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RATINGS: 403   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brenn79 (1582) - Idaho, USA - APR 13, 2013
22 oz. bottle- Pours dark ruby red with a thin tan head that reduces kind of quickly. Aroma is moderate campfire smoke, malt, some pepper or other spices, the smoke could be more assertive. The taste is creamy, very hoppy, wood, smoke could be more prominent again, it is there, just mellow and blended with the rest of the beer (as it warmed the smoke did present itself). Body is huge, mouthfeel is creamy, carbonation is medium. Overall I liked it, I do think some age on this would do it wonders.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
JoeMcPhee (8565) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - APR 13, 2013
Thanks to hogtownharry. Deep orange amber pour. The nose is rich and smoky with a little bit of light pale malt. A bit of pepper and some rich hoppiness. Intensely hopped with a bit of light fruitiness and some very aggressive bitterness. I’d love to see it age for a bit - it’s a bit brash.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
poisoneddwarf (1767) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - APR 13, 2013
Bomber. 2013 Odd Year Release. Pours a pretty hazy amber with a medium beige head with decent retention; leaves some cobwebby lace. Aroma is smoky (fairly mild compared to say, a Aecht Schlenkerla rauchbier), mild dark fruits, tobacco/leather, wood. Taste starts out lightly sweet and savory before quickly turning bitter and remaining that way through the long licorice-tinged finish. Body is very full, mouthfeel creamy, carbonation average for style. Really good, but maybe not as good as I was hoping. I think it will be better in a year, and luckily I have an extra bottle to see what happens.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6130) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - APR 12, 2013
my 22oz bottle shared with blankboy, mabel, jercraigs, radek and joemcphee. Bubbly copper, clear, large foamy lasting off-white head. Light smoke, grain, alcohol - ehh on the taste. Huge hop bitteness, much smokier, ash, alcohol, more alcohol - yumm, but big. Slick, bitter, boozy, decent carbonation, incredibly long finish. Big. Did I say big?

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheHOFF43 (1759) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - APR 12, 2013
Bottle. Pours a dark copper with some off white head. More like a rauchbier aroma and flavor. Lots of woody smoke, probably too much. Cant even tell its a barley wine. Disappointed in this one.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rayOfBeer (672) - El Cerrito, California, USA - APR 11, 2013
Bottle: orange-amber pour with medium sized off-white head. Aroma is campfire with with malt and cooked sausage. Flavor is thick with sweet malt, a bit of apricot, smoke, and has a punch of bitter grapefruit. For me this beer was ok, but the smokiness was distracting and overpowering.

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 (3969) - 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 (1702) - Florida, 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 (685) - 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.


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