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RATINGS: 411   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 342   ABV: 11.4%
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Whether you are writing the correct year by now or not, it’s officially 2013. That means a new Stone Brewing Co. Odd Beer for Odd Years release. The first time around, Old Guardian was “Belgianized”. This year is a oak smoked edition. This beer makes uses of the same smoked malt used in recent collaboration The Perfect Crime.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 4, 2013
A vigorous pour into my teku glass produces a dense, amber tinged, full tan colored head that is a fat-three-fingers thick; it leaves some light, layered lacing on the sides of my glass as it slowly subsides. The beer is a bright, concentrated amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, nice red hue when held up to the light. The aroma is sweet, caramelized and malty at first, but then picks up some savory, smooth smokiness, and some roasted, smoky raisin like notes. The hop character seems fairly muted here, but if you dig for it there is a signature pine / herbal character and the citrus notes seems to be a big part of the fruitiness here, but it is the malt character that seems to play the dominant role in the aroma.

Somewhat sweet, rich, chewy and malty up front, the finish is smoky and bitter, both of which combine to give this beer a bit, and almost harsness in the finish. Sweet, caramelized, concentrated malt notes, toasted brown sugar dense whole grain crackers, and sweet brown bread notes up front move towards smoky, savory, almost salty leaning notes in the finish and ultimately this picks up a woody, bitter note in the finish. The sweetness accentuates fruit notes of smoked, caramelized raisins and perhaps some berry like notes. The body is definitely chewy and rich like a good Barley Wine should be.

This is quite enjoyable, I am not sure what I expected, but I am definitely happy having this beer as my finish to a long day. I was expecting more hop character, but I am not sure that would have worked very well with the oak-smoke character, so I am glad that this was not the case. The smoke and residual hop character can get a bit harsh in the finish at times though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ben4321 (4551) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 3, 2013
Location: 750 ml bottle from jcos, 7/3/13

Aroma: The nose has some sweet malts, oak, a little bit of smoke, wood, and some fruit
Appearance: It pours a reddish-brown color with a thin off-white head with some spotty lace
Flavor: The taste is heavy malty, with lots of oak/wood, plenty of smoke, and some bitterness too
Palate: The body is fairly full, it has a sticky feel, plenty of boozy heat, and a dryish finish
Overall Impression: This is a heck of a beer, and certainly a sipper. Based on my (I’ll be it fairly old) ratings of the regular and the Belgo, I think this is my favorite of the Old Guardians that I have tried. I guess the oak-smoke worked for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
illidurit (2230) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 2, 2013
On tap at TAPS in Petaluma. Amber with a light khaki head. Aroma is meaty and peaty, nice smoke coupled with caramel and toffee sweetness. Flavor is more malt forward with the smokiness emerging in the finish. Sweet and sticky.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
topherh (1915) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - JUL 1, 2013
Pours orange-amber with a khaki head. Aroma is sweet caramel malts and light smoke. Flavor is smoked malt, caramel sweetness, lots of bitter earthiness. lingering bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dalekliz (891) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 30, 2013
Bottle. Pours a murky amber-brown with a huge fluffy off-white head that lingers. Big sweet aroma, of oak, malt, caramel, brown sugar, dark fruits, and a bit of smoked meat. Taste is sweet and smoky, with overripe dark fruits, wood, malt, meat. Lingering sweet boozy smoke. The balance isn’t quite right, but still tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Brewdork (228) - Sanford, Florida, USA - JUN 30, 2013
Pours deep orange with minimal white head. Aroma is dominated by alcohol and smoke. Flavor is similar, with a heavy dose of oak. I like the flavor, but frankly I find myself slowing down by the end of the bomber. I generally like Old Guardian, but the smoked oak may be too much.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
djd07 (5405) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 29, 2013
Bottle. Pours a clear amber with small off white head that diminishes quickly fo nothing. The aroma is raisin, roast, and some smoke. Thick mouthfeel with alcohol burn and light smoke in the finish. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Toadvine (72) - Arizona, USA - JUN 28, 2013
22oz bomber from AJ's Market. Super smoky, peaty aroma and taste. Tasty, but absolutely no hint of the Old Guardian in there (except for alcohol content).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7331) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 24, 2013
Bomber. Poured garnety-amber with a tall, creamy toasted khaki head.. looked great in the glass! The aroma picked up sweet smoke and vanilla over warm caramel and a touch of licorice.. peppery notes, grass, and floral hoppage were also laced throughout.. very nice. The flavor found tangy oak barrel and peppery notes on the tip of the tongue, with dry licorice and molasses following.. sweeter smoke and lesser vanilla bean also made their way through the drink.. finished warm and peppery with licorice, strong greener hop bitterness, and complementary smokage. Heavy-bodied and tangy through the palate (a little sharp and bitter for my liking).. overall a very good brew!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - JUN 23, 2013
Serving: 22 oz. bottle from State Line Liquors. It pours a hazy muddy amber with a dense, light tan head. Great head retention and great lacing. The nose has light wood and smoke notes with a lot of bready malt underneath. The flavor has notes of a speyside scotch. A good bit of peat, some smoke, oak, iodine, caramel, and piney bitterness. An interesting mix, but I think I prefer the normal version a little more. Full bodied with a lingering finish. Watch out for the abv as this one packs a punch. Rebuy: no.

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