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RATINGS: 431   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - MAR 22, 2013
Appearance: Pours a hazy bright amber with a fluffy tan head that subsides to a thin soapy cap, leaving thick foamy lacing.

Aroma: Smoked malt, sweet toffee notes. Strong smokey note, taking away the hoppy nose Classic Old Guardian bears.

Taste: Spicy smokey malt. Very woody, not meaty like some smoked beers. Spicy bitter hops, apricot, some toffee notes. Finishes bitter and woody.

Mouthfeel: A bit rough, full bodied.

Overall: The best spin on Old Guardian they’ve done yet. Very sharp and woody and bitter. I can’t guess what age will do to this beer, maybe smooth it out, but I would hate to lose the ‘OAK-SMOKED’ in the process.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Westchesterco (1664) - mclean, Virginia, USA - MAR 21, 2013
brown, medium bitterness, lightly bitter, full body, full body, sticky, soft carbonation, long finish,

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 4/20
Rando7 (777) - Iowa, USA - MAR 21, 2013
Bottle pours clear reddish with medium off-white head. Aroma dominated by smoky bacon. Taste dominated by smoke. Finish of bitter hops and smoke. Nice thick barleywine palate. Way too smoky, the smoke dominates everything else in the beer. If you’re rating to style in the liquid smoke category then it’s a 5.0.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nephilium (1628) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 21, 2013
Smokey aroma, with hints of vanilla and caramel behind it. Pours a clear reddish-amber, with a huge light-tan head. This one is very smoke forward, with quite a bit of alcohol heat hiding behind it. There’s a lingering smoke finish, with some underlying sweetness. It’s not terrible now, but I’d want to pick up a bottle or two of this and see how they are in a couple of years.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AxlLives (288) - Maryland, USA - MAR 21, 2013
22 oz bottle - pours clearish orange-red with full, thick, tight lasting white-tan head. Cool, big lacing and lasting. Big notes of bacon, smoked salami, slight vanilla and oaky maple come through on the nose. Creamy palate at the front. Big malty notes, finishing with a hoppy presence. Nice dark orange notes, thick smokey oak, touch of citrus on the end. Big bodied, intense and complex. Not for the faint of palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AskForJenny (1062) - Ontario, New York, USA - MAR 20, 2013
22 oz - Lots Going on. Nose like smoked salmon, flavors the same way too. This is a busy palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (6040) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAR 20, 2013
Lots of meaty smoked notes brown sugar caramel fresh oak some dank treasonous hops. Orange brown amber pour thin head. Flavors of salty smoke dry sharp woody notes brown sugar floral almost aspirin bitterness more smoked meat and campfire. Big lingering chewy Smokey bitterness. Some alcohol burn notes in finish. Interesting treatment.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joeneugs (5355) - 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 (5658) - 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 (698) - Howell, 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.

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