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RATINGS: 397   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, 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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
bbcd (214) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 11, 2013
deep red-orange, minimal off white head that leaves some nice looking lacing. toffee, oak, citrus, smoke, alcohol, earth. very bitter, medium sweetness, umami. full body, thick and creamy feel, lots of alcohol burn, very dry, astringent finish. it’d do well with some age to mellow out the overwhelming hops

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TURDFERGUSON (3961) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 10, 2013
Tap at Beer Study. 2013. Pours deep amber with a medium sized off white head. Nose is oaky, light meaty smoke, booze, burnt caramel, toffee. Flavor is similar, the oak and booze sorta take over here, booze is also noticeable but that’s normal with OG. Okay and less overly sweet than many BW’s on the market these days which I am thankful for.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rbrazell (1696) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - APR 8, 2013
Bottle from Proof. Ruby pour with a frothy tan head. Ashy, earthy, charred aroma with toffee, burnt sugars and molasses. Lots of smokey ashiness up front with sweet caramel, cherry cough syrup and toffee malts lingering in the background. Medium bodied with alcohol coming through in the finish. A bit harsh, but I think be pretty nice in a few years.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
b33r (678) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - APR 8, 2013
Dark amber color with small cream head and messy oily lacing. Aroma and flavor have rich caramel malts and a deep smokiness with a nice bitter finish. Smooth now but might be better in a couple years.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jonno (2345) - JAPAN - APR 8, 2013
Not too smokey, but definitely a bit oakey. The hop assault is doned down, and you get some stone fruit, bread, caramel, toffee and a hop finish. Nice, but doesn’t do as much with 11% as it should. A bit of time perhaps.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OmegaX (1275) - Florida, USA - APR 7, 2013
Bottle into snifter. Nose is light smoke, citrusy hops, cherries, some toffee, pine resin. Pour is bronze colored with a white head. Flavor is toffee and caramel with big oak notes up front. Citrus hops make a long bitter finish with some burnt caramel and smoked meat. Not bad but not my favorite.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
conway (1527) - - APR 7, 2013
Bottle. Pours same color as standard Old Guardian. Nose is very smoky, as is the taste. Oak doesn't really come through. Smoked/cured meat sort of taste. Slightly disjointed. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
574deadzone (1061) - North Central, Indiana, USA - APR 7, 2013
Pours a clear crimson with a fairly thick toffee-khaki head that settles to a ring and a film, leaving some dripping lace. Having had the original previously, the first thing I pick up on the nose is the smoke. It’s almost a jalapeno/serrano pepper kind of thing. It underlies plenty of sweet malt and bounces off some pine and citrus hops, including tropical and resinous notes. Very sweet flavor with plenty of bitterness mid palate toward the finish. Full, thick, syrupy, sticky, softer carb, with a long, warm, smoky finish. Very big brew, lots of competing elements, but they find a way to mesh. This would be great on a warm, sultry summer night. It’s pretty damn good right now, too.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmohno (1106) - Iowa, USA - APR 7, 2013
Dark orange/red.Hazed. Aroma is oaky,kind of minty,slight bready yeast.Some fruity Taste is smooth,rich,strong oak with a milder smoke drowned out by intense piney bittering.Probably some woody dry astringency in finish.Harsh finish.Grassy.Good but probably preferr this to be aged a good year or more. Has harsh flavors that need rounding out,seems it could have potential for complexity hopefully with age.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BMMillsy (1438) - Florida, USA - APR 7, 2013
Pours deep red from the bottle with a tannish yellow hued head. Wet dog, malts, some oak & smoke on the nose (imagine that). Overall not a lot of aroma. Dry flavor with a hop bitterness. Definite smoke to this. Not much of the sweetness I enjoy from the style. Hints of booze in between the dryness of the oak/smoke. Medium slick mouthfeel with mesium carbonation. I was hoping for sweetness, but it is not bad for what it is.


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