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RATINGS: 440   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 342   ABV: 11.4%
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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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3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
portableparty (2336) - 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...

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
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

3.7
   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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (14022) - 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.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gregwilsonstl (2382) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 11, 2013
Smells like oak. Light brown. Tons of oak. Lightly smoked. Easy to drink for a barleywine.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Darwenus (1068) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blackflag321 (679) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Strykzone (7182) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cavie (4586) - 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

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fukito (1058) - 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.


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