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RATINGS: 420   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rollsrace (75) - - AUG 30, 2014
Tasted on 11/15/2013. Got 1 pint for $8.31. It had a red brown color. Like cinder bock, but with more of a bitter finish. Can taste the alcohol, the smoke isn’t overpowering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Philym (1003) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - AUG 14, 2014
Appearance: Clear ruby with finger thick beige head. Aroma: Resinous, citrus, slight woodiness, treacle/golden syrup, fruit cake. Taste: Medium sweet and bitterness with low sourness. Palate: Thick grainy texture and body, average carbonation, lingering fairly dry, bitter sweet, slightly smoky, treacle like, malty, fruit cake finish. Comments: Very good and lace.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hoppsan (151) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 12, 2014
65 cl bottle. Pours a beautiful amber with medium head. Bourbon, sultanas, vanilla and oak in aroma. Similar taste notes, perhaps some subtle hickory/smoke. Very nice! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Andresvendsen (199) - - AUG 5, 2014
Verkligen en öl i min smak. Fin färg. Fint skumt. Snygg och stor flaska. Prisvärd. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MadRobin (2541) - Silver Spring, USA - JUL 21, 2014
On tap at the Capital Ale House in Fredericksburg, VA. Opaque, near black with a tan head and excellent lacing. Aroma of caramel, strawberry jam, roasted malt, oak, black raspberry and mild smokiness. Taste of licorice, berries, caramel, roasted malt, dark fruit, charcoal, heirloom tomatoes, oak and more licorice at the finish. The alcohol is very well hidden. Medium/full body and medium/high carbonation. A nice, complex malty barleywine that borders on an imperial stout. Both the oak and the smoke come though smoothly without muddying the other flavors. On the other hand, the alcohol stays very well hidden. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thomas15 (689) - Alabama, USA - JUL 17, 2014
Aroma of caramel malt oak smoke, reminds me of smoked meat. Dark bronze ample tan head. Taste is smooth combination of malt old hops and some faint smoke. The balance is incredible. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth. I unexpectedly find this top notch.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pumpmaster (1298) - Pembroke Pines, Florida, USA - JUL 17, 2014
22 ounce bottle purchased at Total Wine Pembroke Pines, FL for $7.99 Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tderoeck (7232) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 16, 2014
4/VII/14 - 1Pt. 6Fl. Oz. bottle @ home - BB: n/a, 2013 vintage (2014-705) Thanks to Sebletitje for sharing the bottle!

Clear dark red to purple beer, big creamy yellow to beige head, adhesive, leaving a nice lacing in the glass. Aroma: bit soapy, sweet malts, caramel, strawberry jam, floral, quite some chlorine? MF: ok carbon, medium to full body. Taste: sweet start, caramel, sugary, some alcohol, bit of vanilla, pretty bitter hops, red fruits jam. Aftertaste: bit sour, vanilla notes, bit woody, very bitter, dry, some caramel, tannins, bone dry ending.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
cernjoh (181) - Ohio, USA - JUL 15, 2014
A 2013 bottle poured into snifter. Aroma is very weak nothing really pops out other than my nose getting wet trying to smell this :). Appearance is a clear dark amber with a creamy light tan head that dissipates slowly to a small foam covering. Taste is ... well it sweet but not overly, has a slight smoke presence, but an overwhelming bitterness. If you like bitter beers you will love this. I am ok with bitter but not so much that it lasts for minutes after your finished tasting it. I find that to be a characteristic of Stone beers in general. The palate is very nice, kind of creamy. Overall while i had this many times it was not because I went out of my way to try tbis. Perhaps bad luck. I would not buy this. Then again if you love a a very bitter American Barleywine this is for you. Cheers

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
fitwitchik (433) - Ohio, USA - JUL 15, 2014
Have had this 2x and now finally rating it. Poured from a 2013 bomber into a snifter dark amber with a stiff tan head. Aroma is flat out smoked bandaid. Flavor is overly sweet some oak lotsa brown sugar if you want Belgianized this brew is NOT it. SInce I didn’t care for The Perfect Crime I am biased but honest. My palate doesn’t dig this style at all. Stone has done so many other brews better.

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