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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
97
world-class

78 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 78
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 6.56%
Wants: 72
Gots: 22 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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4.78/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.66/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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.

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4.56/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap into a tulip @ FBC. Pours a murky mahogany brown w/ a minimal head.

Aroma is sweet, malty, toffee, w/ herbal/floral hops.

Taste is caramel, burnt brown sugar, toffee, orange peel, spice. Some chocolate and vanilla and just a touch of bourbon. Nice warming booze, not overpowering. Great balance between bitter and sweet.

Mouthfeel is full-bodied, but not coating or cloying.

Overall an outstanding barrel-aged barleywine that I think will only improve with age. One of the best I've had. I like this at least as much as §ucaba, and in the same class as Arctic Devil or Mother of all Storms. Cheers Fremont for doing this very special brew.

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4.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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!!!

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4.51/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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.

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4.51/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed from a barrage tulip snifter.

a - brew pours a deep chestnut brown with a cream colored fizzy head that didn't hang around but could be rebuilt. Slippery spotty lace.

s - nose is incredible. Leads with a sweet liquid caramel glazed with some woody bourbon heat.

t/m/o - like all great BA barleys the most notable thing about this one is the body. Silky smooth, rich in flavor but not too heavy. Liquid caramel and toffee with giant oak notes and a glazing of bourbon...raw bourbon, like backwoods bastard. Really nice, really drinkable. ISO more of this! Top tier!

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Old Bridge Rider (Brouwer's Cafe 7th Anniversary Beer) from Fremont Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.