Stone Old Guardian - Oak Smoked

Formerly brewed at Stone Brewing
Style: Barley Wine
Escondido, California USA
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 438   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 342   ABV: 11.4%
Whether you are writing the correct year by now or not, it’s officially 2013. That means a new Stone Brewing Co. Odd Beer for Odd Years release. The first time around, Old Guardian was “Belgianized”. This year is a oak smoked edition. This beer makes uses of the same smoked malt used in recent collaboration The Perfect Crime.

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bluemooner (657) - East Bethel, Minnesota, USA - AUG 19, 2013
Pours a hazy ruby with a medium, fluffy beige head and some lacing. Aroma is malty with hints of dark fruit and bread. Flavor is bready with smoky malt, dark fruit, brown sugar, and cloves. Full bodied with medium carbonation and a creamy, warming finish. Great brew.

Garlic_of_Doom (655) - SWEDEN - AUG 18, 2013
Bottle from Systembolaget. Pours hazy ruby with a beige head that rests down to a ring at the edge of the glass. Aroma is pretty much like that of Stones regular barley wine, but the hops are subdued and the presence of smoke is noticeable, some alcohol as well. Taste is also pretty much like Stones regular barley wine but with wood and smoke, quite a lot of heat at the end. Mouth feel is dry and thick, full bodied, medium carbonation. Long dry and slight bitter after taste.
Ok and interesting take on barley wine. A bit too hot

fiulijn (21214) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 18, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2015
2015-05-03, vintage 2013, same as previous tasting, 9-5-8-4-16=42
The smoke aroma is delicate. Good flavor, woody, a bit smoked, malty, not too old or oxidized, still with a good amount of bitterness.
Still excellent.

2013-08-17, best before end 2016, according to non original Swedish tag, 8-5-8-5-16=42
Hazy amber color with dark copper hue, creamy head. Give it a few minutes, it will develop a harmonious aroma of toffee and smoke, medium depth, with some elegance. Full bodied, malt flavor with toffee and biscuits, delicate smoke, wood; the sweetness is moderate; strong bitterness, with hop resins in the background; long final.
Frankly, well brewed, bold but balanced.

rlgk (18844) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 17, 2013
Bottle at omhper’s tasting 130817. Nice clear amber/copper beer with nice beige head. Malty caramel aroma, oak, vanilla, toffee, raisins, dades, candy notes, biscuits, nutty notes, earthy notes. Hoppy flavor at first, caramel, toffee, oak, vanilla, hay, raisins, nuts, biscuits, earthy notes, floral, woody, some pine. Full bodied. Caramel and biscuit finish with warming alcohol. Good beer.

Meilby (11692) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 16, 2013
Draught @ Stone 17th Anniversary Brewers Reception, San Marcos, CA
Pours clear amber with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, toffee, dried fruits, alcohol and hint of smoke. Taste is medium to heavy sweet and light to medium bitter with a long warm, caramel and fruity finish. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat.

Geokkjer (7647) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 16, 2013
On tap at Stone 17th. Pours brown with a small off white head. Aroma of sweet malt, brown sugar, caramel and grains. Flavor is sweet and Mallory with some caramel, grains, some herbal notes, hints of smoke and brown sugar. Medium body, average carbonation.

yngwie (17234) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 16, 2013
On tap at Stone 17th anniversary party. Clear golden in color, with a dense beige head. Malty aroma with oak notes, fruity hints, alcohol, vanilla and hoppy hints. Quite bitter, sweet too, and oaked. Full body, warming, soft carbonation. Long finish. Nice, nothing more. 130816

olsvammel (7289) - Örebro, SWEDEN - AUG 16, 2013
Bottle from Systembolaget. Quite mild smell with smoke and dried fruit. Powerful taste, very bitter, smoky and also some vanilla. Very nice taste, the smell was a bit too mild. Felt like it would age well. The bitterness is a bit overpowering at the moment.

PGHbeer77 (571) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2013
22 oz. Fresh. Astringent smokey scent, low head over bronze body, medium syrupy feel, with a n oak light smoke over very light fruity flavor. Not really my preference. I’d rather stick with the original OG.

5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 11, 2013
Bottle:   Deep amber, very fiery, moderate to large frothy sandy head, nice lacing.   Smoked malt nose are very apparent.   Otherwise slight biscuit, alcohol, caramel, breadiness, and even a touch of band-aid.   Somewhat odd, a smoked Barley Wine.   Big maltiness up front, faint alcohol, and a strong presense of smoked malt.   Not as sweet as I would have hoped.   Thats the one thing that kinda detracts, needs more sweetness to aid in the heavy smoked breadiness.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate to full.   Warming malty finish, bready, and really smokey.   Hard to really get the Barley Wine aspect without it being all that sweet, like most Old Guardian.   The smoke is overdone in my opinion.   Not bad, well made, but just in the wrong direction.   Needs only subtle smoke to make it interesting, this one is too much.

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