heemer77 (5096) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - FEB 28, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. A rich ruby red tinted copper body. There is a nice yellowish khaki head on top of this beaut. The nutty nose has smoked almonds with some notes of leather. There is also some sweet pear. This tastes like lightly smoked pears, caramel and pecans. The body is thick and chewy, it really coats the mouth. Smoke builds as you drink more of it. Sweetness and pine hides behind the smoke. A strange and decent beer.
Westmeister (1699) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours dark red with smaller bubbly tan head. Smell is sweet caramel, fruity, smoke, oak. Taste is initially fruity caramel. Initially the known yet more subtle than I would have expected oak and smoke come in. Yet as it warms these come out stronger to campfire/meatiness. Then the hoppiness of the base Guardian really shines too. Very nice mix up, but still prefer the original. It’s a hard one to beat though.
sthlm (1225) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
[Bottle] Pours deep red with a small beige head. Aroma is big on smoke. There is also alcohol, and an underlying sweetness. Taste is also dominated by smoke, quite bitter, alcohol, some barley and jammy sweetness again. Balances nicely with the smoke as it warms. Thick mouthfeel, smooth, lingering bitterness--nice. Overall, a very solid beer. The smoke is a bit strong when first poured, but the balance after warming is very pleasant.
JohnnyJ (4257) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 6, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at stone bistro. Clear golden/reddish amber pour, with an off white head. Toffee, sweet caramel malt, lots of smoke, oak, light bacon meatiness, fair amount of biterness, and citrusy hops. Fair amount of smoke flavor, but not enough to drown out the barleywine, which was still distinguishable as a barleywine. The oak mellowed and smoothed everthying out. I enjoyed it.
NachlamSie (2730) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber from Downtown. I was hoping for more generous use of smoke here. It is rather subdued, but the oak does give it a very meaty quality. The aroma has that toffee and mildly citrusy hops that Old Guardian provides. The body is thick with a sticky finish. What little smokey flavor is present is really nice, I wish there was more of it.
brokensail (10640) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 5, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Amber in color with a small off-white head. The nose is very smoke forward, but there’s also a ton of banana, strangely enough. Heavy caramel and toffee sweetness, hints of chocolate, pine and woody hops, and alcohol. The smoke is very strong on the tongue. A lot of caramel, toffee, and smoke. Some chocolate, mild pine hop flavor, moderate bitterness, and some alcohol.