Old Boardhead Barleywine Ale - Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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Reviews by MJR:
4.33/5 rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Appearance: Pours a wonderfully clear reddish-amber bookended by pale copper edges. It's light tan head begins well enough, then shrinks down to a thin and incomplete covering that leaves scattered lacing.
Smell: The aroma is two-sided in that at any one time you can focus on either the huge, fruity malt, or the green, citrusy hops. The balance between them is quite impressive really. Hiding underneath is a whiff of warming alcohol.
Taste: Begins on the malty side, with a huge amount of fruitiness. A touch of sweet caramel/toffee too. Midway, the hops show up with a fair amount of bitterness and flavor to balance things out. The hops are very citric in taste, with a hint of a flowery character. A tiny hint of tropical fruit darts in and out. On the finish, the attention drifts back to the malt, with a strong charred fruit note. There's a fleeting bitterness, but it plays second fiddle. Ends fruity and bitter, with a hefty alcoholic undercurrent which brings a bit of warmth.
Mouthfeel: The carbonation is quite low, which combines with a medium thick body, to give a slighty syrupy mouthfeel. Finishes dry and long with a tummy warming effect.
Drinkability: Judging by the short lifespan of this bomber, I'd say the drinkability of this brew is pretty good! Of course, I couldn't drink more than one of these in an evening, nor would I want to. This is a well balanced barley wine that would make a great fireside companion come winter.
Serving type: bottle
08-17-2003 06:16:15 | More by MJR
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3.16/5 rDev -17.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
22oz : tulip
Pours a murky, burnt-orange, brown color with a thin, foamy off white head.
Aroma and taste are sweet, syrupy toffee, caramel malts.
Medium body, faint, foamy carbonation.
A decent beer when aged, but it just doesn't have a whole lot going on at the 2-year mark in my opinion and I've come to the conclusion that I prefer it fresh.
Serving type: bottle
12-02-2013 09:02:21 | More by vkv822
Old Boardhead Barleywine Ale from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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