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RATINGS: 440   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IrishBoy (4178) - 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 (7290) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - MAY 4, 2013
Bottle poured into glass. Definitely very smokey and oakey, thats for damn sure. I can imagine they wanted to call this one Smoke From The Oak but that was already taken.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Thisis12ptfont (1155) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - MAY 4, 2013
Strong aromas of oak, wood and barley. Deep crimson/brown color with a one-finger foam. Initially sweet with flavors of oak, vanilla, maple and bourbon. Secondary notes of toffee, burnt molasses, roasted caramel and immense alcohol. Overall, very strong with semi-sweet flavors. Strong booze on the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 3, 2013
Bomber from Sams Quik Shop in Durham. Gotta love the $6.99 price tag. Pours a deep amber, clear with a big yellowish beige head, fading down to not much. Nose of vanilla, smoked wood chips, toffee, brown sugar. The smoke fades as it warms and I get used to it, and a more balance beer presents itself. Taste is sweet but not too sweet for a barleywine. A bit boozy and hot, but not all that much for 11.4%. Would have been fine with just 12 oz of this.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
glennmastrange (2807) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - MAY 2, 2013
Bottle. Heavy roasted and caramel for the malt, moderate cooked orange for the hops, light to moderate leather for the yeast, with date, smoke, wood and toffee in the background. Head is small, creamy, off-white with a few spots of lacing and good legs and is mostly diminishing. Color is clear copper. Flavor starts moderately to heavily sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes moderately sweet and has a heavy to harsh lingering bitterness. Palate is medium to full, oily with a soft to lively carbonation and finishes heavily to harshly alcoholic, very dry and somewhat chewy. Powerful verging on harsh in some spots, but the complexity of this Barley Wine is awesome.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - MAY 1, 2013
22oz bottle. Rating #184. Clear dark copper pour with a nice beige head. Rich toffee and caramel with a bit of piney hops. Bitter up front with a lasting aftertaste, getting a little oak but not much smoke. Not bad. (2723)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RespertFTW (521) - Michigan, USA - MAY 1, 2013
Draft. Clear dark amber color. Smoke aroma. Light feel in mouth. Smoke taste and not much else.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mittenator (1612) - Michigan, USA - MAY 1, 2013
Draft at Stone tap takeover at Crunchy's. Lots of smoked meat aromas. Dominates the aroma. Sweet but smoky flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (7521) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 30, 2013
Sampled on draft at 3R6P this beer poured a dark honey-amber color with an enormous foamy orange-white head that lingered and left good lacing. The aroma was tangy and fruity with a touch of hickory. The flavor was sweet yet bitter with a strong orange presence and light notes of grapefruit, wood and smoke. A bit sour underneath. Long orange, wood and smoke finish. Medium body. Interesting.

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