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RATINGS: 437   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bebum (784) - USA - APR 1, 2015
Dark copper, lacy. Medium body, highly flavored, flat and lean mouthfeel, no heat or carbonation to speak of, long but non-generous palate. Bitter, dry, lacks acidity. Roast and smoky flavors, The concept is more successful than the the product. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - MAR 17, 2015
Bottle: Burnt caramel color with some tawny & orange highlights. Creamy beige foam settles firmly on top. Aroma includes earthy toffee, sticky caramel with a little staleness, herbal hop notes, licorice, & a very light meaty smoke on the back-end. Flavor is more herbal, ashy, & up front with lots of leafy, herbal hops. Faint perfume. Underbody of caramel malts, sweet toffee, toast, mild raisin, & a touch of liforice. Sticky body. Don’t get much smoke or oak in the flavor.. Maybe a very small touch.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
subin (3) - Oakland, California, USA - FEB 14, 2015 does not count
Sweet, liquor flavors, smoke not strong, moderate bitterness, balanced. Overall a compelling barleywine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bookman10 (962) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - JAN 24, 2015
Pours a rather murky reddish-copper, with mid-sized, lasting head. Aroma is largely dominated by the smoke, but some sweet malt notes also detectable. Flavor has the smoke in front, with some sweetness, fruit, caramel, toffee underneath. A very smooth-drinking beer, in which the high alcohol content is well-hidden by the smoke layered on top. Barley wines aren’t my favorite, but this is one of the best I’ve come across.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daleharshman (1045) - Escondido, California, USA - DEC 12, 2014
Bomber purchased at the brewery upon release some 22 months ago ($6.00). Pours a hazy muddy red-brown hue with one finger of beige foam. AROMA of smoky malts, morning bacon, dark toffee, mild hops, and slow burning oak logs in the campfire. FLAVOR of beef jerky, spiced bacon (like in a breakfast burrito), sweet caramel, still notable pine-y hops, molasses, and just a hint of booze. Finishes with some lingering ash and some hop bitterness. The big ABV is well concealed under the campfire and meat flavors, going down surprisingly easy. This differs a whole lot from the base beer -- the hops are much more mellow (the almost two years of aging assist the mellowing) and I am surprised at just how forward all the rauch elements are here. Overall, an interesting variation on the bast beer. (403, 932)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kbudd19 (1000) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 20, 2014
Bottle. Amber red pour with nice white head. Aroma, burnt sugar, sweet malts, and light smoke. Taste is sweet up front, the middle is rich with bitter hops and smoke, finish is bitter with some booze from the heat. Aftertaste is bitter with some lingering heat, very sold.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JStax (5463) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - NOV 15, 2014
22 ounce bottle poured into a teku. Pours a clear amber with a beige head of foam. The aroma is bitter smoke, honey, wood. The taste is sweet honey and oak, then finishes a touch bitter. Big body. Medium carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ROGUE (2200) - Lewes, Delaware, USA - NOV 13, 2014
22oz bottle. Pours a dark amber orange color with a half inch whitish head, and big sheets of lacing. Smells like oak, caramel, smoke, tobacco, pine, and citrus hops. Taste is piney and citrusy hops with an underlying smokiness and caramel sweetness, fairly resinous. Finish is smoke, oily piney hops and caramel sweetness. Fairly heavy on the palate with soft carbonation and a drying finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bytemesis (6945) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - NOV 11, 2014
Bottle. Pours hazy reddish hazel, large creamy beige head, dissipates slowly, nice lacing. ARoma is light overall, some dark sugars but nothing special. Flavor is light sweet, medium bitter, smoky but not overpowering. Toffee, some pine. Medium body, high carbonation, some acidity from the smoke or oak, not sure. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
GarrettB (1474) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 31, 2014
March 21st, 2013 - Here’s my favorite Stone beer to date, hands down. Stone has an iconic flavor and brand, but I tend to favor their brews as back-ups when other beers aren’t available. The Oak-Smoked Old Guardian appears much like the non-smoking Old Guardian, a deep and murky auburn soup with a pillowy cap. The smell hits me in the fake like an oak door, leaving vapor trails of piñon wood, cinnamon, yeast, cinnamon bark. and the indelible smell of camp fires and beef jerky. The flavor is much the same, with a thorny, spiky palate and a heavy dose of booze. It’s sweet, too, with lots of sharp woody flavors and even a touch of brandy. Deep, sultry, sweet and sharp all at once, add in some clove, all spice, cinnamon and molasses and you get a brew that makes your eyebrows sizzle and smoke.

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