Old Bridge Rider (Brouwer's Cafe 7th Anniversary Beer) - Fremont Brewing Company
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4.78/5 rDev +8.6%
Poured from a black waxed bottle into 2 Fremont goblets.
Appearance: Dark orange with visible carbonation but very little foam.
Aroma: The aroma is of rich caramel, bourbon, vanilla, and some fresh citrus and grassy notes--massively complex.
Taste: The taste is caramel, brown sugar, spices, vanilla/oak, citrus, and a fairly present alcohol note.
Mouthfeel: Medium/full bodied without being too sticky.
Overall: This is an amazing beer. Fremont really are the (somewhat) unsung masters of barrel-aged strong ales. The citrus, in concert with the richer flavors from the barrel and booze is just right. For me, this easily tops Sucaba, Barrel-Aged Bigfoot, and maybe even B-Bomb.
05-28-2013 22:38:15 | More by TheEarl
4.66/5 rDev +5.9%
A: Pours a dark burgundy color with crimson and purple highlights with a nice dirty white cap. While the cap was not that big its not suppose to be for this style. However, mine did have some great head retention leaving a few rings of lacing and a ring around the edges.
S: The nose is big and sweet. Score! I picked up on bourbon soaked dark fruits, some faint vanilla and wood, layers of candy and a light roastiness to it, but very light. I have a chubby already.
T: What can I say. The first thing that came to mind was "wow". Initial sweet with a light underlying toast ushering in bourbon soaked raisins and plums. The barrel brings the vanilla , "oakiness" and booze(which might I had is well masked under layers of flavor). About midway the candy picks up and it becomes sweet, on the brink, where I like it, not to sweet but a decadent sweetness. This beers flavor profile seemed to keep going and going....the finish was a bit sticky, sweet with some toasted notes and underlying vanilla.
M: Robust and full bodied just as it should be. Carbonation was spot on. The mouthfeel was a bit sticky sweet but hearty and warming. The flavors just linger on the palate providing an exceptional mouthfeel.
O: This beer is in the my top tier of BA English bwines to date. I have long awaited this little gem and it was worth the wait. I'm glad I stocked up on this because this thing has legs and potential. It's sexy, decadent and dangerous. I'm traditionally not a "homer" as I give some pretty harsh ratings and tongue-lashings to a lot of local breweries and company but this beer is legit.
07-01-2013 18:51:56 | More by barleywinefiend
4.55/5 rDev +3.4%
Thin straw colored foamy head rises slow and has nice retention. Brew is dark, deep, roasty, brown, with heavy purple. Lacing is decent, not the best. Decent legs. Nice clarity.
Tons of maple, brown sugar, faded pine, lots of vanilla, bourbon too.
Amazingly sweet and delicious. Barrel and booze are so nicely hidden. Oakey, buttery, smooth, nicely sweet, grapey, lots of tannins. Very gummy, awkward dryness on very backend of finish, resinous, sticky. Carbonation is high and fits the style, slightly detracts.
This is a kick ass brew, thanks Ty for sharing. I'm supporting Washington tonight since they're going to get an ass-whoopin on Sunday. Go Broncos!!!
02-01-2014 04:38:19 | More by chugalug06
4.51/5 rDev +2.5%
Poured into an Elysian snifter. Pours a hazy burnt caramel amber with a fine, half finger light tan head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of intense caramel malt, caramel, plum juice, faint hops. Flavor follows, with caramel, caramel malt, brown sugar (the most distinct brown sugar I can remember in a beer), dark fruit juice, vanilla, bourbon, a light oakiness and a light hop finish. This is delicious. Nice creamy medium body. Very well balanced and tasty. Hits all the right English barleywine notes. A bit on the sweet side and although warming, covers the high ABV very well. I look forward to cellaring this barleywine and revisiting it over the years.
05-04-2013 02:57:29 | More by LiquidAmber
Old Bridge Rider (Brouwer's Cafe 7th Anniversary Beer) from Fremont Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.