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RATINGS: 406   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 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
dukeredhair (242) - California, USA - MAR 4, 2013
Pours ruby red and clear, with a rough pour a good head and lacing. Aroma is initially smoke and oak then as it warms it takes on a cherry hint with grassy hops. Taste is bitter for a barleywine and follows arom in nuance. palate is a bit thin but not out of style. overall itís an interesting experiment and Iíd bet it ages well. but right now itís a bit all over the place.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arminjewell (7271) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 3, 2013
Pour out of 22 oz bottle, deep, clear ruby red pour with thin slightly off white head, aroma brought notes of smoke, hints of earth, caramel, toffee, slight oak tannins in there, touch of spicy yeast and phenolic notes from the yeast, hints of grass and grainy notes as well. Taste is a mix of dark fruits, oak, smoky bacon notes, caramel, sweet fruits, hints of spicy Belgian yeast notes with a touch of phenols, nice touch of earth, slight booze/warming, finishing very bitter, slightly dry, slightly sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badlizard (5535) - 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 (3436) - 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 (4438) - 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 (3733) - 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 (4185) - 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 (11906) - 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.

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