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RATINGS: 415   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
baraciisch (2300) - California, 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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
wlajwl (4613) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAR 18, 2013
Aroma is smoked malts, fruit and a small vinous hint. The flavor is smoked malts, fruits, a hint of dark fruit/vinous and a warming finish. Was not disappointed with this, great barley wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
DavidWoodruff (433) - Windsor, California, USA - MAR 17, 2013
Appearance: Mahogany with a Jersey cream head. Aroma: Smoke and sweet malt Flavor: Smoke and malt with a lot of bittering hops. Palate: Full bodied Overall: A barleywine is the perfect foil for smoked malts - however the excessively long bitter finish takes away from otherwise wonderful balance of flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mora2000 (5931) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAR 17, 2013
Pours a reddish-brown color with a off-white head. The aroma has some oak and light charred notes on it, but there is also the big alcoholic sweetness I associate with regular Old Guardian. The flavor is about the same. I get some oak and smoke notes, with the smoke coming through more as the beer warms. There is also some dark fruit, caramel malt and alcohol in the flavor. Medium to thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (5633) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - MAR 17, 2013
Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate smoke, caramel, toffee, citrus, and a hint of chocolate. It pours transparent amber with some very fine sediment floating around. It has a small off-white head that quickly fades to a thin film outlined by a slightly thicker soapy ring. There is some dotted lacing left on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with caramel, toffee, and light fruit. There is a nice smokey backbone. The finish has moderate citrus notes with grapefruit bitterness. It’s medium-full bodied with light-moderate carbonation and a somewhat sticky mouthfeel. Overall, while my rating for the regular version says otherwise (there’s no beer that I can think of that needs a re-rate more), I’ve really disliked Old Guardian for quite a few years now. I was pleasantly surprised by this version.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (5568) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAR 17, 2013
Bottle - 2013 Odd Year Release. Lovely ruddy amber pour with a tall, foamy tan head. Aroma is smoky and sweet with lots of smoked malt, processed meats, caramel notes and dark fruit. The flavor profile is bitter up front from the hops but twisted due to the smoked malts. There’s also lots of caramel, citrus notes, pine, faint brown sugar and dark fruit. Body is medium-full with a dense carbonation and is rather chewy and sticky. Mild warmth as well. Ends with more hop bitterness, softer smokiness, caramel, notes of brown sugar, soft booze, light wood and citrus.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
adrian910ss (2421) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bleeng (1579) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
notalush (5351) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ccex (1074) - 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.

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