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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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
stevencon (509) - 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 (2939) - 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 doesn’t 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 (2186) - 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 (1315) - 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. It’s not too terribly pungent, but pungent enough, so that I’m 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 don’t 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 one’s palate. Definitely an unmistakable barley-wine.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (15853) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 5, 2013
Draft courtesy of craftycarl21, thank you sir! Clear golden color, fluffy white head. Aroma of subtle smouldering straw and stone fruit. Taste is meaty with a softly burning edge, thick and heavy mouthfeel. Interesting, almost chewy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 5, 2013
The pour is a clear blood red color with a moderate, beige, pillowy head which settles to a thin, lasting, froth and leaves similar lace. The nose is predominantly the smoked malt note, very earthy, not overly smoked but masking the other notes; candied raisins, light cherry, molasses, perfumey, and slight citrus. The flavor still hides the malt and hop notes but seems a bit more balanced; candied fruits (raisins, apricots), slight toasty caramel, very oaky, very resinous, still similar smoke, and still very earthy. The palate is quite dry, medium to full, and soft to lively. The finish is mostly bitter with dry oak, resins and earth all over, and the smoke lingering. Not sure where to go with this one... Smoked beers are not really my thing but this one really wasn’t overly smoky; however, the smoke and oak notes really mask the base beer. Not that OG is even one of my favorite BW’s or Stone beers for that matter, but this one was fairly simple and straightforward for a 12% BW. Ehh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (6686) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAR 4, 2013
Draft at sb. Pours a crystal clear medium amber with a dense and rocky tan head. Lots of lace. Sweet bacony nose, light peppery esters woven in. Creamy thick body, sluggish carb. Bacon, toast, and spicy notes on the mid palate. Long dryish finish. Interesting stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAR 4, 2013
22oz bottle, courtesy of the brewery. Thanks! Pours a deep, dark amber color with high clarity; modest light-tan head with patchy lacing. Lots of vanilla- and oak-laced smoke in the aroma; maybe even some cotton candy esters; the smoke is of the soft and pillowy sort, if a bit burnt around the edges. Medium-full body; moderate, fine-bubbled carbonation; with the bitterness and smoke combined, this is a bit assaultive of the palate; plenty of citrusy, juicy hops at the tip of the tongue, along with plenty of bubble gum, plump vanilla, and the soft wooden character of bright oak; a meaty, robust beer with plenty of heft in the mouth; quite nice, if the oak character is a bit too forward throughout. The mid-palate on is that emphatic smoked oak. Lasting finish of smoky vanillins and light char; some lingering hop bitterness as well.

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