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RATINGS: 388   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.

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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. I’m really impressed by the head’s 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, they’re 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, there’s 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 year’s 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 don’t like it" to "hey it’s pretty okay" to "welp, I’m 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hoppsan (142) - 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 (194) - - 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 (1899) - 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 (683) - 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 (1124) - 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 (4554) - 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 (116) - 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 (292) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fishonmyplane (424) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - JUL 12, 2014
I’m not normally a big barleywine fan, but apparently they are the perfect showcase for smoked malt - who knew?? This one seems less boozy than most barleywines, with a strong smokey flavor throughout. Hops are minimal. Caramel malt provides balance. Just great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (6641) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JUL 6, 2014
Bouteille 66cl de Ibrew2or3, thanks Dave. Anno 2013. Acajou, léger trouble sur un col épais crémeux blanc cassé. Arôme est légèrement fumé, boisé sur un rétro de chêne qui l’emporte un peu sur le fumé. Houblonné reste, quant à lui, bien présent. Palais donne de suite la ton avec pas mal d’alcool. Malté pas en reste, léger grillé, fumé moyen sur un agréable boisé qui reste néanmoins en retrait. Houblon ajoute une brève amertume ainsi qu’un fruité rappelant le pamplemousse. Fini sec, presque terreux, collant aux lèvres avec le sucre résiduel. Ok, mais je m’attendais à plus.

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