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RATINGS: 394   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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3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
b33r (673) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - APR 8, 2013
Dark amber color with small cream head and messy oily lacing. Aroma and flavor have rich caramel malts and a deep smokiness with a nice bitter finish. Smooth now but might be better in a couple years.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Darkmagus82 (1414) - - SEP 19, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 8-4-13- Served on tap in a chalice glass Appearance – The beer is served a murky and hazy golden bronze color with a small white head. The head fades quite fast, but leaves a fantastic level of lace on the sides of the glass. Smell – The aroma is sweet and smoky. The sweet is a mix of lighter fruity aromas of citrus and banana as well as a sweet caramel and sweet bready smell. Along these aromas is a whole lot of a smoky smell. The smoke brings with it some smells of bacon and a decent showing of an oaky smell. Along with these smells is a little bit of an earthy and pine smell rounding out the aroma quite nicely. Taste – The taste begins with a sweetness of lighter fruits and a nice bready and biscuit base. Upfront the smoke is already present with it growing stronger and stronger in nature as the flavor advances. While the smoke grows stronger, some notes of oak develop more toward the middle of the taste being joined by some flavors of alcohol and caramel as well. In the end, notes of pine and earthy hops arrive on the scene as the alcohol and smoke flavors become quite a bit stronger in nature. These flavors when all combined leave a lightly bitter sweet and oaky smoke flavor to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is very thick and chewy with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. The thick and chewy body are great for all the sweet, boozy, smoky and oaky flavors of the brew making this one a rather slow sipper as it should be. Overall – A slow sipping, moderately sweet but smoky, oaky and nicely bittered barleywine. A nice brew to sit down and sip from time to time.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (3443) - 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 it’s a little harsh at room temp, but damn, it IS 11.4%. One of my favorite american smoked beers."

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
kevinator (945) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kevin (2085) - 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 y’all i did nothing wrong i’m going to sip a barleywinre and you drunk ass fucks get leave if you can’t 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rollsrace (60) - - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Philym (1004) - 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.

4.2
   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

3.2
   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

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MadRobin (1963) - 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

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thomas15 (686) - 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.


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