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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, 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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - APR 7, 2013
Rated 3/21/13. 22 oz bottle poured into a cute little snifter. A: Pours a beautiful looking rusty copper color. The head is a two finger light yellow shade. Iím really impressed by the headís retention considering how big it is. S: This is one that needs to open up. At first, the smell is almost too minute in most aspects. Soon afterwards, waves of light smoke, caramel malts, dark fruit sweetness, and resiny hops hit the nose. As likable as the aromatic qualities are, theyíre still too weak for me. T: There is a decent amount of stuff going on in this. For a brief second, the initial flavor consists of caramel, brown sugar, and fruity sweetness...then the one-two punch of hops and smoke take over, with an earthy/boozy aftertaste. Hoppiness in this one is moderately restrained - only problem is, it really clashes with the phenolic, smoky qualities to create an undesirable harshness. On the plus side, thereís some decent depth and reasonably concealed alcohol. Beyond the lack of balance, dare I say it comes across as mundane? M: Relatively full bodied like I expected. A fairly dry and tannic barleywine, as well, with carbonation that stays out of the way. I find no real problems with the mouthfeel. O: For the record, I enjoyed last yearís Old Guardian quite a bit - and I imagine this one would have been similarly enjoyable without the smoked influence. As I sip it, my enjoyment of this beer seems to be wavering up and down, from "no sir I donít like it" to "hey itís pretty okay" to "welp, Iím gonna cork this up and use the remainder in a pot of pulled chicken/pork", before fully settling at "meh, total cooking adjunct material." All in all, not really a poor beer, just a poor idea.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (1580) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 13, 2014
"A beautiful beer to look at. Cold, the smoke is nearly undetectable in the aroma, as is the usual hoppiness of the base beer. The smoke comes out as it warms, though it was present in the flavor right from the get go. I miss the hops but the malt carmel backbone of this huge beer combined with the smoke is really nice, as is the oak presence. Dare I say itís a little harsh at room temp, but damn, it IS 11.4%. One of my favorite american smoked beers."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
kevinator (909) - The Colony, Texas, USA - SEP 6, 2014
Fairly well-rounded beer. Oak, smoke and hops are the aroma. Cloudy brandy color with a thin head. It looks heavy. This was an older bottle so there was a decent amount of sediment. Medium weight palate with strong carbonation. Smooth. Big flavors as to be expected with most Stone products. Bitterness up front with a sweetness from toffee and oak. Smokiness was subtle and at the end. A big beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kevin (2078) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 5, 2014
remember drinking this at freshcraft a while back, well not really remember, but i recall it on the menu, eating an awesome steak with a sherry peppercorn sauce...then something about brown bags... then something about leopold brothers... then something about somebody going in the wrong bathroom...then something about we have to leave and stating fuck yíall i did nothing wrong iím going to sip a barleywinre and you drunk ass fucks get leave if you canít behave. so not much about the beer- but i do recall my feet hurt after i woke up the next day and when i checked back a few days later they said our bill was paid and there were no hard feelings. So on to the beer. found this in a local bottle shop tonight. pour is a murky maroon. minimal yellow white head. smells faintly of smoke and a bit of vanilla and paint thinner. flavor is nice sweet with a lingering smoke. apricot, strawberry, brisket, and pine. that is a good combination somehow. the high alcohol is very evident with each sip and sniff. i like it. takes some of the candy note out of a fresh old guardian and dulls the hops just enough.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rollsrace (59) - - 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 isnít overpowering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Philym (999) - 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 (149) - 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 (1932) - 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 (685) - 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 (1130) - Pembroke Pines, Florida, USA - JUL 17, 2014
22 ounce bottle purchased at Total Wine Pembroke Pines, FL for $7.99 Very good.

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