Overall Rank

drinking now
Stone Old Guardian Oak-Smoked Barley Wine
A beer by: Stone Brewing Co.
from Escondido, CA, United States

Last Updated:
2/8/2013 12:36:05 PM
Review this beer

Your Score:

      write minimum of 150 characters - left
Let us know you're drinking this beer!

Tell us what's wrong!

Beer Description:
Tasting Notes, provided by Brewmaster Mitch Steele

Appearance: Deep amber with a creamy tan head. The beer has a light haze with a more intense reddish hue than the classic version of Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine.
Aroma: Light smokiness combined with fruity yeast esters and malt flavors. The smoke character is very pleasant and blends well with the other beer aromas, but doesn't dominate.
Taste: Flavor is rich and malty. The smokiness is second to the malty sweetness and lingers pleasantly through the finish.
Palate: Rich and smooth at first, the finish is bitter with a slight alcohol heat and bitterness.
Overall: We used Oak-Smoked Wheat Malt from Germany at 20 percent of the grain bill to provide the smoke aroma and flavor to this beer. The result is a very nice blend of the classic Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine flavors with an additional smoke component that is well-blended and compliments the overall character of the beer.

The best way to experience both versions is to taste them side by side, tasting the classic version first, then the Oak-Smoked version. Going back and forth between the two beers dramatically highlights the differences between the two. The hop character of the classic version becomes more prominent, and the smoked character of the odd version really makes it quite unique. Both beers taste great now, when fresh, and will age beautifully for many years.
Suggested food parings, provided by "Dr." Bill Sysak

Appetizers: Quail knots, Merguez sausage, wild boar ribs or any pork ribs, tomato & bacon jam, bacon-wrapped jalapeño shrimp
Soups: Beef stew, French onion soup, chili con carne
Entrees: Spanish ham, smoked pork butt, beef teriyaki, grilled portabella stuffed with Point Reyes blue cheese, lamb shoulder
Cheeses: Beemster X-O- aged Gouda, Berkshire Blue Cheese, Oregonzola, Bayley Hazen Blue
Desserts: Double chocolate brownies with caramel frosting, pecan pie, oatmeal raisin cookies, coconut macaroons, bacon toffee ice cream
Cigars: Padrón Family Reserve 85 Years, Oliva Serie V Belicoso, Tatuaje Havana Cazadores
Beer Album
Beer Score Distribution
Beer vs Style
Overall rank2167 of 44830
Overall percentile95.2
Style rank68 of 416
Style percentile83.9
Lowest score3.3
Highest score4.3
Average score3.85
Weighted score3.567
Standard deviation0.356
Beer Pal Consumption
This beer has not been drunk.