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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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3.8
   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bulk_Carrier (5043) - Essex Junction, Vermont, USA - MAR 19, 2017
Poured into a snifter, the appearance was a semi-clear amber color with a nice looking off white foamy head that dissipated at a nice pace. Mild lace. The aroma takes the "Old Guardian" form and adds some wood, smoke and peat. Hops seem to have a bit more abrasion here with citrus, resin and grassiness than regular "Old Guardian." The flavor leads with a nice smooth sweet blend of malts to hops; sweet, dry and bitter. Blends nicely into the aftertaste riding into the finish the same way. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a good sipping quality about it. Carbonation felt good with the ABV feeling like its on par. Overall, nice variant of "Old Guardian," good job Stone.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
FunkyF (1092) - rebro, SWEDEN - JAN 22, 2017
Flaska bestlld frn SB. Mrkt rdbrun med beige skum. St och kraftig doft med vanilj, bourbon, torkad frukt och fat. Brnd och rkig, med kola och torkad frukt.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (9936) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 31, 2016
22 oz. bottle notes from notes. Pours a clear amber color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have big wood and peat character over the sweet caramel, dark fruit notes, resin and citrus hop character of the base beer, tobacco, berries, dry, another solid treatment of their American barley wine, the alcohol remains well integrated into the beer, solid enough.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pyrmir (5864) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - OCT 16, 2016
650 ml bottle at home, vintage 2013. Amber with off white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, crisp smokey, burnt wood, smoked meats, toffee, dark sugar and alcohol. Taste is similar, malty, smokey bordering peated, dark caramel, toffee, sugar and alcohol. Complex and pleasant.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Svesse (8358) - Hsselby, SWEDEN - OCT 15, 2016
(Bottle) Dark reddish amber colour with dense, beige head. Malty, slightly smoky nose with notes of caramel, dried fruit, a touch of resin, some smoked ham, chocolate, vanilla and a touch of burnt rubber. Malty, hoppy, smoky taste with caramel, dried fruit, smoke, oak wood, honey, chocolate, vanilla and a vinous finish with a generous resiny bitterness and peppery alcohol. Full body, quite sweet. Not really subtle or balanced, but really tasty and quite powerful. Very nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tide (3638) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 21, 2016
Bottle at Brewdog. Dark copper color, white head. Bitter taste with citrus, hops, caramel, oak, smoke, toffee, pine and a bit of resin. Bitter finish with citrus, caramel, hops, resin, pine, oak and smoke. Excellent barley wine.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GenDV138 (6986) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - SEP 11, 2016
22 oz bottle poured into a tulip. 2013 bottle. Clear ruby with beige head. Aromas of smoke, toasted wood, caramel, malt, oak. Tastes of light smoke, malt, caramel, oak, light booze. Medium body with a dry finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (16969) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 29, 2016
Has some protein in suspension. Amber. Thin head. Aroma mostly shows the chewy malt. Sweet, lightly chewy and only vaguely smoky. Long finish with the age rounding out both smoke and hop.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
hackobock (3932) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 29, 2016
August 1, 2015. Bottle, vintage 2013.
Light hazy amber with a small off-white head. Aroma is sweet malty with caramel, dark sugars, notes of smoked meat, burnt wood, some dried fruits and and hints of higher alcohol. Taste is sweet, malty, smokey and light bitter. Finish is sweet malty and resinous with toffee,hints of ripe pineapple, dark sugars, smoked charcuteries, some bitter grassy notes and alcohol. Medium bodied, soft to average carbonation.
Some higher alcohol notes that puts it a bit off.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
zoucrew102 (1725) - - MAY 4, 2016
Bomber, 2013 vintage. Rich, smokey aroma with a bit of oak as well as caramel, pine hops and a surprising amount of booze for a 3 year old beer. Pours deep amber colored with a thin off white head with ok retention and a little lacing. Starts with rich smokey flavor right off the bat with some caramel. Finishes very dry with smoke permeating through out as well as bitter pine resiny hops that dominate the palate before ending with a bit of boozy burn still. Pretty nice with my only complaint being the finish.


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