Saturday, May 11, 2013

I don't like Stone's Oak Smoked Old Guardian as much as I like the original version of the brew, and it's certainly not gonna become my favorite Stone beverage. It's rust colored and slightly foamy, like the original barley wine, but the smell isn't as good. The boozy, citrus tones are overwhelmed by the smoke notes, which are too strong for my taste. The flavor is too strongly smoked for me, too. There is a LOT of smoke, here. It's downright burned tasting. Both the sweet, syrupy barley malts AND the typical Stone hop overload are forced to take a back seat to the smoke. This isn't bad, but I'll have regular Old Guardian before I'll buy this again.