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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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Wurdahitah (22) - SWEDEN - JUN 19, 2014
Nice stuff. Never had a smoked BW before. Its going to be interesting to compare it to the normal version.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwood04 (4036) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 11, 2014
22oz bottle in a tulip. Pours amberish brown with a lacy, cream-colored head. Aroma of smoked malts, light oak notes, caramel and toffee and an almost candy-like sweetness from the malts, some light notes of alcohol, a hoppy bitterness that’s pronounced even though the beer has aged a lot, and some light dough notes. Smooth texture. A pretty good beer that balances the smoked malts well, but is a little too boozy for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dfroms (289) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUN 5, 2014
Bottle. Pours red amber, small white head. Good lacing. Aroma is caramel, sweet malt, plums, cherries, sugar syrup, light oak smoke but not much. Taste is sweet caramel and apricot with toasted malt, syrup, prune, oak tannins, and booze. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maddmatt639 (264) - Pacifica, California, USA - MAY 26, 2014
No retention. Smells of raisins, figs and char. Tastes of smoke, dark fruits and caramel. Smokey aftertaste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerman6686 (4427) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
artmcd8 (1660) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jsquire (3502) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jhamp9 (1077) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jb (2227) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
radio_nowhere (876) - 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.

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