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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Cbuk1013 (248) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - APR 19, 2013
Bomber bottle 2013 vintage. Pours amber smokey head. Aroma of smoke and caramel malt. Taste is smoke, malt and a hint of campfire hops. Finish is smoke. Aging will help. Going to lay one down for a year. Did I mention it smells and tastes like smoke?

nearbeer (5662) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 18, 2013
650 ml. Clear red-copper with a lasting film of cream. Nose of light molasses and lightly smoked bacon. Flavor is chocolate, a nice dose of smoke, toffee and light citrus. Medium-heavy body has some warming alcohol. Sweet but balanced by the nearly too harsh smoke and alcohol, and has a bit too much carbonation. Very good, and may become excellent with some aging.

maxwelldeux (4433) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - APR 17, 2013
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a moderate pillowy white head. Nose is definitely smokey with just a hint of sweetness coming through underneath. Taste is dry and smokey up front with some definite wine characteristics, and just a hint of sweetness on the back end. Very interesting drink...

Enniskillen (2061) - Bakersfield, California, USA - APR 16, 2013
Why not. Pour is a nice amber/ruby with a tight off white head. Aroma is caramel maltiness, with the normal Old Guardian backbone hops, nice background smokiness, and a tiny background note of bubblegum. Taste is medium alcohol, nice warming balanced by the smoke, the hops are more subdued than I remember in the normal release. Seems a bit hot, but still a solid beer.

RABinCO (1511) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - APR 16, 2013
2013 bottle. Poured into a goblet. Pours dark amber/orange with a slight bubbly white head. Aroma of sweet smoke. Taste is fairly hop forward with a big meaty smokiness. Like a smokey DIPA. Dangerously pleasant to drink, though the hop bite followed by a sticky sweet finish does make sipping a must.

prawlie (1701) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - APR 15, 2013
On draught at Beer Revolution in Oakland. Red-brown with a nice head. Light zesty dried fruit aroma. Remarkably smooth for beer of this strength. Not quite as spectacular as I’d hoped though.

Tmoney99 (15114) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 15, 2013
Bottle. Poured clear ruby brown with an average frothy tan head that was mostly lasting with excellent lacing. Moderate complex smoke, caramel, vanilla wood and dark fruit aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Solid dark fruit smoked sweet flavor with a medium to hesvy complex sweet smoke finish of moderate to long duration. This is a smooth complex solid beer

jcos (1855) - Maryland, USA - APR 15, 2013
Location/Date:Bottle split with Dave on 4/15/2013.

Appearance: Pours a medium clear red-brown caramel.
Aroma: Aroma of smoked malt
Taste: Smokey, some sweetness from caramel, faint bitterness.
Palate:Medium light body, light lingering aftertaste.

Summary: As a big fan of smoke beers(and the only person I know who enjoys them), I really liked this one. Pairing a smoke beer with a barleywine is a bit different than traditional smoke beers but I really enjoyed it.

jercraigs (11071) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 14, 2013
2013-04-12. Crisp dark amber body, dark modest beige head. 3+ Aroma is fairly smokey, toasty malt with hints of caramel. 6+ Flavour is similar with a healthy amount if smoke, nice malty core. The malt and smoke blend well together, alcohol grows as you go, bitterness grows eventually overtaking the smoke a fair bit. Average plus palate nice carbonation. 3+ Need to drink it steadily to keep the smoke in the background, which at this strength could end badly! Well made, smoke lovers will enjoy it but for me I just want more of the base beer. Bottle shared by

Beerdrinker79 (2188) - Idaho, USA - APR 13, 2013
22 oz. bottle- Pours dark ruby red with a thin tan head that reduces kind of quickly. Aroma is moderate campfire smoke, malt, some pepper or other spices, the smoke could be more assertive. The taste is creamy, very hoppy, wood, smoke could be more prominent again, it is there, just mellow and blended with the rest of the beer (as it warmed the smoke did present itself). Body is huge, mouthfeel is creamy, carbonation is medium. Overall I liked it, I do think some age on this would do it wonders.

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