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RATINGS: 419   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheGB (573) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 19, 2013
On tap at Beer Run. Light aroma of caramel, malt and some smoke. Taste is nicely balanced with a great balance of sweet, hops and smoke. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAR 19, 2013
22oz bomber. Quick rate, will update later. Tastes and smells like Old Guardian, but with moderate beechwood smoked malt. I know is says oak, but I can’t tell the difference of the two, though I can pick out cherrywood (just brewed with it last week), which isn’t here. Flavor follows suit, being the grainy and alcoholic boring beer I remember, but again, with way more bitterness that I’d want. Finishes bone dry. Suffers the same problem as Alesmith Decadence’s Smoked Maple Barley Wine--beers like that shouldn’t have that kind of bitterness, would fit better in the English style barley wine. But then again, I’m just one idiot. Grain, alcohol, smoke, bitterness, but not unenjoyable, as a fan a smoke. The end.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SudsMcDuff (7259) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 19, 2013
very good beer, smoke level is solid, very much an acrid after bbq smoke on your shirt kinda smoke .. i’d have this a lot if i could .. .

What are ya some kind of space lawyer?

As a matter of fact I am.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
neuromatt (1225) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 19, 2013
22 oz bottle from the Best Damn Beer Shop in San Diego, served in a snifter. Pours clear copper with a small tan head that mostly remains and leaves a small amount of lace. The nose is hickory smoky with subtle notes of caramel and roasty malts. The flavour is moderately bitter with huge smoky malts and a big resinous-piny note. Secondary notes are caramelly malty. The finish is long and hoppy with west coast hops combined with malts and smoke that doesn't overpower. On the palate it is full in body with a dryish texture and soft carbonation. Overall this is a decent smoky barley wine. The smoke is well balanced by big hops and barley wine notes. A surprising hit despite huge smoke. 2013-03-18

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
baraciisch (2462) - 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 (4924) - 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 (6100) - 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 (6016) - 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 (5686) - 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.

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