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RATINGS: 403   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badlizard (5537) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAR 3, 2013
On tap. Dark amber red with a creamy off white head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, oak, smoke, and light vanilla. Tastes of caramel, molasses, and citrus up front followed by tastes of leather and tobacco and finishing with smoke and oak notes. Thick creamy full bodied palate. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DYCSoccer17 (3355) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 3, 2013
22 ounce bottle purchased at The Davis Beer Shoppe. The aroma on this is really nice with a good amount of smoked maltiness. Light underlying vinousness, but the smoke dominates. Transparent orange-amber body with a strong, bubbly yellowish head that produces great lacing. Starts with a light malted caramel sweetness, before some smoke comes in pretty strongly in the middle Light vanilla oakiness is also present. Finishes with a warming, lightly herbal hopped, ethanol flavor. Pretty good stuff. Could probably use some time, and that might fade the smokiness, though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
dmac (4206) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAR 3, 2013
22oa bomber of disapointment. Poured a rather good looking syrupy ruby brown body under a dense creamy light beige head. Aroma is way too smoky. Lots of campfire with some underlying caramel and molasses sweetness. The body is super smoky with a medium mouthfeel and average to stronger carbonation that finishes hot and dry. Flavor is all smoke with a touch of smoked fish and earth. Didnít really like this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cybercat (3497) - Georgia, USA - MAR 3, 2013
Comes out of the tap a beautiful clear mahogany with a very thick, fine-bubbled and persistent wheat head that leaves some generous lacing. Aroma is none too strong, but intrigues with notes of malt, oak and - is that horehound? Robust flavor has oak, horehound, caramel and smoky tones - and an appreciable alcohol bite and just a whisper of sweetness. Smooth texture has firm fizz and body, and leaves an oaky, syrupy finish. Enjoy - but donít get too smoked. ;)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
boFNjackson (4171) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 3, 2013
Tap @ Stone... Poured brownish with a moderate, light tan head. Nose had malts and a hint of smoke. The smoke wasnít overpowering here, but certainly there and adding to the profile of this beer. Very sweet, and not too bitter to allow the smoke subtleties to shine. Woody, oaky, some dark fruits, and charred grains in the mix.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (11510) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 3, 2013
Bomber at Capital Beerfest 2013. Pours dark amber with no head. Light smoky aroma. Med + body. Flavor is woody, lightly smoky, caramel. Must be some hop, cause itís fairly dryish. Hard decision on the hop.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nyindiansfan (463) - rochester, New York, USA - MAR 3, 2013
Bottle pours darker orange big white head. Smells tastes of malt caramel bitter hops. Some roasty smoke taste. Not that great I love org. But this one just has kind of an off taste. I would not get it again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fritz123 (1123) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - MAR 3, 2013
Draft pour in tulip from Sybarite Pig. Dark orange in color with a haziness. Solid head was off-white and the lacing was solid all the way through. Aroma of lightly smoked wood (kind of like a camp fire a mile away), malts or roasted malts, prunes. Taste was a little less smoky then I thought it would be but the finish lingers a smoked flavor. Also taste of resin, roasted malts, little spice. It did not seem like a 12% on the taste or finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rxeight (1513) - Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2013
Sample from a bomber. Aroma is meat. Cotto salami. Taste is campfire. Too much smoke to even distinguish the barleywine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drowland (6155) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - MAR 2, 2013
3/2/13. Whoa. The ratings are all over the map for this puppy. Letís try my buds. Mostly clear amber red pour with a big beige/khaki head that seems to linger on that last half inch forever and laces a ton. Lots of smoked malt hits the nostrils first for sure. Salty bacon, etc., comes to mind, along with plenty of sweetness which makes it a bit like barbecue. Aside from maybe a touch of vanilla, I canít say the oak screams at my nose. The flavor boasts bold smoke again, lots of smoke, bacon, etc., but with a bolder dose of woody oak, lots of sweetness and dark fruits, and a solid dose of alcohol. Iíd be interested to try this in a year or so when the smoke and alcohol mellow. Not enough to buy another bottle, but just saying.

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