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:
112
For Trade:
9
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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%

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

22 oz. bottle. 2013 Odd Year Release.

Pours a brilliant amber gold with faint particulates suspended like yeasty snowflakes. Tallish, two fingers of whipped, dense, light sandy beige head. Terrific lacing up the sides of the tulip. At first whiff, plenty of boozy, toffeeish, candy apple-ish, fruity barleywine notes. Hiding behind this barrage, though, I get some definite oak and woody tannins. Oh, and further swirling and sniffing reveals light campfire smoke. Excellent--I was hoping the smoke would be noticeable. So far so good.

Toasted malt quickly gives way to fruity, caramel-y malt sweetness. Alcohol shows up right away with rummy fruity complexity. Charred, bitterish edge interrupts this boozy malt party. Notes of oak, woody tannins, herbal bitterness, and vanilla before the finish. Faint smoke before, but definite campfire goodness in the long, warming, bitterish finish. Some lingering fruit malt as well. Full-bodied, with a lush, creamy feel. I really like the oak and smoke added to what was already a great barleywine. With that said, I feel like a little age might help the flavors meld together better and maybe turn the heat down a notch. Still, very good.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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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%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of AgentMunky
3.81/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a brandy snifter.

A: Nice head, clear auburn. Moderate effervescence.

S: Grapes. Which was certainly not what I expected. Nice toasty malt, but I dunno if I'd call it smoke...

T/M: Well it certainly tastes smoked, but also full of fruit. Peach, apple, and pear mixed in with an strong, earthy bitterness. Could be English hops, could be the smoked malt. The aftertaste is overly sweetish and slightly acrid. Mouthfeel is dull.

O: Interesting, but not something I'd seek out or recommend.

Notes: "We used oak-smoked wheat malt from Germany at 20 percent of the grain bill to provide the smoke aroma and flavor for this beer. The result is a very nice blend of the classic Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine flavors with an additional smoky component that is well-blended and complements the overall character of the beer."

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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

Poured into an Old Guardian glass. The beer pours clear dark copper with a thick, foamy eggshell colored head that dissipates slowly. The head leaves behind very plentiful lacing as it recedes. Some tiny bubbles can be seen rising in the beer. The first scent that hits the nose is the distinctive oak smoked malt to the level of smokiness I recall from Eiche. I get some of those toffee notes and some alcohol. The toffee sweetness and alcohol hit up front in the first sip with the intense smokiness arriving in the back. There's some nice back end bitterness from the hops as well that lingers in with the smokiness. This tends to mingle very well with the sweetness, making an interesting brew. The body is medium to full with moderate carbonation. The alcohol provides a nice warming effect in the back of the throat. The finish is dry. This is an excellent beer. I prefer their regular barleywine, but this is certainly an interesting take on it.

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4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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2/5  rDev -49.6%

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

Clear, rich, ruby-red coloration, short-lived, film-leaving, off-white head.

Aroma: Deep, rich, immense malt aromatics, swiftly subsumed by oaky overtones. Inevitably, smoke seeps up from below and covers it all. Rearing into the region of "hot."

Taste: First sip, hotness hits hard, blistering the palate just a bit. Fullness of malt flavor makes a magnificent mark. It stays big and bold, with the smoke creeping onto the tongue, and the oak taking over. The flavors are remarkable, almost irresistible, and can feel my brain cells about to lose a bout with insobriety. Satisfying, if not for the high alcohol; delicious, in any event. Alcohol heat never quite becomes a problem, bitterness matches the mighty malt.

A really unique brew, with the intense maltiness of the Old Guardian barley-wine remaining intact and integral, with the oak and the smoke making significant additions from time to time. This is just fantastic on tap, and I'll get some bottles for cellaring, to see how this improves with age.

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4.67/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Old Guardian pours a darkish red hue, with a long lasting lacing head. There is a pronounced wine like aromas, with lots of smokey notes. The taste has a nice subtle and smooth wine like flavor, with lots of smoke. Easy to drink, and great full flavors. Overall a fantastic barleywine, the flavors come together, unique, and I think its the best barlywine to date.

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Photo of artdob
4.31/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

The bottle said "smoked" - which translates to a "must" sample.

Pours an attractive rich orange brown. Modest initial head subsides withn about two minutes, but that's ok for this style imho.

Nose is barleywine sweetness. Light smokiness comes through as well - nice!

Taste - wow, completely unexpected. Thought I would get the massive sweetness I've had on Stone's flagship barleywine. But instead, bitterness with the hops doing their thing here. Smokiness, in a pronounced way here. I can tell this one is going to be an experience to be savored.

Dryness on the mouthfeel with a bit of a tingle for the top of the palate.

This is nicely balanced for me. Sweetness, smokiness, bitterness - all in pleasant proportions.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Braseltonage
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- Bright and clear, deep amber but more orange than red. 1/2" of sticky yellowy head.
S- Sweet toffee aromas off the bat. Reminiscent of the original right off the bat. Sweetness wafted away by hints oak, a little smoke but not overpowering. Very interesting contrasts and complexity. Peaks the interest.
T- Considerably more smoke on the initial sip than on the nose. Sweetness quickly intertwined with the smoke. An almost scotch-like peat. Tobacco, leather, with a very slight sweet bacon-like finish. Flavor much less sweet than the aroma, the bitterness seems to come from the smokey tannins.
M- Full and rich. The smoke brings a nicer than anticipated dryness.
O- Really nice, would love to grab a couple more and try them in a couple of years to see how it mellows. As a fan of the original, this is a very intriguing take.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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