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RATINGS: 393   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, 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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mabel (5762) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 2, 2014
[5217-20130412] 1pt6fL bottle. Oaky wood plastic aroma. Clear, golden amber body with a medium-lasting foamy off-white head. Smoky sweet wood malt flavour has a long bitter aftertaste. Medium-full body. Harsh, bitter, likeable. (7/4/6+/3/13) 3.3
Overheard: "It’s the Friday after Turkey Day..." "Yeah, I’m already bored."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pdx77 (1367) - Oregon, USA - MAR 1, 2014
On draught at Lucky Labrador for the 17th Annual Barleywine and Big Beer Festival. 2013 vintage. Dark amber color. Sweet oak barbeque, citrus hop, and caramel. Taste is campfire smoke, sweet BBQ, tart citrus hop, sweet malt. Finishes with a sweet campfire finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mikeyo1 (202) - Linköping, SWEDEN - FEB 28, 2014
Bottle @ home. Pours clear amber, two finger white head with small bubbles. Sweet aroma of caramel, toffee, somewhat vinous raisins and a subtle and well balanced oak smoke note. Flavor is sweet of caramel, some toffee and quite a lot of smoke. Some vanilla. Aftertaste is drier of oak, dry figs, raisins, some ash, some higher alcohols and a diminishing caramel/toffee body. It is a bit edgy and will probably taste even better as it ages . It finishes with a long lasting big bitterness that has citrus, nut and wood character. Big mouth feel initially with low soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CardsFan25 (61) - - FEB 17, 2014
Smoke and carmelized brown sugar on the nose. Amber pour with an inch of light tan head. Light smoke up front, carmel, and malt. Mild smoke finish that hangs around without destroying your palate for the rest of the night.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
reberiii (329) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 17, 2014
Slightly clouded orange pour from bomber (’13). I tasted just the foam first, and it had a tremendous amount of smoke. However, as I actually drank the brew, the smoke was not obnoxious, and the barleywine was not too sweet. Maybe not as complex as other barleywines, it still speaks of quality and easy drinking. Flavor notes of dark sugar and bitter smoke. As it warms, it smells more of sweet than smoke.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
panacea (74) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - FEB 15, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2014 Pours bright with white head. Aroma is raisins and british hops. Taste is sweet, dried fruit and hops. Decent body. Very nice beer but not my favorite kind of barley wine, need more sweetness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
rougeau13 (2002) - Richmond, Texas, USA - FEB 9, 2014
Lightly hazy copper with a beige head. Aroma of caramel, smoke, wood, raisins, and pine. The taste is sweet, woody and smokey with moderate bitterness. Pretty full bodied with low carbonation and some dryness. Lovely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Blairgus (2607) - California, USA - FEB 7, 2014
Amber, clear, some sediment. Nose is cereal malt and some raisins. Moderate alcohol, nutty, cereal malt. Decent. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (7811) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 5, 2014
My Bottom Line:
Smoked malts, caramelized depths and resinous hops join forces in this powerfully delicious Barley Wine.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slice of foam covers the misty dark amber.
-Alcohol heats up the finish, but is met by smoke, oak and hop bitterness.
-The hops make a surprise appearance in the finish; the nose had not let on to them at all.
-The oak smoke character is captivating.


   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BillWyce (723) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2014
From notes: Poured clear orangey-amber, with a 2-finger bone-colored head. Aroma of wood smoke with some sweet malt beneath. Full body with a syrupy thickness that lingers in the finish. Flavor of sweet caramel malt, with a touch of wood giving way to the smoke in the finish.

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