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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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Photo of barleywinefiend
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.

barleywinefiend, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of mdaschaf
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

mdaschaf, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of rab53
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

rab53, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of Zaphog
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Zaphog, Nov 05, 2013
Photo of ShanePB
4/5  rDev -9.1%

ShanePB, Jun 13, 2014
Photo of beertunes
3.5/5  rDev -20.5%

beertunes, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

HuskyinPDX, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of dirtylou
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.

dirtylou, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of Alieniloquium
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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4/5  rDev -9.1%

drummermattie02, Jan 20, 2014
Photo of LiquidAmber
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.

LiquidAmber, May 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev -9.1%

tectactoe, Jun 09, 2014
Photo of twelveinches
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

twelveinches, Dec 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

kscaldef, Aug 04, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

strongaf, Jun 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

IrishColonial, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of Jeffo
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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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

mrebeka, Jun 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

beergorrilla, Nov 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Adamostella, Dec 05, 2013
Photo of trxxpaxxs
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.

trxxpaxxs, Jun 17, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8%

mikeincharleston, Dec 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

I_BYE_MI_BEER, Jun 08, 2014
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5/5  rDev +13.6%

MacStinson, Feb 28, 2013
Photo of draheim
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.

draheim, Feb 23, 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.