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RATINGS: 415   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
haddon90 (1562) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Billicus (289) - @RED BHUT JOIKIAS!, Paulsboro, New Jersey, USA - MAR 25, 2013
22ozer last bottle on shelf color, dark amber, decent head, warm color aroma, wow, like a bbq, also sweet esters mixed with straight up malt taste, frontal hit of mellow oak smoke, then the malt cresends to a high point of textuerd masterpiece overall, awesome, will buy again

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bigguns22 (728) - Maryland, USA - MAR 24, 2013
Drinking with twindog. Aroma is malty and sweet. Flavors are full body,bitter,smokey and caramel. Lingers on the palate and is a great beer to pair with a full body cigar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
raphael (1022) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 24, 2013
I know no meat was used in making this beer (though with Stone anything’s possible) but I smell smoked ham coated in brown sugar--smoke, sweet, charred fat, & cloves (just a week ‘til Easter.) the oak smoke flavor less meaty but just as rich, add toffee, lumber-ish hops, & alcohol, very well-balanced. finish bitter & sticky. the smoke seems to linger in my mouth. What a great beer and experience!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Narnad (1504) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2013
Pours a ruby-orange color with a huge, creamy, light tan head. Very clean look to it. Aroma has a very strong citrus orange, light smoke with hints of peat, toasted malt, light caramel malt sweetness and a little bit of pine and grassy hops at the finish. Flavor starts off with a modest smoke wood flavor early with a modest bitterness in the middle - grassy, light orange comes through most. Body is oily, heavy and has low carbonation with a light amount of alcohol coming through ( I would never have guessed it was 12%). A very tasty brew as a whole. The smoke is there but works very well with hops malt in the brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
StefanSD (2218) - Lakeside, California, USA - MAR 24, 2013
650 ml bottle from Bevmo. Pours a nice reddish brown color with a medium off-white head that has good retention. The aroma features toffee malts and some smoke. The flavor, like the aroma, is toffee malt forward with light smoke playing second fiddle, besides toffee and light smoke; I get some grains, nuts and white fruits. The palate is full and viscous with soft carbonation. The finish is long and dry with lingering bitter filberts. Overall: Glad to see this is a classified as a barleywine, because the smoke character is way in the background--to the point that I might have missed it had I not been looking for it. As a barleywine I quite enjoyed this, as a smoked beer I was somewhat disappointed.

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