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RATINGS: 393   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerman6686 (4324) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2014
This one poured a bright red color with a beige head. Aromawas of grapefruity hops, caramel, booze and smoke. Falvor was smokey, light bitterness, deep toffes and light alcoholc. Pretty nice

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
artmcd8 (1607) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2014
Dark cloudy amber pour with a white-ish head. Aroma was slightly smokey with some caramel notes and grassy notes. Taste was sweet with a smokey flavor. Really glad I got to try this amazing stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jsquire (3464) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAY 7, 2014
Deep amber color out of the bottle with a small ivory colored head. Sweet nose of melted caramel with hints of charred wood. This is a rich beer with lots of malt syrup, caramel, apricot and raisin notes. The oak presents as a subtle charred wood. The alcohol comes out as it warms.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jhamp9 (1048) - Corinth, Texas, USA - APR 19, 2014
Clear deep copper pour with a nice white head. Aroma is smoke, caramel, and stone fruit. Taste is strong smoke, pineapple, char, and sweet toffee. Slick palate.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jb (2187) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 17, 2014
Pretty decent for a barley wine, one of my less favorite styles. Nose is rich, a bit of bourbon, candied fruit, tons of vanilla. Appearance is quite nice, dark orange and clear, with a brilliant circling retention. Mouthfeel starts a little rough and overwhelming. Notes of smoke, oak, alcohol, carbonation, and sweetness all hit hard. FInishes dry and with that smokey wood thing, which does a nice job of quenching the barley sweetness. From One Stop.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
radio_nowhere (816) - Maryland, USA - APR 15, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2014 Temps abruptly dropping into the 20s (it’s April!) so this felt right. 2/3/13 bomber into a snifter glass, hazy golden-hued orangy amber color, some yeast floaties, with off-white head. Aroma of huge caramel malt sweetness, faint smoke and light citrus hops. Taste brings out a lot more dimension; dark fruit (raisins, apricots), toffee, vanilla, wood char, grill smoke and strong piney hop bitterness (even after a year). Heavy body, low carbonation, soft, syrupy with smokey boozy finish. Still a hop hit after a year but better. Overall its aggressive and a little boozy, yet feels so nice on this cold evening. Not as good as regular Old Guardian but the smokey undertone is nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ICEatALAMO (938) - Troy, Michigan, USA - APR 12, 2014
'13 bottle. The pour is a deep hazy orange brown. The aroma has a nice smoked and oak nose to it. The taste is big, the oak comes through for sure. Boozy for sure. Solid beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Swamp_Thing (35) - Florida, USA - APR 3, 2014
Decent AMerican-style barley wine with a mild smoke flavor and heavy bitterness. Somewhat schizophrenic with the sweet caramel and malt flavors living side by side with the resin-y bitterness without ever coming together. Hops upfront and lingering with an appearance by the dark caramel briefly in between.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gvaughn (22) - Texas, USA - MAR 15, 2014
Malty aroma with smoke flavors present. Taste is fairly sweet toffee and raisins with the smoke accent being apparent. Taste improves markedly with some warmth and the warmth also allows the alcohol to fade. Nice amber color, good head and lace, sediment present. Finish is somewhat bitter.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
high_on_hops (620) - Burlingame, California, USA - MAR 6, 2014
Pours a hazy, dark amber with a short tan head and lacing. It has a rich aroma of malt, resin, and some smoke and dark fruit. The flavor is chewy malt throughout with resin hops and a smoky background followed by a syrupy finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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