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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Ratings: 767 |  Reviews: 175
Photo of TempeBeerMan
4.71/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A - Pours a hazy, opaque, bronze with a creamy, three-finger, eggshell colored head that developed in a huge cascade from the bottom of the glass when poured. Honestly, this might have been the best looking pour I have ever seen. Ridiculous lacing coating almost every inch of the glass as the level of fluid drops.

S - Not as strong of an aroma as expected. Getting smoke, peat, oak, butterscotch, toffee, sticky hops, and caramel. Smells good, just lacks "punch".

T - The mild aroma disguises a big taste. Flavor profile matches the nose listed above almost note for note. (A good thing). Slightly more sweet than bitter. Some dark fruits not immediately noticeable (date, fig) appear as it warms. Two things stand out: 1) How understated the oak is here. This is not Oaked Arrogant Bastard, where the woodiness comes out and pulls your jersey over your head and beats you. Here it just lays back in support, and adds a truly magical touch, and 2) How smooth and well balanced this beer is when you consider it's a barleywine, it's oaked, and it has such a big hop profile. Alcohol an afterthought. Delicious.

M - The very definition of "full bodied". Knife and fork, please? Medium carbonation. Wet, sticky/oily finish. Everything comes together in perfect harmony.

O - A unique and interesting barleywine. Most of the traits from regular Old Guardian are there, but with any harsh or "hot" elements smoothed out by the smoky oak (not that there was really that much to begin with) Kudos to Stone for taking an already impressive beer and making it kick even more ass.

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Photo of Heavenisbeer
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep copper hue, with an amaretto pillow of a head, and some gorgeous lacing.

S: Black cardamom, dank bbq, and smoke. Malty backbone.

T: A slightly boozy, unbalanced (not necessarily a bad thing), malt explosion topped with smoked charcoal. Hoppy finish, common for Stone. An uneasy aftertaste.

M: Spicy, boozy, and warm. Light carb.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Fcolle2
3.52/5  rDev -10.2%
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 -1.3%
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 -10.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of J_Dub
4.53/5  rDev +15.6%
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 +14.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -36.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
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 +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Old Guardian OAK - SMOKED Barleywine from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 767 ratings
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