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RATINGS: 435   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blutt59 (6504) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 23, 2013
Bottled, orange color with thin wisp of foam, aroma is fatty pancetta, flavor is malty with some strong hoppy bitterness, not much smoke , sweet bitter finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
smith4498 (3552) - Miami, Florida, USA - MAR 23, 2013
Pours clear copper color with off white head. Moderate smoked malt aroma with caramel and some alcohol. Sweet caramel flavor with some smokiness and slightly boozy. Full body with minimal carbonation and a syrupy mouthfeel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
geologyguy (1331) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - MAR 23, 2013
Smells a little bit like bacon, taste like a lot of bacon too, but too much hops...wish it was a tad more malty...hops kill it :(

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (11513) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 22, 2013
Sample at the Blarney Wine tasting on 03/16/2013: This brew pours a clear ruddy amber color with a medium foamy beige head that recedes steadily. Stringy lacing. Aroma of smoked malt, fruit and caramel. Full-bodied with flavors of smoked meat, peaty malt and fruit. The finish is smoky with a charred oak aftertaste. Above average overall.

   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 (1825) - 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 (778) - 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 (1697) - 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 (1066) - 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.

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