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RATINGS: 369   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexandersh (196) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - MAY 18, 2013
Bottle; Color: Red/blush/ Cloudy. Aroma: Smoke/Sweet/ Maple. Flavor: Strong smoke flavor, definately packs a punch. High alcohol taste extremely powerful, overwhelming smoke taste, very tough to distiguish any other flavor ... Vague sweet BBQ (which correlated with the smoke flavor) and possible hint of maple? Super sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
VastActiv (2201) - Oulu, FINLAND - MAY 18, 2013
Bottle 0.65l at Gallows Bird, Espoo. Bottled 07012013. Colour is orange with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Tar, smoke, sweetness, oily and roasted malts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dreadnord (1013) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 16, 2013
Pours hazy copper orange with a small off white head. The nose is BBQ, smoke, caramel and apple. The taste is medium sweet and medium high bitter with a bitter finish. The texture is oily, the body is heavy and the finish is long. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
theisti (3093) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - MAY 16, 2013
2013 Vintage. 22 oz bomber purchased at Mount Airy Liquor Store in Mount Airy, Maryland. The pour is a hazed copper beige orange, with a 1/2 inch light tan head. Nice lace. The aroma is char smoke roast right away, lightly sweet raisin fruit malt behind that. The taste is the smoke char along with sweet malt, and then turns to a sharp alcohol. The palate is medium bodied, lingering smoke sweet alcohol finish. Nice nose, the taste does integrate the smoke all that well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TomDecapolis (4394) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - MAY 15, 2013
Pours a hazy deep amber with a creamy off white laci g head. Aroma of smoked malt, vanilla, oak, caramel, citrus and dark fruits. Flavor of vanilla, cherries, dark fruits, citrus, oak and smoked cherry wood.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jjuf1853 (1200) - Land O Lakes, Florida, USA - MAY 15, 2013
Draft at Trinity Brass Tap. Pours a clear dark amber color with a foamed tan head. Nearly solid sheet of lacing along the glass. Aroma has nice smoke, wood and vanilla notes. Flavor is robust with smoke, vanilla, bourbon, and wood notes. Alcohol is well disguised, similar to the Belgian version.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Block (1210) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAY 14, 2013
Dark amber pour with a fluffy off-white head. Aroma is sweet, caramel. Flavor is also sweet. Itís much more mellow than the original Old Guardian. Itís maltier and a bit smoother. The alcohol is masked much better, too. One of the best barley wines Iíve had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
unclemike (2180) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - MAY 14, 2013
Pours a crystal clear medium amber with a dense and rocky tan head. Lots of lace. Sweet bacony nose, light peppery esters woven in. Creamy thick body, sluggish carb. Bacon, toast, and spicy notes on the mid palate. Long dryish finish. Interesting stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ellolovey (427) - Georgia, USA - MAY 13, 2013
22 oz bottle. Pours a deep amber with a beige froamy head. Beautiful lacing. Aroma of smoke, wood, caramel, citrus, and vanilla. Taste is much like the nose. Smoke, wood, citrus, pine, and hints of caramel and vanilla. A bit boozy on the finish. Def warms you up. Bitterness is a bit harsh. Harsh dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
portableparty (1908) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAY 12, 2013
22 oz. bottle. Pours a dark amber/brown color with a sudsy beige head that dissipates to a film and subtle lacing. Aroma has big meat locker smoke and piny hops and blends into caramel malts. Taste has a good bitterness of piny hops and then the smoke comes through with jerky and a bit of camp fire and peat and hidden caramel malt and booze. Palate is full slick and warming with a dry finish. Another beer...

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