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RATINGS: 379   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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
adrian910ss (2317) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 17, 2013
22 oz bomber. Pours a clear unfiltered coppery amber color with a medium sized cream colored head. Aroma of smoked oak chips, beef jerky, hops and citrus. Taste is the much the same as the aroma.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bleeng (1496) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - MAR 16, 2013
Bomber. Dark amber with a bit white head. Smoky sweet nose. Taste is super rich and malty, with a nice cigar smoky flavor. Goes down really smooth with limited carbonation. This is a very well done beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
notalush (4764) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 16, 2013
Medium amber - some fine suspended particles floating around - soapy lace - quite a sweet nose, with notes of toffee, but there resinous, citric hop character to balance - mild woodsmoke and alcohol underneath - moderate but firm carbonation in the mouth - nice texture - flavor is sweet, but not sticky, and there is plenty of balancing bitterness - a lot of grapefruit and apricot notes - the smoked character is mild and pleasant, but doesn’t completely work with the high bitterness and hop character - still, a pretty good beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ccex (903) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2013
22 oz 2013 bottle pours a clear dark red with small tan head and some lacing. Aroma is full of hickory smoke, bacon, with caramel, citrus, and a touch of vanilla. Taste is sweet with a boozy, slightly bitter finish. Body is medium with lively carbonation. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth. The smoke is the strongest flavor here, with enough others to provide a good balance. Another very good barleywine, although I prefer the regular Old Guardian to this.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
trevor211 (1298) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 16, 2013
Definitely intriguing, and a far better twist than the Belgo version. Pours the same deep orange-ruby as the original. The smoke is actually pretty subtle in here -- not sure I’d have noticed if you gave it to me and didn’t tell me. The usual boozy caramel-drenched fruit still comes through, and with the hop kick that any fresh Stone beer is good for. The flavor finishes with an acerbic grapefruit note that overpowers any lingering smoke. I’d be really (really) interested to try this one after a few years in a cellar -- once the hops and booze calm down a bit, this one would have a fantastic balance.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
phikus01 (103) - New York, USA - MAR 16, 2013
This was a very nice distinguished barley wine. Soft perfume and smoke aroma. Caramel toffee hopped smoke all come together like fine perfume even in flavor. So balanced and so unique. Delicious.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ernest (6143) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 14, 2013
Bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is dark amber. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, cookie), moderately hoppy (resin, apricot, grapefruit), with notes of charred wood and smoked meat. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter. Full body, syrupy/velvety texture, lively carbonation, moderately to heavily alcoholic. Fairly simple nose, but it’s certainly pleasant. Likewise, in the mouth it’s sweet and boozy, but there’s plenty of finishing bitterness to balance it out, so it’s quite drinkable despite its enormity. A very respectable effort.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
b3shine (5134) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 14, 2013
Bomber to snifter (shared with the Mrs.). Looks good; a transparent amberish-brown with sticky off-white lacing. Smells and tastes just like the name suggests: sweet, smoky, and oaky. Good on the palate. An enjoyable variation of the base.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jesterdeal (1789) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - MAR 14, 2013
Aroma of smoked meat, a little bug spray, and vanilla oak. Pours red and clear with a nice medium head. Taste is sweet with hickory, smoke, sweet butterscotch, and a pine hop. Very smoke filled and a little distracting. Warms up nicely.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Daytonbeer (634) - Ohio, USA - MAR 13, 2013
Pours brown with red hue and off white head. Aroma of herbs, licorice, alcohol, and some smoke. Taste is dark fruit, malts, smoke, and bitterness on the back end. Very complex and different.


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