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RATINGS: 379   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dansac (89) - Loa Angeles, USA - JAN 2, 2014
Delicious. Smoke, oak. Heavy malts, sweet on the pallate, but dry finish. Hops. Just a really nice, big American Barleywine, accentuated by the smoke and oak. Amazingly priced too! Good job, Stone.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
circinus (197) - SWEDEN - DEC 31, 2013
Bottle 65 cl from Systembolaget. Clear amber with a thin beige head. Peat, syrup, smoke, malty sweetness, some hoppy and bitter components. Full/medium body, low carbonation, bitter finish. Nice, but I like the original better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ericular (555) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2013
Aroma is sweet and rich. Taste is much different with lots of meat and smoke. Iím not a fan of smoked beers in general, but at least it was hidden in the aroma. Looks great in the glass though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DCLawyer (1358) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - DEC 30, 2013
Bomber->snifter. Dark amber with small lite tan head. Caramel malt, oak, toast, smoke, vanilla. Bittersweet and a bit boozy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Prufrockstar (794) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 29, 2013
Bottle, picked up because odd beers for odd years sounded cool in a mad fit of bottle-shopping. Consumed next to the non-smoked Old Guardian. Aroma/taste is pretty much straight band-aid. Must be something Iím sensitive to, because it really ruins a beer for me -- 4 oz was about 3.5 oz too much for me, honestly. Completely overwhelms whatever else may be under there, and tastes/feels entirely like drinking the bandages of a of a burn victim.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jefcon (1354) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - DEC 29, 2013
A great success of a beer. Great whiskey notes of vanilla, oak, straw and peat. A little short and hot on the palate, thanks to the high degree of alcohol. Still, the palate is enriched by the smoked malts, delicate hopping, and resulting pine, citrus, smoke and whiskey combination.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
talionis (5) - Pflugerville, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2013 does not count
2013 release. Found this in a Pflugerville TX package store that had changed hands; bought in Oct 2013 and now drinking 12-21-2013; Smoke is prominent as is the caramel and butterscotch. Some clove but no vanilla characteristic of bourbon barrels aged ales. Not a big barley wine fan so take that into consideration. Glad to have tried it but wonít be buying more.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
minihame2 (177) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 21, 2013
Viscous feel even when pouring. Dark brown, hazy body and minimal tan head. Faint aroma with some malts and a little bit of smoke. Soft mouthfeel and little carbonation. Taste is a little bit bitter. Smoke is barely recognizable. Itís a little bit odd because this beer feels a lot more like a double IPA than a barley wine to me. The non-smoked old guardian is one of my all time favourites and I donít recall it being anything like this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BelgianBeerGal (3102) - Panama City, Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2013
Phoenix bottle. Bronze color with a nice foamy, khaki head. Aroma is sweet caramel malt and peaty smoke. Bold flavor that starts with a nice American style barley wine (more hops) and finishes with some nice, mellow smoke. Lingering bitterness. Pretty tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fonefan (34188) - 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]

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