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RATINGS: 433   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 11, 2013
Bottle:   Deep amber, very fiery, moderate to large frothy sandy head, nice lacing.   Smoked malt nose are very apparent.   Otherwise slight biscuit, alcohol, caramel, breadiness, and even a touch of band-aid.   Somewhat odd, a smoked Barley Wine.   Big maltiness up front, faint alcohol, and a strong presense of smoked malt.   Not as sweet as I would have hoped.   Thats the one thing that kinda detracts, needs more sweetness to aid in the heavy smoked breadiness.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate to full.   Warming malty finish, bready, and really smokey.   Hard to really get the Barley Wine aspect without it being all that sweet, like most Old Guardian.   The smoke is overdone in my opinion.   Not bad, well made, but just in the wrong direction.   Needs only subtle smoke to make it interesting, this one is too much.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
krumbum (946) - truckee, California, USA - AUG 10, 2013
Thick honey red color. Smells of smoke and clove. Like smoke taste with bbq sweetness mixed in. Mouth coating is sticky and has a woody after taste.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cool_Bond (2297) - KUNG_AV_OL @ Instagram, SWEDEN - AUG 8, 2013
Aromas of oak barrels. The taste is good and you really feel the roasted malt in the beer. The aftertaste is never ending. Follow me @ Kung av öl @ Facebook for more pictures and ratings.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mezr (96) - California, USA - AUG 5, 2013
bread, earthy, amber, orange, hazy, tan foam, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, medium body, slick feel, soft carbonation, bitter, 20 oz bottle. Poured an amber-orange, slightly hazy, with a small, tan head that dissipated in about 3 minutes. Aroma is distinctly smoke, bread and earthy tones. Medium body, slick and somewhat soft carbonation. The taste is at first surprisingly sweet at first and then abruptly bitter. A long bitter aftertaste that’s very enjoyable and coupled with a sense of warmth on the palate.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
craftbeersweden (559) - SWEDEN - AUG 5, 2013
Released in Sweden aug. 1 - 2013 In a beatiful 650 ml bottle from Systembolaget in Sweden. ABV: 11.4% A clear, dark amber color Barley Wine with a 3 finger high, beige, head that leave a lot of lacing on the glass. Nose: Syrup, smoked malt, oak, caramel, vanilla, honey an dark fruit. Ohhh I LOVE that nose! Taste: Hops, wood, brown sugar, smoked ham, grapefruit, toffee, orange peel and a beatiful long lasting bitterness that even increases over time. A full body with a medium carbonation. A very well hidden alcohol taste. I just love this wonderful barley wine from Stone. Go get it and put a few bottles away a year or two. I think it will be even better after a while :)

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lusikka (7681) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 2, 2013
650 ml bottle @ Kitty?s, Helsinki. Pours a dark amber colour with a white head. Aroma of caramel, pungent dark berries, bread and mild smoked notes. Heavy and rather complex flavour of caramel, cough drops, smoked wood, biscuit, licorice, tar, grassy bitterness and some herbal spiciness. As it warms up the smokiness gets stronger. Full bodied, thick mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Finishes heavy sweet, smoky and sticky. Very enjoyable.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tiong (6390) - Espoo, FINLAND - AUG 2, 2013
650ml bottle @ Kitty’s, Helsinki

Bottled 01-16-13 - Pours dark orange with a small foamy head. Aroma of sweet syrupy malts, caramel, toffee, oak and hints of smoke. Taste is hoppy, sweet and sticky with notes of oak, wood, smoke and caramel. Finish is sweet, malty, oaky and sticky with hints of smoke and loads of caramely toffee. Smoke and tar notes kick in after warming. Heavy, complex and sweet but quite tasty barley wine.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rader58 (871) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - JUL 27, 2013
22 oz bottle. Pours a clear, dark copper with orange hues. Aroma of caramel, vanilla, wood. Flavor is wood, molasses, caramel, cherry juice, brown sugar. Flavors get better if you pour and let it sit / warm a bit..

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scopey (12247) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 26, 2013
Bottle from BrewDog online, shared at Bruce’s. It pours deep ruby-amber with a thick beige head. The nose is roasty, toast, brown bread, toffee, orange, tangerine and candy. The taste is roasty, wood, varnish, leather, decent bitterness, booze, light smoke, toasted brown bread, sweet candy, earth and medicine. Full body, fine carbonation and velvety mouth-feel. Decent.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (18222) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 25, 2013
Bottle at Bruce’s - London. Lightly hazy amber-ruby with a moderate, frothy off-white head. Looks great. Some smoked ham in the nose, honey, rich bread. Medium to big sweet flavor, bubblegum, candied ham, some bitter earth, sweet bread. Full bodied with fine, creamy carbonation. Warming finish, lightly astringent, more candied ham, rich bread, some ripe fruits. Heavy duty stuff. Pretty tasty.


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