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RATINGS: 370   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 342   ABV: 11.4%
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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 15/20
zvsn (386) - ISRAEL - NOV 27, 2013
Bottle sample at Stone tasting at Beer&Beyond shop. Pours red-brown with a nice beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, caramel and dried dark fruits. Taste - sweet in flavor, roasted malts, smoky, woody, yeasty and alcoholic with bitter finish. Medium-full bodied. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
metalhead0043 (142) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 19, 2013
22 oz for 8 bucks. Pours a thick copper with a small ivory head. Aroma is mainly malts with a floral hop and oak backing. Taste is heavily malty with a oak and hop bitterness at the end. A slight alcohol burn too. Body is quite full with a thick, creamy texture. This might be the best barleywine I have had so far. Easy to drink and very strong. It masks the high ABV well but leaves just enough of it in to let you know it’s there. Highly recommended.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DSG (5022) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - NOV 24, 2013
Bottle sample at a Stone tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Nice deep amber, pretty clear, with tiny floaties and a beige head. Aroma of malt, a bit of smoked sausages, some cookies, caramel and some alcohol. Sweet and alcoholic flavor with malt, caramel, a bit of cookies, some smokiness, a bit meaty, and a bit of wood. Rather full-bodied. Good and heavy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
harrymel (1450) - Spokane, Washington, USA - NOV 18, 2013
Bottled January 2013 Nice toasted amber with a central dome and ring of light tan foam. Smells of rich alcohol, malts, some oak, a good smoke and a little raisin. Flavor is smoke, oak, more oak than in the nose, sweet candied malts, some bitterness and burn. Medium bodied with a tight, higher than usual carb and a nice wet and dry finish. At first this beer was a little aggressive, it’s much better as it warms. I like it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jweiss (15) - Washington, USA - NOV 19, 2013
Not nearly as smokey as I had hoped, still a fine barley wine though. The high abv is well hidden in the thick malt body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
TBone (11932) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 30, 2013
Bottled 0,65l @Beer Hunters
Clear deep ruby color, small off-white head. Rye, alcohol, wood and smoke in the nose. Medium-bodied. Boozy, oak-woody smokeyness, some bitterish hops, but mostly covered by alcohol. Surpisingly alcoholic beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rdixon77 (451) - Georgia, USA - NOV 27, 2013
Nice barley wine but not as smoked as I would have liked. Copper pour with a lot of floaties. The aroma had a heavy malt presence with some vanilla. Taste brought some slight hop bitterness and a little smoke. The booze was there but not in the forefront. Grainy mouthfeel. Pretty good stuff, that I wish could have been great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
UDBeernut (1484) - Near Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 14, 2013
2012 bottle hiding in the back of the fridge. pours slightly tan amber, silky off white head. nose of toast, smoke. taste is balanced with toast, biscuits. light undertone of smoke. body is big, but easy going down the hatch.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fonefan (33332) - VestJylland, DENMARK - DEC 7, 2013

Bottle 22fl.oz.

Light unclear medium to dark amber orange colour with a small, fizzy, fair lacing, fully diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, dried fruit, smoked. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and light heavy bitter with a long duration, oak, bitter - harsh, smoke. Body is medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft, finish feel is moderate alcoholic. [20130913]

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Linnet (1030) - Umeĺ, SWEDEN - NOV 26, 2013
Bottle from Systembolaget. Ar: smokey, malty, jam, prunes, alcohol, fruity, rich, luscious. Ap: copper colour, with red tints, small beige head. T: big bite, lots of smoke, noticable sweetness, slight, slight saltiness, ABV noticable. P: fullbodied, sharp carbonation, bitter, smokey and warming finish. O: Interesting.

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