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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Billicus (291) - @RED BHUT JOIKIAS!, Paulsboro, New Jersey, USA - MAR 25, 2013
22ozer last bottle on shelf color, dark amber, decent head, warm color aroma, wow, like a bbq, also sweet esters mixed with straight up malt taste, frontal hit of mellow oak smoke, then the malt cresends to a high point of textuerd masterpiece overall, awesome, will buy again

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bigguns22 (798) - Maryland, USA - MAR 24, 2013
Drinking with twindog. Aroma is malty and sweet. Flavors are full body,bitter,smokey and caramel. Lingers on the palate and is a great beer to pair with a full body cigar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
raphael (1215) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 24, 2013
I know no meat was used in making this beer (though with Stone anythings possible) but I smell smoked ham coated in brown sugar--smoke, sweet, charred fat, & cloves (just a week til Easter.) the oak smoke flavor less meaty but just as rich, add toffee, lumber-ish hops, & alcohol, very well-balanced. finish bitter & sticky. the smoke seems to linger in my mouth. What a great beer and experience!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Narnad (1521) - Crystal Lake, Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2013
Pours a ruby-orange color with a huge, creamy, light tan head. Very clean look to it. Aroma has a very strong citrus orange, light smoke with hints of peat, toasted malt, light caramel malt sweetness and a little bit of pine and grassy hops at the finish. Flavor starts off with a modest smoke wood flavor early with a modest bitterness in the middle - grassy, light orange comes through most. Body is oily, heavy and has low carbonation with a light amount of alcohol coming through ( I would never have guessed it was 12%). A very tasty brew as a whole. The smoke is there but works very well with hops malt in the brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
StefanSD (2432) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - MAR 24, 2013
650 ml bottle from Bevmo. Pours a nice reddish brown color with a medium off-white head that has good retention. The aroma features toffee malts and some smoke. The flavor, like the aroma, is toffee malt forward with light smoke playing second fiddle, besides toffee and light smoke; I get some grains, nuts and white fruits. The palate is full and viscous with soft carbonation. The finish is long and dry with lingering bitter filberts. Overall: Glad to see this is a classified as a barleywine, because the smoke character is way in the background--to the point that I might have missed it had I not been looking for it. As a barleywine I quite enjoyed this, as a smoked beer I was somewhat disappointed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blutt59 (6558) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 23, 2013
Bottled, orange color with thin wisp of foam, aroma is fatty pancetta, flavor is malty with some strong hoppy bitterness, not much smoke , sweet bitter finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
smith4498 (3582) - Winter Springs, Florida, USA - MAR 23, 2013
Pours clear copper color with off white head. Moderate smoked malt aroma with caramel and some alcohol. Sweet caramel flavor with some smokiness and slightly boozy. Full body with minimal carbonation and a syrupy mouthfeel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
geologyguy (1511) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - MAR 23, 2013
Smells a little bit like bacon, taste like a lot of bacon too, but too much hops...wish it was a tad more malty...hops kill it :(

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (12466) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 22, 2013
Sample at the Blarney Wine tasting on 03/16/2013: This brew pours a clear ruddy amber color with a medium foamy beige head that recedes steadily. Stringy lacing. Aroma of smoked malt, fruit and caramel. Full-bodied with flavors of smoked meat, peaty malt and fruit. The finish is smoky with a charred oak aftertaste. Above average overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - MAR 22, 2013
Appearance: Pours a hazy bright amber with a fluffy tan head that subsides to a thin soapy cap, leaving thick foamy lacing.

Aroma: Smoked malt, sweet toffee notes. Strong smokey note, taking away the hoppy nose Classic Old Guardian bears.

Taste: Spicy smokey malt. Very woody, not meaty like some smoked beers. Spicy bitter hops, apricot, some toffee notes. Finishes bitter and woody.

Mouthfeel: A bit rough, full bodied.

Overall: The best spin on Old Guardian theyve done yet. Very sharp and woody and bitter. I cant guess what age will do to this beer, maybe smooth it out, but I would hate to lose the OAK-SMOKED in the process.

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