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RATINGS: 441   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 342   ABV: 11.4%
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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ellolovey (483) - Georgia, USA - MAY 13, 2013
22 oz bottle. Pours a deep amber with a beige froamy head. Beautiful lacing. Aroma of smoke, wood, caramel, citrus, and vanilla. Taste is much like the nose. Smoke, wood, citrus, pine, and hints of caramel and vanilla. A bit boozy on the finish. Def warms you up. Bitterness is a bit harsh. Harsh dry finish.

portableparty (2350) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAY 12, 2013
22 oz. bottle. Pours a dark amber/brown color with a sudsy beige head that dissipates to a film and subtle lacing. Aroma has big meat locker smoke and piny hops and blends into caramel malts. Taste has a good bitterness of piny hops and then the smoke comes through with jerky and a bit of camp fire and peat and hidden caramel malt and booze. Palate is full slick and warming with a dry finish. Another beer...

dogfishho (669) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - MAY 12, 2013
Tastes like unfermented malt with grain alcohol added in. No smoke whatsoever. Pretty awful. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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.

argo0 (14127) - 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.

gregwilsonstl (2504) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 11, 2013
Smells like oak. Light brown. Tons of oak. Lightly smoked. Easy to drink for a barleywine.

Darwenus (1136) - Virginia, USA - MAY 10, 2013
I don’t like Stone’s Oak Smoked Old Guardian as much as I like the original version of the brew, and it’s not my favorite Stone beverage. It’s rust colored and slightly foamy, like the original barley wine, but the smell isn’t 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. It’s 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 isn’t bad, but I’ll have regular Old Guardian before I’ll buy this again.

blackflag321 (689) - 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.

Strykzone (7360) - 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.

Cavie (4718) - 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

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