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RATINGS: 409   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 342   ABV: 11.4%
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Whether you are writing the correct year by now or not, itís officially 2013. That means a new Stone Brewing Co. Odd Beer for Odd Years release. The first time around, Old Guardian was ďBelgianizedĒ. This year is a oak smoked edition. This beer makes uses of the same smoked malt used in recent collaboration The Perfect Crime.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DeliveryDriver (170) - Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2013
Pours a dark reddish brown color with minimal head. Iím only getting aromas of alcohol and woodiness. Very bitter, with a bit of woodiness. I think this beer is meant to age.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
msante79 (2212) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2013
Bomber from Binnyís. Pours clear copper with small white head. Aroma is dominated by smoked malt, some caramel, citrus hops, and booze. Flavor of smokey malts, toffee/caramel sweetness, bitter hops, little bit of a fruit note, and fair amount of heat from ABV. Kind of messy. Not horrible, but not great either. Amazing Stone can make a beer this big for only $6.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnGalt1 (697) - , Idaho, USA - MAR 6, 2013
Picked one of these up at the COOP tonight for $6ish... clear deep amber brew with a long lasting tannish head... good lacing with a firm cap. The nose is Old Guardian with a little bit of campfire thrown in.... caramel and lesser toasty malt with plenty of pungent hops with the smoke sorta complimenting the sweetness in the aroma. The flavors mirror the nose with a more pervasive smokiness... standard big bitterness that lingers mid palate through the finish... caramel malts are also very present, a bit of nuttiness also shows up. Thick and coating on the palate allows the finish to linger forever.. Not sure that I dig this one... I think the bitterness and heavy hop hand clash with the smoked malt.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tortman18 (174) - Batavia, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2014 22oz. bottle. Pours a dark ruby/amber color with minimal head. Leaves a decent amount of lacing. Has a strong boozy aroma that is very overpowering. I donít get any other aromas. Flavor is very bitter with a strong earthy/woody/floral taste. I canít detect any sweetness like other barley wines. Hops play a significant role here. Overall an average beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
stevencon (501) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - MAR 6, 2013
Thanks kantrauch! Clear amber red with visible bubbles white head. Smokey campfire aroma grain and wood. Boozy smokey taste. Dry hoppy finish. Red fruit mid palate. A bit warm and may need time but good flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbruner (2826) - Athens, Georgia, USA - MAR 6, 2013
Bottle thanks to Kant rauch! Pours a clear copper brown from with thin ring of off-white, lacy head that doesnít really stick. Aroma of vanilla oak bacon campfire. Taste is mostly the smoke, and a boozy burn on the way down. I think this may need to sit for a while.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fidelis83 (2120) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - MAR 5, 2013
Clear mahogany pour with a 1 finger, creamy, beige head that has decent retention and leaves hints of lacing. Aroma has lots of sweet caramel, plum heavy dark fruit, maple, woody honey, campfire smoke, old wet campfire site, hints of sweet citrus and pine. The flavor is very interesting, it reminds me alot of my barbecue, presumably because I use lots of oak. Tons of unmistakeable oak smoke, with its own charred briney bitterness, sweet caramel, toffee, toasted oat-heavy granola, plums, hints of woody vanilla, pine and light bitter citrus. Medium body with a sticky, but oily, boozy slickness to the entry, light, but somewhat sharp carbonation and dry smoky finish. A very fun, tasty beer, that I will definitely buy more of, some to drink and definitely some to cook with. It might be a little to hoppy for many applications but the smoke profile will be fantastic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 5, 2013
A - Hazy copper-brown color with a finger of frothy tan-khaki head. Fades at a normal pace. S - Sweet caramel malts, oak,vanilla, smoke, grapefruit, citrus, pine hops, some booze. T - Sweet caramel malts, vanilla, oak, smoke, grapefruit, citrus, pine, grassy hops, good resiny bitterness, some booze. M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sweet, smokey, bitter, and warming finish, D - Great smoked barleywine. The overall balance is really great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CheersMate (1312) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - MAR 5, 2013
22 oz. bottle from Beaumont Market, here in Portland. Hazy, copper appearance. Bits of smoke, smoked meats, leather, and oak provide a wonderful aroma. Itís not too terribly pungent, but pungent enough, so that Iím able to distinguish the aforementioned aromas. Meaty, at first, followed by some oak, but then the malty sweetness kicks in, and melds somewhat well with the former flavors. A bit off-kilter, and taking me into two, what I consider, different directions. Lots of alcohol on the tongue. It is well-hidden, at first, but it is definitely noticeable, to the point of being excruciatingly drawn-out at the end. This caustic alcohol, and bitter flavor just on the back of my tongue, and do absolutely nothing for me. I donít know what it is, but the alcohol and bitterness seem to be drowning out the oak-smoked portion of this beer. Decent stuff, and respectively slick on the tongue.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 18/20
arojewski (51) - Old Bridge, New Jersey, USA - MAR 5, 2013
Pours a deep honey brown with tints of red. Nice smoked aroma, which belies the bite waiting for oneís palate. Definitely an unmistakable barley-wine.

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