Stone Old Guardian OAK-SMOKED Barley Wine

Stone Old Guardian OAK-SMOKED Barley Wine

2013 Odd Year Release

Barley Wine
11.4%
70

The odd year Stone Old Guardian OAK-SMOKED Barley Wine is the Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine recipe tweaked to include oak-smoked wheat malt. The beer pours a deep amber, darker than the original version, and exhibits a faint smokiness in the nose. As with the original, the flavor is rich and malty, but laced with subtle smokiness due to the addition of the oak-smoked wheat malt, which accounts for 20 percent of the grain bill. The flavors blend well together, and the smoky tones complement the beer’s larger-than-life character.

February 25, 2013
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Tasting Notes

Provided by
Mitch Steele
,
Brewmaster
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 for this beer. The result is a very nice blend of the classic Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine flavors with an additional smoky component that is well-blended and complements the overall character of the beer.

Pairing Notes

Provided by
"Dr." Bill Sysak
,
Craft Beer Ambassador
Appetizers
Quail knots, Merguez sausage, wild boar ribs or any pork ribs, tomato and 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
Cheese
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