Darwenus (884) - Virginia, USA - MAY 10, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I donít like Stoneís Oak Smoked Old Guardian as much as I like the original version of the brew, and itís not my favorite Stone beverage. Itís rust colored and slightly foamy, like the original barley wine, but the smell isnít as good. The boozy, citrus tones are overwhelmed by the smoke notes, which are too strong for my taste. The flavor is too strongly smoked for me,, too. There is a LOT of smoke, here. Itís downright burned tasting. Both the sweet, syrupy barley malts AND the typical stone hop overload are forced to take a back seat to the smoke. This isnít bad, but Iíll have regular Old Guardian before Iíll buy this again.
blackflag321 (636) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 9, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft in snifter. Dry, smoky, with wine characteristics. Hint of zesty fruit. Not as complex as I expected, but very good.
Strykzone (6717) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAY 8, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at esbls. Clear and light brown. Grain, fruot, and yeast in the aroma. Big alcohol makes this harsh and hard to drink. Both smoke and oak are in the background. So much grain. So much alcohol.
Cavie (4305) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAY 7, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. 2013. Pours a clear amber-orange color. Off-white head. Aroma is sweet malt, sugar, cologne, and woody notes. Flavor is dry hops, oak, bitterness that lingers into the finish. Dry finish with some sweetness. Slight smokiness.
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Fukito (1018) - Santiago, CHILE - MAY 6, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear copper with a big bubbly white head. Aroma is dry fruits, fruit cake and a very slight smokey touch. Flavor is rather sweet some brandiness ripe banana with a comfortable smoked cake finish, nice. Full to medium palate warming but not overly.
IrishBoy (4102) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAY 6, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber from BevMo Salinas. Nose is lightly smoked bacon, with some toffee and golden raisins. Lightly hazy copper orange with a medium beige head. Flavor is bitter, light smoke, and some light alcohol warmth. The regular OG is better.
Radek Kliber (7165) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - MAY 6, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 650 ml 2013 vintage
Aromasmoky yet not bold in approach. Some alcohol heat, bit on high note. Hint of almond with meaty finish.
Appearance poured amber in color with lighter slightly creamy tanned top. Left nice rings on glass. 3+
Flavor and Palate : fairly bold up front. Carbonation slightly above average. Bitter with smoky follow up. Bitter raw walls. Top end finishing with heat.
dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - MAY 4, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle poured into glass. Definitely very smokey and oakey, thatís for damn sure. I can imagine they wanted to call this one Smoke From The Oak but that was already taken.
Thisis12ptfont (1107) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - MAY 4, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Strong aromas of oak, wood and barley. Deep crimson/brown color with a one-finger foam. Initially sweet with flavors of oak, vanilla, maple and bourbon. Secondary notes of toffee, burnt molasses, roasted caramel and immense alcohol. Overall, very strong with semi-sweet flavors. Strong booze on the finish.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 3, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from Samís Quik Shop in Durham. Gotta love the $6.99 price tag. Pours a deep amber, clear with a big yellowish beige head, fading down to not much. Nose of vanilla, smoked wood chips, toffee, brown sugar. The smoke fades as it warms and I get used to it, and a more balance beer presents itself. Taste is sweet but not too sweet for a barleywine. A bit boozy and hot, but not all that much for 11.4%. Would have been fine with just 12 oz of this.