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RATINGS: 437   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 5, 2013
22oz bottle, 2013 vintage. Nice satisfyingly smokey aroma. Clear dark red color. Thin off-white head. Good lace. Hoppy, as fresh Old Guardian usually is. Dark fruity hops, earthiness. Some toasty, sweet malt, but more hoppy. Good, big smoke malts... Never had a barley wine this smokey. Not exactly drinkable with the somewhat boozy bite, but it’s very interesting. Sweet, some big lingering bitterness in the finish. Big body. Kind of creamy texture, but more dry. Lighter, smooth carbonation. Nice, long warm smokey bitter earthy aftertaste. Kind of harsh beyond sipping portions... But it’s making a very enjoyable sipper. Alicia tried some, she commented that she wouldn’t have recognized this as a barleywine had I not told her.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - APR 4, 2013
Bottle. Aroma has notes of smoke, dark dried fruits, earth, leather, caramel and red wine. Dark amber hue with a large cascading off-white head that really wanted to stick around and left fantastic lace. Flavor is very sweet and heavy bitter. Palate is very full bodied and oily with soft carbonation and a long bitter finish. Overall an interesting twist on a good barely wine but this would need at least a year in the cellar before I’d really know if the smoke is a positive. Old Guardian is just too hot when fresh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
peteinSD (1462) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 3, 2013
Bottle. Semi-hazy caramel red pour with a slick of white foam. Aroma is oat, roast, light bacon, and smoke. Taste is smoke up front followed by some hop bitterness, dense caramel and sweet malt, and roast flavors into the finish. Some lingering hop bitterness after each sip. Coasting mouthfeel. I like the smoke treatment but it seems to knock down the hops a bit much which was one of my favorite aspects of the beer. Nice variation though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4613) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - APR 3, 2013
Tap at Beer Study. Pours a rich/soft copper amber with a thin wispy tan head. Candy-ish aroma with a soft cured meat character. Some wet hay and grass. Lots of candied fruit in the flavor. Turns very sharp and very hot.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AndySnow (6789) - Huddinge, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HughConway (830) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
keanex (1789) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcberko (14659) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TimE (5085) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 1, 2013
light amber, slightly smoked with lots of hops and huge malty backbone. Syrupy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (9388) - 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.

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