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RATINGS: 438   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 342   ABV: 11.4%
Whether you are writing the correct year by now or not, its 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
oneeighthcuban (106) - - MAY 11, 2013
Smell is more oakey than smokey. Taste is very boozy and smokey. I think this would be a great one to age so the flavors meld together more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (13580) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 11, 2013
22oz bottle. Medium beige head atop clear copper body. Aroma is moderately sweet, smoked wood, caramel, light alcohol, grapefruit. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, smoked wood, some grapefruit, light alcohol. Smooth medium-full body, some stickiness.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gregwilsonstl (2248) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 11, 2013
Smells like oak. Light brown. Tons of oak. Lightly smoked. Easy to drink for a barleywine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Darwenus (980) - Virginia, USA - MAY 10, 2013
I dont like Stones Oak Smoked Old Guardian as much as I like the original version of the brew, and its not my favorite Stone beverage. Its rust colored and slightly foamy, like the original barley wine, but the smell isnt as good. The boozy, citrus tones are overwhelmed by the smoke notes, which are too strong for my taste. The flavor is too strongly smoked for me,, too. There is a LOT of smoke, here. Its downright burned tasting. Both the sweet, syrupy barley malts AND the typical stone hop overload are forced to take a back seat to the smoke. This isnt bad, but Ill have regular Old Guardian before Ill buy this again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blackflag321 (661) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 9, 2013
Draft in snifter. Dry, smoky, with wine characteristics. Hint of zesty fruit. Not as complex as I expected, but very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Strykzone (6936) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAY 8, 2013
Sampled at esbls. Clear and light brown. Grain, fruot, and yeast in the aroma. Big alcohol makes this harsh and hard to drink. Both smoke and oak are in the background. So much grain. So much alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cavie (4336) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAY 7, 2013
Bottle. 2013. Pours a clear amber-orange color. Off-white head. Aroma is sweet malt, sugar, cologne, and woody notes. Flavor is dry hops, oak, bitterness that lingers into the finish. Dry finish with some sweetness. Slight smokiness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fukito (1027) - Santiago, CHILE - MAY 6, 2013
Clear copper with a big bubbly white head. Aroma is dry fruits, fruit cake and a very slight smokey touch. Flavor is rather sweet some brandiness ripe banana with a comfortable smoked cake finish, nice. Full to medium palate warming but not overly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IrishBoy (4141) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAY 6, 2013
Bomber from BevMo Salinas. Nose is lightly smoked bacon, with some toffee and golden raisins. Lightly hazy copper orange with a medium beige head. Flavor is bitter, light smoke, and some light alcohol warmth. The regular OG is better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Radek Kliber (7239) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - MAY 6, 2013
Bottle 650 ml 2013 vintage
Aromasmoky yet not bold in approach. Some alcohol heat, bit on high note. Hint of almond with meaty finish.
Appearance poured amber in color with lighter slightly creamy tanned top. Left nice rings on glass. 3+
Flavor and Palate : fairly bold up front. Carbonation slightly above average. Bitter with smoky follow up. Bitter raw walls. Top end finishing with heat.

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