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RATINGS: 394   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joeneugs (3262) - Livermore, California, USA - MAR 20, 2013
22 oz bomber. It pours a very clear dark orange/copper color with a nice off white head. Lighter colored than I expected. The aroma hits you with some brown sugar first with nice notes of woody, hammy smoke coming in next. Maybe some dank hops and caramel, but they are surprisingly subdued, at least for Stone… The flavor is a bit more rough with big alcohol presence, a thick, thick body with lots of smoke and piney hops. Not my favorite combination, but there is some caramel in there to slightly set those flavors off. Besides all that I wouldn’t call this sweet at all, just thick, piney, smoky and alcoholic. A little more brown sugar and maybe some rum soaked raisins come out as it warms. A bit of a chore, but pretty good for what it is.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Iphonephan (3301) - McLean, Virginia, USA - MAR 20, 2013
From a 22 oz bottle shared with Ryan. Pours a murky brownish amber with an off white head. Sweet malty aroma. Favors of bacon and toasted malt. Bitter burnt finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
odinstyr (561) - Hamilton, New Jersey, USA - MAR 20, 2013
Pours a clear red-orange with a moderate cream head. Smells of smoked peat, floral, biscuits. Taste is bitter, moderately sweet, smokey, and lightly sour - a little alcohol in the taste - bitter citrusy hops, brown bread, smoke. A little less smooth than I expected from Stone.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
skmikeg (920) - Poway, California, USA - MAR 19, 2013
Pours a clear cooper-orange with a foamy two finger off white head with very nice lacing. Aroma is of smoke, pine, caramel, and some dark fruits. Taste is of smoke, caramel sweet malts, candied pine cones, brown sugar, citrus rinds, and dark fruits. Has a medium-full body with a creamy, chewy mouthfeel and and a warming, semi bitter, semi dry, long, smokey finish. Overall, a very tasty and interesting barley wine that makes nice use of smoked malts.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
douglas88 (6042) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 19, 2013
Bottle from Holiday Wine Cellar. Pours a nice dark amber color with a medium white head. A light nose of caramel, candy and berries. The flavor is really dominated by astringent smoke and hops, metallic, odd rust. Heat. Sweet candies and caramel. I’m not digging this, it is super astringent and not easy to drink. Maybe it needs a year or two?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheGB (510) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAR 19, 2013
On tap at Beer Run. Light aroma of caramel, malt and some smoke. Taste is nicely balanced with a great balance of sweet, hops and smoke. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
iowaherkeye (2691) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAR 19, 2013
22oz bomber. Quick rate, will update later. Tastes and smells like Old Guardian, but with moderate beechwood smoked malt. I know is says oak, but I can’t tell the difference of the two, though I can pick out cherrywood (just brewed with it last week), which isn’t here. Flavor follows suit, being the grainy and alcoholic boring beer I remember, but again, with way more bitterness that I’d want. Finishes bone dry. Suffers the same problem as Alesmith Decadence’s Smoked Maple Barley Wine--beers like that shouldn’t have that kind of bitterness, would fit better in the English style barley wine. But then again, I’m just one idiot. Grain, alcohol, smoke, bitterness, but not unenjoyable, as a fan a smoke. The end.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SudsMcDuff (5844) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 19, 2013
very good beer, smoke level is solid, very much an acrid after bbq smoke on your shirt kinda smoke .. i’d have this a lot if i could .. .

What are ya some kind of space lawyer?

As a matter of fact I am.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
neuromatt (1158) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 19, 2013
22 oz bottle from the Best Damn Beer Shop in San Diego, served in a snifter. Pours clear copper with a small tan head that mostly remains and leaves a small amount of lace. The nose is hickory smoky with subtle notes of caramel and roasty malts. The flavour is moderately bitter with huge smoky malts and a big resinous-piny note. Secondary notes are caramelly malty. The finish is long and hoppy with west coast hops combined with malts and smoke that doesn't overpower. On the palate it is full in body with a dryish texture and soft carbonation. Overall this is a decent smoky barley wine. The smoke is well balanced by big hops and barley wine notes. A surprising hit despite huge smoke. 2013-03-18

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
baraciisch (1899) - USA - MAR 18, 2013
Mahogany reddish brown in color... Aroma of caramel malts, oak... Flavor is caramel, sweet resiny mouthfeel initially, gives way to oak, smoke and slight hops on the finish... Delicious ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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