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

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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world-class

56 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 7.05%


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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Jeffo

Netherlands

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!

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 15:37:41 | More by Jeffo
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Alieniloquium

Florida

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2013 01:25:51 | More by Alieniloquium
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trxxpaxxs

New York

4.24/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to libbey for this one...

A: Pours a deep dark ruby red, almost brown, with a thin light khaki colored head. The foam fades to a thin ring along the edges of the glass, and there is no lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is sweet malt, caramel, mild toffee, mild fruit, mild roast, and alcohol. It smells like a delicious barrel aged english barleywine.

T: It starts out sweet and roasty with malt, caramel,and charred oak. The sweets intensify in the middle as some vanilla flavors begin to hit the palate. The finish is syrupy sweet with caramel and toffee, but there is a bitter char component mixed with stinging alcohol and I get a touch of soy sauce in here as well.

M: Full bodied beer. It's sticky and coating to start and coats the palate all the way to the finish. The residual sweetness mixes well with the boozy finish, leaving the mouth saturated for a bit after the beer is gone.

O: Solid english barleywine. The barrel treatment isn't over the top, but it's more intense than some smoother barleywines like Sucaba or MOAS. I like this beer, and I am happy to have tried it, but I don't know if I'd ever seek it out again.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2013 19:51:16 | More by trxxpaxxs
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dirtylou

Washington

4.24/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2013 23:54:25 | More by dirtylou
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standardcherry

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2013 07:18:52 | More by standardcherry
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draheim

Washington

4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | 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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-23-2013 23:29:39 | More by draheim
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snaotheus

Washington

4.46/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a large snifter. I think there was only one batch, and so no bottle dates or codes or whatnot.

Pours dark dingy brown, cloudy, almost no head, lots of very fine, very slow carbonation. Smell is alcohol and dates or raisins.

Taste is very interesting. Very very interesting. Alcohol is certainly detectable. Very fruity and sweet, more of the date/raisin flavor, maybe some plum sweetness, some kind of bitterness that maybe faintly reminds me of chocolate (maybe more like cocoa nibs). There's definitely some smokey character.

Mouthfeel is thick, slick, smooth. Overall, this is quite a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2013 19:50:22 | More by snaotheus
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LiquidAmber

Washington

4.51/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2013 02:57:29 | More by LiquidAmber
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chugalug06

Colorado

4.55/5  rDev +3.4%
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!!!

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2014 04:38:19 | More by chugalug06
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.66/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2013 18:51:56 | More by barleywinefiend
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TheEarl

Washington

4.78/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2013 22:38:15 | More by TheEarl
Old Bridge Rider (Brouwer's Cafe 7th Anniversary Beer) from Fremont Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.