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RATINGS: 437   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 342   ABV: 11.4%
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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cobaink2 (450) - seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 20, 2016
Pours a Amber honey color. You can really smell the smoke on this one with a bit of char to boot. Three years have really mellowed the smoke element, however I can’t imagine what this would be like fresh. Really nice and rare. You do not see this everyday.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
McNeillR (2233) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 6, 2016
Thick auburn golden, decent flecks of sediment throughout and greasy lacing from a ringed head. Nose is rich sweetness, soft syruppy. Initial taste is rich cheap honey, greasy smoke and this leads to a heavy mouthfeel. Finishes strongly, ABV really noticeable and lingers fairly stringently sweet.

Bottle fae Stu666, Pig Out Tasting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (10872) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 6, 2016
Bottle at craig’s. Pours deep amber, nose is smoky, oaky, caramel, taste is sweet, fruity, dry smoky finish, quite bitter, salty, little cheesy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GlasgowTAD (1389) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - MAR 6, 2016
Pours bronze with a huge creamy offwhite head. Aroma is caramel, slight smoke, slight straw. Taste is earthy, slight caramel, grassy, smokey and slight oak.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
cgarvieuk (21884) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 6, 2016
Bottle at home.. Copper.. Thin tan lacing... Massive toffee crystal toffee malts nose... Sweet woody malts.. Soft toffee malts... Big sweet toffee... Crystal toffee malts nose

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
patrick767 (4010) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 28, 2016
bottle - Pours dark amber with a small tan head. It has a very smoky aroma with malt and strong oak. It tastes of very smoky, sweet malt with heavy oak flavor and big hops bitterness. The flavor is aggressive in pretty much every way. Three years of aging doesn’t seem to have changed that aspect. The full bodied brew has a long, bitter, smoky finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
_angst_ (4553) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 12, 2016
Bomber bought @ Systembolaget about 3 years ago. Pours hazy reddish brown with a small offwhite head that leaves some spotty sticky trace on the glass. Smell is malty and smokey with caramel, toffee, sweet dark bread, burnt wood, smoked charcuteries, minerals and hints of alcohol. Taste is sweet, bitter, malty, herbal, earthy and smokey. Mouthfeel is soft, viscous, round, tiny astringent, tiny boozy and medium to full bodied. Finish is sweet and and bitter with caramel, toffee, smoked charcuteries, burnt wood, moist soil, moist grass, resin and hints of alcohol. Bitter but very smooth smoked US barley wine. Quite like this...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kavu (4187) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 1, 2015
Shared 0,65l bottle @ One Pint Pub. Pours clear amber with a low head. Aroma is bready roasted malts with smoke. Flavor is sweet roasted malts with bread, alcohol, smoke and hops. Quite nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2015
Pours a dark golden amber/copper color with mahogany edges and a one finger yellowish-beige head that has excellent retention, only slowly fading into a thick, lasting ring. Streaks of soapy lacing left behind. Earthy, slightly roasted aroma with a nice balance of sweet malt, resinous hops, toasted oak and smoke. The smoke and barrel notes are subtle but show up more as it warms with hints of dry wood, campfire and BBQ. These notes are faint however, and the American barleywine characteristics of Old Guardian still stand out. Slightly floral with grassy, piney hop oils and faint citrus countered by sweet and leathery malt notes. Lots of caramel sweetness along with toffee, hazelnut, raisin and fig. Smells pretty good but I was hoping for more smoke and oak character to make it really stand out from the regular version. Full bodied with a slight creamy texture and a flavor profile that’s very similar to the aroma. The aggressive hops, sweet malt and alcohol flavors overpower the smoked/oak wheat notes. Not too smokey at all really with faint charcoal and smoked meat flavor but it does have a dry burnt wood flavor from the oak. Aggressively hop forward with resinous hop bitterness and a touch of citrus/tropical fruit sweetness. The dry bitterness is countered by a strong malt presence with notes of roasted barley, caramel sweetness, toffee, dark fruit and boozy sweetness. Subtle leathery presence with hints of raisin, date and fig in the back end. The high ABV is relatively well masked but there’s subtle heat and some nice warmth in the finish. Flavorful, well balanced and easy to drink. I just wish that the oak, and especially the smoke flavors were stronger. Dryer than usual but too similar to regular Old Guardian for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 3, 2015
Poured into a snifter. 3.5 A: Deep amber color. Lots of crap floating around that for the most part is uniformly small. One and a half fingers of frothy beige head. Retention is about what you’d expect from a beer this big, but a formidable ring of lacing is left. 3.75 S: I bought this looking for smoke. I got some. I want more. Otherwise, this is still the just-a-bit-too-hoppy BW. However, I dare say the smoke brings everything together and it’s a lot nicer than the original. Caramel, plum, brown sugar, some toastiness, and a nice neutral maltiness. Herbal hops with citrusy and floral components. 3.5 T: Tastes good, but I wish the smoke came through stronger. Like the original, this is a bit too bitter for me. I like my BWs on the sweeter side, but Stone doesn’t do things like not hopping the shit out of everything. Anyway, caramel, brown sugar, toastiness lead the way with plum and raisin fruits underneath. Mild smokiness underneath that. Strong herbal hoppiness, again with notes of citrus and floral. 3.75 M: Heavier medium to heavy body. Good moderate carbonation. Reasonably creamy with well hidden alcohol. 3.5 D: Tasty beer. It’d be better with less hops, but it’s still good nonetheless. ★ 1,216 characters DavoleBomb, Nov 27, 2013

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