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RATINGS: 420   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 342   ABV: 11.4%
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 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
EtTuCthulhu (1387) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - MAR 30, 2013
The aroma is light with hints of smoke and hops, and the appearance combines a auburn color with a large off-white head. The taste is quite bitter, mildly umami, and slightly sweet, and the palate fuses a long, bitter and astringent finish, soft carbonation, full body, and a sticky texture.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bluejacket74 (1676) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - MAR 29, 2013
22 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a reddish/copper color with about an inch light tan head that stayed around for a long time. There’s also a lot of lacing. The aroma is nice, it smells mostly like smoked malt/meats, and there’s also some cherry, caramel and oak noticeable, too. It tastes like smoked malt/meats, caramel, oak, citrusy and pine hops, toffee, bready malt, and a bit of booze, chocolate and cherry cough syrup. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it’s coating and creamy with moderate carbonation. Drinks pretty easy for an 11.4% ABV beer. I’m a fan of this brew, I’ll have to pick up another bottle soon. A pretty good deal for $7.99 a bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BMan1113VR (7914) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 28, 2013
Bottle with a ridiculous back label. Pours with a clear orange to bronze hued body . Off white head lasts. Aroma is smoky, maple, toasty, caramel, alcohol, malty. Low hops, smoky. Flavors are extremely bitter and tannic, smokey, soil, earth. Tons of tannin. Mild ester including some isoamyl acetate (banana). Bready malt, low hops and some alcohol. Extremely rough. Bacon. Massively bitter finish . Fuller carbonation and body, rough and warming finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerenberger (1584) - Fischer, Texas, USA - MAR 28, 2013
Aroma of vanilla with a touch of citrus. Pours a dark amber with rapidly dissipating white head and no lacing. The taste is a "softer rounder" version of the original Old Guardian. Peat, astringency, alcohal, and wood which seem to present themselves as you begin to swallow. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Overall, an equally enjoyable after dinner sipper. Good job Stone.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Peacehammer (624) - California, USA - MAR 28, 2013
typical copper, with one finger head. Crystal malts on the nose, and a distinct smoke aroma, not the bacon-meat type, but more a wood aroma. Big malt, and bitter hops up front. The oak smoke notes take over after. Leaving bitter, sort of charred characteristics on the end of the palette. Some lingering manageable smokiness. The smoke tones have really evened out the hops nicely. What a great variation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
haddon90 (1587) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - MAR 27, 2013
Draft. Simply amazing. Pours a dark copper color with a smooth, creamy off white head. Nice toffee aroma with a hint of oak ages berries. Very powerful smoked flavor with a nice sweet finish. It is not overpowering, but you can sense the 12%. Very good balance and very impressive.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
XmnwildX12 (2079) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - MAR 25, 2013
Bottle from AVe, aroma is some very sweet malt and booze. Taste is a lot of piney hops and some caramel, quite harsh and bit of a mess. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - MAR 25, 2013
22oz bottle. Clear deep amber with a small thick off white head. Aroma of toffee, smokey campfire, fruity esters and grain. Flavor is sweet caramel malt, smooth smoke, bitter hops and some alcohol warming. Medium body with a soft smoith mouth feel. I like this, the smoke is a nice touch and it seems like the hops were scaled back, which works good in this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - MAR 25, 2013
Bright amber-orange in color with an off-white head, this is a really beautiful beer. The aroma is of a soft Old Guardian with a touch of light smoke. It’s quite shocking in the mouth, with such a unique flavor palate that you’d almost never guess this was an Old Guardian at heart. A warm, smoky, almost pepper-like flavor sneaks in up front, followed by a sweet, almost candy-like flavor, and finally finishing with a soft, slightly woody flavor that delivers a bitter clutching sensation in the throat and such an acute smoky bite on the tongue and in the sinuses that you’d think there was capsaicin in this. It’s all-around incredibly balanced, offering a different experience every step of the way. There’s a touch of sweetness that persists through the drink, but it’s well-balanced with the rest of the beer. \This beer makes me happy. It’s not over-smoked, over-oaked, over-sweet, over-alcoholic, or over-anything. It’s wonderful.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BK7 (773) - Turner, Oregon, USA - MAR 25, 2013
On tap at Venti’s South. Sweet malty barley wine background with oranges and pine up front. Light smoke and no oak. Flavors did not mesh but might given time to age. Bitter finish.

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