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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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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased as a single from somewhere localish.

Poured into DFH snifter, formed a 1/2" orangey tan head over the cloudy reddish copper brew. Head holds on well, with heavy lasting lace. Aroma is smoke and alcohol, both ample, as I would hope and expect.

Taste is sweet to start, substantial smoke in the middle, alcohol through the close, although a bit fusel for me. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, and drinkability is alright. Maybe this one will go down a bit easier as warmth takes over, but even if not, still a nice brew. Always like a beer that is labelled smoke and HAS smoke.

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2.33/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

Bomber poured into an oversized snifter. Great looking pour, rusty deep amber with a long lasting head and an impressive amount of lacing dropped beginning way up at the top of the widemouthed glassware.

Smells... wow, chiefly of meaty smoke, booze and little else. I started sampling this out of the fridge and continued to do so right up til room temperature. Regardless of temperature, the smoked malt completely overwhelms the absolutely massive sweet malt backbone and colossal hop flavor profile to a degree that I wouldn't have thought possible. To its credit, this stuff has the fierce dose of bitterness and thickish body are close to what I've come to expect from Old Guardian, but the amount of smoked malt in the recipe goes far beyond what I would consider complementary to the base beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I had this on-tap at Rustico in Arlington (Ballston).

Served in a baby snifter. Awwwe... how cute.

A: Poured a clear amber-orange color, with about a finger or so head that stuck around for a bit.

S: My wife and I got a huge cherry component here. Not complaining or anything. It is what it is and it's glorious! Lots of caramel, toffee, and oak in there to boot.

T: Still feeling the cherry love... or maybe I'm just confusing that with fresh filtered water. Who knows? Still, it was quite delicious: oaky, malty (not hop heavy), and candy laced without being overdone.

M: Ridiculous lacing, surprisingly smooth and "light," with a low sweetness and candy-coated booze component that was quite remarkable.

O: Not a huge fan of the regular version of this, but I'd like a couple of bottles of this one for the cellar.

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful brew in the Ommegang chalice, with plenty of suds and that orangey dark amber color. Medium body with a pretty sharp mouthfeel. I don't smell much but barrels and some alcohol.

Some sweetness to start along with the big toasted malt flavors. Then the oak and smoke seem to dry this out nicely in the aftertaste. The smoke is tantalizing but not too strong. Lots of bitter hops. Very tangy and -- what's the opposite of "mellow"?

A tasty strong beer, but a little austere for late evening sipping. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Dick's Liquor in La Jolla; I hadn't seen it elsewhere.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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