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Old Bridge Rider (Brouwer's Cafe 7th Anniversary Beer) - Fremont Brewing Company

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Old Bridge Rider (Brouwer's Cafe 7th Anniversary Beer)Old Bridge Rider (Brouwer's Cafe 7th Anniversary Beer)

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BA SCORE
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68 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 68
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 6.59%
Wants: 70
Gots: 23 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Fremont Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  13.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
We are a family-owned microbrewery founded in 2009 to brew small-batch artisan beers made with the best local ingredients we can find. Located in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle, we turn wine into beer, dream into Haiku, yodel in Esperanto and drink more Underberg than the Brouwer's Matts. To celebrate the 7th Anniversary of the Iconic Fremont Beer Haven, Brouwer's, we brewed this monster English Barleywine with floor-malted Maris Otter barley and Noble hops. Half was aged in bourbon barrels for 6 months, blended back together, bottled, and then we waited... and waited... for 16 months... through both the 7th and 8th Anniversaries. Now it is ready. Of course, please age this beer, but do try it today, and keep in mind, Brouwer's is not your typical beer mecca and this is not your typical American Barleywine.

(Beer added by: draheim on 02-23-2013)
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Reviews by Jeffo:
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3.58/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Happy to see another Fremont beer. These have always been solid so far. Thanks to Doopie for breaking this pair out for beer night.

From a bomber into a snifter
Brewed for the 7th anniversary of Brouwer's Cafe
Half the batch was aged in bourbon barrels for 6 months then blended. Subsequently aged another 16 months before being released.

APPEARANCE: Pours a 1+ finger, medium looking, light cream head with very good retention. Maroon red or bistre brown in color with slightly higher levels of carbonation for the style. Head slowly fades to a full wisp and leaves some lacing down the glass. A ring remains and leaves some lacing down the glass. Good looking stuff.

SMELL: Big nose of toffee and caramel, maple, some red fruits, oak and bourbon on the nose. Coconut notes with bourbon and sweet maple candy. Quite nice.

TASTE: Toffee and maple syrup sweetness up front, with bourbon and oak as well. Sweet flavors through the middle into a big and lingering finish of oak, bourbon, coconut and toffee and maple sweetness. Red fruit notes linger as well. Flavorful and bold, but not as complex as some others in the style. Very little hop flavor and bitterness, making it predominantly a sweet, barrel forward barleywine.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. A little lighter on the palate, goes down fine and finishes surprisingly dry on the palate. No real burn or heat lingers.

OVERALL: Another really good Fremont beer. While the feel was a little light and the flavor a little too heavy on the sweet side of things, this was still an extremely enjoyable beer that is well worth the effort. Particularly enjoyed the mesh of maple, bourbon and red fruits that this one brought to the table. Give it a shot if you get the opportunity. Cheers again Doops!

Jeffo, Feb 28, 2014
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle thanks to FalconA!

A: Deep brown, almost black. Pours thick, with a tiny off-white head.
S: Sweet toffee, bourbon, roasted malts, caramel, vanilla, a tiny bit of licorice and a bit floral.
T: Taste is vanilla, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, chocolate and bourbon. Hint of citrus as well. A bit of booziness but it goes with this beer, not off-putting at all.
M: Full bodied with low carbonation, slick. A bit sticky, coats the mouth (especially as it warms).
O: This is a fantastic BA barleywine, among the best I've had. Reminds me a bit of BA9K. Glad to try this, hope to get another bottle in the future.

standardcherry, Sep 06, 2013
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bottle, Brouwers 7th Anniversary

A rather large barleywine - not sure I realized it was 13% when consuming the entire bomber. This beer laid in bourbon barrels for 16 months and the bourbon is quite well pronounced. Given the trends noticed with Bbomb and KDS though, I do wonder how quickly the barrel will fade. Decadent layers of sweet chewy malt, chocolate, bourbon and more bourbon. Appreciate the haiku references. I'll take fresh b-bomb over this, but for decadent barrel aged barleywines, this is in the zone.

dirtylou, Jul 09, 2013
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4.19/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep amber. Not much head. A few wisps.

Smell - Bourbon. A grapefruit citrus aroma. Hops? Lots of caramel.

Taste - Caramel, bourbon. Some oak. Almost like an orange liqueur flavor. Could be the hops, but everyone at this tasting thinks I'm stupid fot suggesting grapefruit hops are giving it that flavor.

Mouthfeel - Slick and sweet. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Very nice. Unique orange flavor.

Alieniloquium, May 21, 2013
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Old Bridge Rider (Brouwer's Cafe 7th Anniversary Beer) from Fremont Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.