Old Boardhead Barleywine Ale - Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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Reviews by cptierney:
3.65/5 rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a 2009 22oz bomber into a Russian River Tulip glass.
The Old Boardhead poured a nice cloudy caramel color with minimal head. The half inch bubble crown receded to some retentive lacing and made for decent looking brew.
The nose of this beer was the highlight for me. A lovely bouquet of sweet malts, candied sugar and strong piney hop odors met my sniffer. Really surprised by the level of hoppiness to the smell, but a nice picture nonetheless.
I was disappointed with this brews mouthfeel. Ultimately I found it too thin for the style and slightly over carbonated. Not too much of a bite from the carb so much as a breakup of the glorious barleywine thickness that I crave.
The hop profile on this beer really surprises me. I feel bad knocking it as much as I am, because while it isn't appropriate for the style it still makes for a good beer. The brews initial sweetness of caramel and malt sugars is quickly overpowered by a heavy piney resinous flavor. Interesting, to say the least.
While this is a hoppy barleywine, it is very drinkable. It's light body makes for a surprisingly sessionable strong brew.
Serving type: bottle
11-03-2009 00:15:01 | More by cptierney
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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
87 out of 100 based on 362 ratings.