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RATINGS: 393   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 342   ABV: 11.4%
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Whether you are writing the correct year by now or not, itís officially 2013. That means a new Stone Brewing Co. Odd Beer for Odd Years release. The first time around, Old Guardian was ďBelgianizedĒ. This year is a oak smoked edition. This beer makes uses of the same smoked malt used in recent collaboration The Perfect Crime.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JUN 12, 2013
22 oz. bottle - Pours a clear amber color with a 3/4 finger thick light tan head that lasts. Very light lacing. Aroma is light smoke and sweet toasted malt. Flavor is much of the same with a good bit of hop bitterness in the finish. Full body. A very nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hapjydeuce (938) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 11, 2013
Bottled. Same color/ appearance as the regular old guardian. Light smoke in the aroma but not standing out too much.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Sregnar35 (972) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - JUN 10, 2013
Pours dark reddish brown. Aroma is super smokey and malty. Taste is sticky burn with bacon and booze. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
johnnnniee (2306) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 8, 2013
On tap at ACBF 6/1/2013 Burnished copper color with a smallish head. Smokey sweet caramel malt with a solid shot of alcohol heat. Decent beer a bit too hot for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerbastard (687) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUN 7, 2013
Bomber that pours clear amber with little lasting head, and minimal lace. Big malt aromas mixed with oranges, followed by peat and some booze. Flavors are a soft cotton candy sweetness, mixed some smoke and hop bitterness. The flavors linger into the finish with some heat. Not bad,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mrnoluv (157) - long beach, California, USA - JUN 5, 2013
Very low head, good barley, malty aroma, you can smell the alcohol, dirty dishwater appearance, that co2 is harsh at the swallow, good bitter feel on your palate. You can certainly taste the smokey, aged malt, good bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BucannonXC5 (855) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 2, 2013
Type: 22-oz. bomber Glass: Trappist glass From: Whole Foods in Hillcrest (San Diego), Calif. Price: $5.99 Purchased: May 28, 2013 Consumed: June 2, 2013 Misc.: 2013 odd year release Poured a dark caramel copper murky color with 1-2 fingers of khaki white head, which practically disappeared rather quickly. Sporadic spots of lacing on the sides of the glass. Below average retention on the top all the way down. Smelled deep dark fruits, including dates, figs, plums and raisins. Also faint whiff of black cherries and purple grapes. Tobacco and oak also dominate the smell. Also some pinot noir, vanilla and rum. Tasted similar to the nose, but a bit darker and earthier. Oaky tobacco comes through again, reminding me of a pinot noir. Noticed a surprisingly bitter alcohol finish. Figs, plums, dates, raisins, vanilla and some kind of liquor. Not as good as I hoped. Medium body. Thin-to-oily texture. Average-to-soft carbonation. Long, bitter, warming finish. Not the best barleywine Iíve ever had, but not the worst. I was expecting a bit more. In fact, I gave the regular version of this barleywine a 4.35 (96).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ajnepple (2183) - Conifer, Colorado, USA - JUN 2, 2013
On tap at Black Bottle Brewery. The aroma is roasted malts, smoke and earthy hops. Similar flavor, smoky, malty, strong and lightly bitter. Full, thick body with a smooth creamy feel and a warming finish. Good, but kind of disappointing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ads135 (2955) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - JUN 2, 2013
Very good variation on a very good beer. The smoke comes through in the aroma, but not much more. Tried at the KC Hopfest in 2013.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kinz (3286) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - MAY 29, 2013
Another beer that shows that my taste buds share some sort of weird cosmic alignment with the folks at Stone. Dark reddish amber, lovely lasting compact white head. Aroma is rich caramel malts and a decided smoke note. It works in the nose, but Iím worried about the flavor. The smoke is blessedly more restrained in the flavor. Rich caramel malts, followed by some muted citric grapefruit hops, with a light bacon smoke finish, intermingled with the hop bitterness that offsets the malt sweetness. Iím not a smoked fan usually, but it was a complimentary flavor, not the whole point of the beer. The malt richness here was just beautiful. The hop shock was a bit muted here by the smoked malt in my opinion, but even though the flavors didnít really compliment each other, somehow it all worked. Well played. Makes me have a a huge jonesing to go back and sample the original Old Guardian.

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