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RATINGS: 1787   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 338   ABV: 11.26%
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A beautiful bold barley wine. Massive malt and hop notes. Silver Medal winner at the 2000 Great American Beer Festival in the Barley Wine category. Gold Medal winner at the 2002 World Beer Championships in the Barley Wine Category. Look for it in the first quarter of each new year. Can be cellared or enjoyed upon its release.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ESBob (355) - Indiana, USA - MAR 16, 2014
2014 Release. Bomber. I know, should of aged it, but couldn’t help myself. Pours a rich copper, clear with ruby highlights. Two finger slighty off white head. Aroma is a fruity, malty candy combo with slight bittering. Taste is initially sweet, then bitter. I suspect the bittering would mellow if aged. Big, bold malty gem with slight alchohol warming.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BRW (968) - Barcelona, SPAIN - MAR 15, 2014
Bottle. Copper colour with small white head. Malt, caramel aroma.Sweet, malt and caramel taste, slightly hoppy and bitter. Full body.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ColovianTrader (252) - - MAR 14, 2014
Liquid caramel, with a healthy dose of citrus hops, toffee, nuts and bread. Hints of pine and vanilla. Sweetness well balanced with the bitter hops. Crisp finish and velvety feel. Alcohol well masked.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gendv138 (1045) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAR 13, 2014
Draft at ChurchKey poured into a tasting snifter. Pours a dark amber color with a good amount of off-white head. Very nice lacing. Aromas of citrus, pine, a bit of caramel. Tasting notes of pine/resin, grapefruit citrus, piney hops. Medium body with a dry finish. Slight sticky mouthfeel, decent carbonation. Fairly smooth for the ABV.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
EamonTheGreat (129) - USA - MAR 11, 2014
2014 Old Guardian on draft. Pours dark amber with a big head that laces well along the glass. The aroma is sweet and the taste is almost a honey flavor. Smooth for such a high alcohol percentage. A great sipping Barleywine. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CpyNPrnT (336) - Indiana, USA - MAR 9, 2014
Sweet caramel, toffee, apples, pears. very well balanced, sips like a wine. 2012 Bomber.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MattiasA (862) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 7, 2014
Backlog. Bottle from Systembolaget. Sweet and hoppy, caramel, butterschotch, citrus, apples and grass.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gkeh (186) - Texas, USA - MAR 5, 2014
2014 release. Bottled a month ago. Pours an amazingly beautiful red amber color. Nice off-white head settles on top, and settles to a thin white mat that stays throughout the life of the drink. The aroma is BIG malts and hops. Sweet caramel, some toffee, citrus and resin hops. Taste is very hoppy, which I really enjoy, It has an immense malt backbone though. This one reminds me a lot of Old Ruffian from Great Divide. I’d like to taste them side-by-side to see the differences. Nonetheless, a great Barleywine

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Concealer (740) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 4, 2014
Bomber. Clear red amber with a thin off white head that laces. Aromas of citrus, pine, light smoke, and caramel. Flavor is bitter pine resin, caramel, light citrus and biscuit. Medium to bodied, slightly dry finish. Lingering bitterness.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jehoesefat (266) - Poway, California, USA - MAR 4, 2014
Super malty grainy aroma. Pours slightly opaque copper with a tan head. Great malt flavors, goes down smooth with an aftertaste of alcohol.


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