Stone Old Guardian OAK-SMOKED Barley Wine
2013 Odd Year Release
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.
About This Beer
February 25, 2013
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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.
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.
Flavor is rich and malty. The smokiness is second to the malty sweetness and lingers pleasantly through the finish.
Rich and smooth at first, the finish is bitter with a slight alcohol heat and bitterness.
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.
"Dr." Bill Sysak
Craft Beer Ambassador
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