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: 762 |  Reviews: 173
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2/5  rDev -49.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of SanFranJake
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a bright amber color and a clear consistency. There was a huge, foamy, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A big aroma of hops, oak, and the smoky quality.

T: Tasted of hops, a piney element, malt, the aforementioned smoky quality and a bit of caramel. A thick, powerful, complex flavor. The alcohol is noticeable, but not overpowering. A solid flavor.

M: A lot of carbonation with a sharp, dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Definitely not a session beer. This one is a hefty brew with a whole lot of character. Drinkable.

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4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of corby112
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden amber/copper color with mahogany edges and a one finger yellowish-beige head that has excellent retention, only slowly fading into a thick, lasting ring. Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Earthy, slightly roasted aroma with a nice balance of sweet malt, resinous hops, toasted oak and smoke. The smoke and barrel notes are subtle but show up more as it warms with hints of dry wood, campfire and BBQ. These notes are faint however, and the American barleywine characteristics of Old Guardian still stand out. Slightly floral with grassy, piney hop oils and faint citrus countered by sweet and leathery malt notes. Lots of caramel sweetness along with toffee, hazelnut, raisin and fig. Smells pretty good but I was hoping for more smoke and oak character to make it really stand out from the regular version.

Full bodied with a slight creamy texture and a flavor profile that's very similar to the aroma. The aggressive hops, sweet malt and alcohol flavors overpower the smoked/oak wheat notes. Not too smokey at all really with faint charcoal and smoked meat flavor but it does have a dry burnt wood flavor from the oak. Aggressively hop forward with resinous hop bitterness and a touch of citrus/tropical fruit sweetness. The dry bitterness is countered by a strong malt presence with notes of roasted barley, caramel sweetness, toffee, dark fruit and boozy sweetness. Subtle leathery presence with hints of raisin, date and fig in the back end. The high ABV is relatively well masked but there's subtle heat and some nice warmth in the finish. Flavorful, well balanced and easy to drink. I just wish that the oak, and especially the smoke flavors were stronger. Dryer than usual but too similar to regular Old Guardian for me.

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Photo of DIM
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a clear mahogany tinted copper color. It poured with a thick creamy head that stuck around for quite a while.

s: A bit mild over all perhaps, but very appealing. I noticed the oak most of all, with hints of smoke, plus some caramel and piney hops.

t: Wow, there was a lot more smoke than the smell suggested there would be. I found caramel and smoke up front and some surprisingly strong oak flavors towards the middle. The finish was all over the place but in a good way. It was warm but not hot, with a strong piney hop bite, and a very strong smoke presence that lingered for quite a while.

m: Full bodied with creamy carbonation.

o: Overall I'm a big fan. Great stuff from Stone this works extremely well.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of brewandbbq
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle.

Pours dark amber with a mahogany hue and a short, beige head. A few whisps on the surface and random dots of lacing for the duration.

Smoked toffee, raisins, wet leather, and malt-smothered oak starts the nose. Hints of pine, vanilla, and booze follow through.

On the fuller side of medium bodied with a slickish, lush mouthfeel. Sticky and tacky.

Ripe malt, toasted oak, bitter caramel, and toffee lead off the palate. Boozy undertones with drying oak follow through.

Finishes with oaky tannins, smoke, bitter hops, and sweet malt.

Tasty beer with loads of oak and smoke. A bit rough around the edges now but some time in the cellar should really mellow this one out.

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3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a beautiful deep amber in color with a finger of beige head which dissipated slowly, great lacing. the scent was barely there but as it warmed up you get the smoky aroma and some bread notes from all the grain. the flavor is heavy on the smoke, band-aids, oaky vanillaness, sugary sweet malt, earthy bitterness. medium body on the heavy side with low carbonation.

this beer looks beautiful and is all over the place on flavor, but in my opinion isn't as good as the regular edition of old guardian (nor aged OG). the smokiness makes it a completely different beer altogether.

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4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: into a large snifter, a deep amber beer with orange accent; a head about a fat finger thick of tan foam, sticky speckled lace sheeting

S: smoke and toffee and malted biscuit and orange and coriander spice

T: chewy caramel and smoky mesquite, piney resin and barley malt; some peat and muskiness, earthy and with a slight touch of orange pith; char on the finish

M: sticky, chewy, smooth, coating, medoim weight and carbonation

O: I had this when it first hit and again about 2 months later; super smokiness brings the hoppiness to the forefront and presents a DIPA-like profile - real mellow, smooth, and easy drinking - the abv is hidden well - a better drink than I originally thought - it'll probably age well so long as the smokiness isn't lost - truly, a taste to savor.

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Photo of mattkoon
3.66/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

i tend to like smoked beers...and ive had stones old guardian before... so i was excited to try this oaked smoked version. the color is a great rose brown. the smokiness really comes across in the nose. the flavor is a mix of strong bitter with little tinges of vanilla in the background. the flavor is full and not for a dainty mouth. i dont mind this beer at all... not the best that has come from stone...but its a solid beer. so far i feel like stones weak sister beers are better than a lot of peoples best efforts. they do a really good job with their stuff.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Jmamay22
4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice cherry amber with a thin head of wheat colored foam. The beer's scent is less intense than expected from Stone Brewing. Faint whips of alcohol and hops. But not over the top hop resin I'm expecting. A light chocolate and smoke malt background with some fruitiness. A little bit of cherry.

The taste Turns up the volume with an initial breadiness that gives way to grassy hops, but followed by the malt and wonderfully integrated smoke. Really well done with the level off smokiness. It blends in rather than screams in your face. Medium bodied with medium level of carbonation. An enjoyable and unique twist on old guardian that I prefer.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of cvm4
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a subdued ruby in color with a light tan head.

S - Smells as though you're a good distance downwind from a slightly wet smoldering campfire with sweet caramel on the background.

T - Burnt sugar, smokey, woody, somewhat bitter, a bit of a candied finish.

M - Creamy texture, carbonation is there but not overwhelming.

O - Oak smoked adds an interesting twist on an already good barleywine.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.14/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle. Pours hazy copper red with a big creamy light tan head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is a bit subdued - some peaty smoke with sweet caramel malts in the background.

The flavor is sweet caramel malts and dark fruits with a big bitter smoke finish. The alcohol is noticeable in the finish too. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation and is a bit watery.

Overall, the smoke is interesting, but the beer is a bit watery with a lot of harsh bitter alcohol.

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