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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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AndySnow (4083) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 2, 2013
Bottle at Antenna America, Yokohama. Brown colour with an off-white head. Smokey hops, malt aroma. Mild smoke flavour with some sweet caramel.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HughConway (805) - Washington, USA - APR 2, 2013
Bomber bottle of the 2013 vintage. Pours clear amber stiff tan head. Aroma of smoke and caramel malt. Taste is smoke and caramel maybe some citrus. Finish is kinda rough. Could use some aging.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
keanex (1503) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - APR 2, 2013
Bottled January 16, 2013.
Appearance: Clear body showing some carbonation with a copper to mahogany color. The head is very thin and doesn’t stick around long, it settles into a thin tan ring with a very sparse coating in the middle, almost like a see through curtain.
Aroma: The aroma is restrained but I smell some smoke and a light oak presence backed by sweet malts.
Taste: The oak is prominent here, along with a strong citrus bitterness overlying the smoke which comes off more as dry smoke than smoked meats like I’m used to. A sweet malt base underlies this.
Palate: Thick with good carbonation.
Overall: I don’t really care for this. There’s nothing about it I really enjoy.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcberko (7230) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TimE (3365) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 1, 2013
light amber, slightly smoked with lots of hops and huge malty backbone. Syrupy.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (6724) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fatehunter (1399) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
snoworsummer (2457) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 31, 2013
Draft. Pouts dark brown with light head. Smells like dates, raisins, smokey chocolate. Tastes sweet and very smokey.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wxman (1474) - 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!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tgncc (2894) - 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.


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