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RATINGS: 403   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ernest (6353) - 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 (5844) - Indiana, 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 (1984) - 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 (665) - 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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bule (869) - California, USA - MAR 13, 2013
650 ml Bottle of 2013 Vintage. Smokey taste that overpowers a little. Pours a reddy brown with frothy head that quickly dissipates.

3.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ElGaucho (2240) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAR 13, 2013
Bomber. Bit of a medicinal aroma. Doesn’t smell at all like a Barleywine. Dark reddish brown body; hazy, with very little lace. Chewy palate like a Barleywine, very strong, rich, sweet. Smoke is evident although somewhat overshadowed by everything else going on. Still, a nice smoke in the finish and a nice brief hoppyness about mid-tongue. Excellent.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kidmartinek (3742) - austin, Texas, USA - MAR 13, 2013
Burnt copper color. Superior carbonation. Willowy foam head lasts indefinitely. Aroma is light.smoke and woodiness. Taste is oak, smoke and caramel. Finish is deliciously stark bitter.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2013
22oz bottle from Binny’s Lincoln Park. Pours a deep brown colored body with a slight orange hue. Finger-width, dense, creamy and frothy, tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is woody with a medium sweet caramel and a good amount of smoke. Leathery, peppery, and a bit estery with some dark fruits and a few piney hops. Flavor is similar. Caramel, piney hops and citruses, leathery smoke, and wood. A few dark fruit notes, some toffee, and pepper before this finishes dry and bitter. Lengthy aftertaste following a medium-full body and a moderate carbonation. Overall, an interesting barley wine with a lot of things going on. Dry and bitter with a good amount of wood, leather, smoke, piney hops, citruses, and sweeter caramels. Not bad.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
bb (6860) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 12, 2013
Bottle. Rich amber beer with a dark cream head. Smoke and malt aroma with light caramel. Nice smokey flavor with malt, light earth, and light caramel. Medium bodied. Smoke and earth linger with ight caramel, and light darker malts.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MIBRomeo (2567) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 12, 2013
Golden pour thick off white head thick lacing. Aroma of oak lots and lots of caramel a touch of smoked meat. Full well coated slightly creamy palate. Good caramel a bit of pine and a hint of salt along with a light smoke. Well balanced maintains the OG taste with a subtle touch of smoked meats. Enjoyable.


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