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RATINGS: 370   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, 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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcberko (5368) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 1, 2013
22 oz. bottle, pours a hazy copper amber with a big beige head. Aroma of mild smoked malt, a little caramel malt, and some woody notes. Flavour is quite bitter and smoky, with loads of bitter piney hops, mild smoked malts, and a thin caramel biscuity malt backbone. Quite thin-bodied, smoky and hoppy. Finishes smoky and hoppy, with a tiny hint of sweetness. Bizarre for a barleywine, but it works strangely enough. Good stuff, but doesn’t hold a candle to the regular one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TimE (2977) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 1, 2013
light amber, slightly smoked with lots of hops and huge malty backbone. Syrupy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (5904) - Kyoto, JAPAN - APR 1, 2013
Pretty orange-amber color. Smoky, woody nose, orange, caramel. Quike oaky, smoked, orange flavor. Very harsh bitterness and alcohol burn. Nice, but would like it aged more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fatehunter (1092) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - MAR 31, 2013
Poured a thin head on a muddled amber colored body. The aroma is rich smoke with subtle spice. The taste is heavy on the smoke, a moderate sweetness throughout and finishes with a mild bitterness. A medium body with low carbonation. A lot lighter than expected but nice. Great balance in the taste and aroma. Pretty good overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
snoworsummer (1609) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 31, 2013
Draft. Pouts dark brown with light head. Smells like dates, raisins, smokey chocolate. Tastes sweet and very smokey.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wxman (1340) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - MAR 31, 2013
On tap at Global Brew. Pours a clear ruby with a nice antique lace head. Has a roasted nuts and vinous aroma. Taste is sweet roasted malt, smoked meat, citrus hop bitterness and a bit of sour wine. Good stuff!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tgncc (2664) - Bellmore, New York, USA - MAR 30, 2013
The aroma is smoke, caramel, wood. The appearance is deep amber, translucent, off-white head. The flavor is smoke, wood, caramel. The finish is smoke, somewhat metallic. Medium thick in body, creamy mouthfeel. Good, but the smoke really obscures everything else.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sonnycheeba (3047) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 30, 2013
Tap. Pours dark amber with ruby highlights and average, creamy beige head; short retention and decent lacing. Aroma is roast malts, earthy hops, chocolate, figs, raisins, smoke, and some oak. Flavor is sweet malts forward followed quickly by earthy and floral hops with dark fruit esters, smoke, and oak; dry, lightly bitter finish. Medium/full body and low carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zizzybalubba (1317) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - MAR 30, 2013
22 oz. bottle from Total Wine in Chesapeake, VA. Brownish-orange pour with a frothy khaki head. Aroma of smoke, caramel malt, and faint citrus. After this sits for even a few seconds the smoke overwhelms all of the other aromas. Interesting flavor of smoky malts and piney hops. Smoke and alcohol linger on the palate. Good and interesting. I’m really looking forward to revisiting this one in a year or two to see what develops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
NikkTwist (1390) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 30, 2013
Draft at Tattooed Mom. Clear strong amber with a lasting foamy head that left lace. Rich barleywine. The smoke element jumped right out even before I read the description. Burnt oranges. Medium-full body. Smooth finish. Nice and unusual.

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