malts. This is very quickly married with a robust oak aroma. I can almost smell the "heat" of the alcohol. Wonderful smell overall.

The taste is similar to the smell. Immediate malt and oak mixture. After a few sips I can detect a certain sweetness to it. Some brown sugar perhaps. Some bitterness but surprisingly little compared to what I was expecting. Even less bitterness than many IPA's. The 11% is almost completely hidden by the wonderful smokey oak, malt, dark sugars blend.

Thick mouthfeel with the appropriate amount of carbonation (small) for the style. Very smooth especially considered the complexity of the flavors.

My favorite barley wine by far. I'm actually not a fan of the style but this may have converted me. Wonderful color, smell and taste combine to make this Stone another great beer. The price was such that I will be buying this more often.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -37%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bomber pours a lightly hazed crimson color with a creamy head of dense beige head. Nice retention, decent lace.

The smoke plays really nicely off the sweet malt base of OG. Hops dont seem to clash with the smoke as much as I had feared. Smells pretty dang good.

I was afraid this would not be smoky enough for me, but Stone seems to have added just enough to provide a rich, meaty smoke flavor and still keep it firmly in the barleywine category. It really smooths out the alcohol and the bitterness. I prefer this over regular Old Guardian by a longshot and am really digging this. Im going to have to see if I can pick up another couple bottles, though I am hesitant to age it for fear of the smoke fading.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. bottle poured into a DFH signature glass. Bottled on February 7, 2013.

A - Pours a dark auburn-brown with a thick, two finger tuft of off-white head. The head dies slowly and leaves behind a curtain of lacing.

S - Smells of molasses and brown sugar. Sweet and bitter with a meaty smoke character, almost leathery. Peat moss and raisins contribute to the diverse and interesting aroma.

T - Starts with caramel and a mellow apple-plum fruitiness. Toasted mesquite wood follows with a BBQ smoky sweetness. There is hardly any bitterness, but it is not overly sweet either. The alcohol is well hidden by the complex flavors.

M - Awesome mouthfeel. Thick with a savory fullness and great carbonation. The alcohol is an afterthought, despite the 11.4% billing.

O - This is a unique beer that highlights the smoke flavor in a different way than most other beers. There is a chewy, meaty, smoke character that sets this apart form the original version. Excellent complexity and drinkability. At under $6 for a bomber, this is a bargain beer that I hope Stone makes again.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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