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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 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beaver (1469) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 9, 2013
22 oz bottle. Pours hazy copper red with a big creamy light tan head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is a bit subdued - some peaty smoke with sweet caramel malts in the background.

The flavor is sweet caramel malts and dark fruits with a big bitter smoke finish. The alcohol is noticeable in the finish too. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation and is a bit watery.

Overall, the smoke is interesting, but the beer is a bit watery with a lot of harsh bitter alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PorterPounder (6284) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 9, 2013
Tallahassee, Fl - Market Square Liquors - 22 oz bomber. Pours a sparkling medium copper with a soft off-white head that leaves a light trail of lacing. Aroma has some smoked sausage notes, a touch of a freshly opened box of band-aids. Flavor has a nice meaty presence with some hints of sausage and beef jerky. Some prunes and dates twirl around in the back end, a slight touch of brandy. Thickish, belly warming mouthfeel. Pretty solid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwalking05 (4217) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 9, 2013
Copper in color with a good sized off-white head. Aroma is soft smoke, leather, and spicy hops. Taste is caramel, spicy hops, light leather, smoke, and earth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
travita (4430) - Frisco, Texas, USA - MAR 8, 2013
Bottle. The look is clear, ok tan colored head, orange to red in color. The smell is malts, fruits, smoke, toffee, and alcohol. The taste is smoke, ashy, fruit, caramel, and burnt malts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brouwerij (957) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 7, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2013 Bottle. Pours a clear red with a finger of fine light tan head. Decent retention and some thin lacing. Aroma is smoky, oak, and bacon. Flavor is smoky and oak up front fading into a mildly bitter hop finish. Oak smokiness is nice, smooth and sweet. Soft carbonation, medium body, and smooth texture. A nice barleywine with a nice smoky character. Nothing spectacular or out of the ordinary but a smooth, smoky barleywine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocLock (8593) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 7, 2013
Bombers from Capone’s and Smith’s. Pours turbid dark fresh penny color with 2-finger frothy white head. Nose is rauchy caramel malt, hops, fruit. Tastes rauchy, a bit cloying, with a lot of smoked caramel malt flavor, sweet honey notes, and some fruity finishing notes.

   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. I’m 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 (2216) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2013
Bomber from Binny’s. 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 (829) - , 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 don’t get any other aromas. Flavor is very bitter with a strong earthy/woody/floral taste. I can’t detect any sweetness like other barley wines. Hops play a significant role here. Overall an average beer.

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