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Old Boardhead Barleywine Ale - Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

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Old Boardhead Barleywine Ale
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369 Ratings

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Ratings: 369
Reviews: 284
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 30
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: MrNuggets on 01-01-2005)
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Photo of King_KongDCO93
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pour a 2012 reserve bought it for $3.99 for a 1 pt. 6 fl. Oz 9% ABV bottle
A: golden brown, cant see throw the glass and its cloudy and looks like clean mud

S: Has a malty butterscotch aroma mixed in with a floral scents.

T: it is really malty and is a bit too bitter for me. at 9 % the flavor really hides the alch

M: mouth feel heavy

O: for the price its worth it.

King_KongDCO93, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of HoistinBrews
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

HoistinBrews, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of Holy_Hop_Head
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Holy_Hop_Head, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of mtstatebeer
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

02-09-11- 22 oz bottle, 2008, served in a snifter glass. Pours a hazy, red-orange color with a decent, frothy off-white head, lacing throughout. Aroma is sweet, toasted malt, vinous, pine hops, and alcohol. Flavor is sweet malts, resinous, wood, spicy, and alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium, syrupy, almost cloyingly sweet, but balanced with a large amount of bitterness. Overall a decent beer.

Edit: Review of same beer on 21 Nov 12. Similar aroma, much more of a dark fruit/raisin aroma and a bit oxidized, no hops at all in the smell. Flavor isn't as sweet, still wood and spicy, much less of an alcohol bite, Mouthfeel not syrupy or sweet as before. This one aged into a solid barleywine.

mtstatebeer, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of MarkyMOD
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

MarkyMOD, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of tbone1384
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

tbone1384, Nov 09, 2012
Photo of ralphw56
4/5  rDev +3.9%

ralphw56, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +3.9%

t0rin0, Oct 01, 2012
Photo of CelticAleMan
4/5  rDev +3.9%

CelticAleMan, Sep 24, 2012
Photo of Caleb
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Caleb, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of brotherloco
4/5  rDev +3.9%

brotherloco, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.03/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2006 vintage
May 2009:
Poured a deep copper amber color with a big dirty white head. Carbonation was big on this one. Nose is caramel, brown sugar, astringent a bit. Taste is light cocoa undertones, astringent, caramel, brown sugar and even a cheap wine like taste or texture. Not tasty at all. Mouthfeel is thin and not to pleasing, left a bad taste in my mouth. Wont try again and disappointing.Perhaps past its prime.
2008 vintage
August 2009:
Much nicer and creamier. More character with hop bite, caramel being more pronounced versus the 2006. Two years would be it for this brew.
2012 vintage
September 2012:
A: Ruddy ruby like color with moedrate carbonation presenting a nice white cap which quickly fades

S: Very faint, some sherry like notes and lighter fruits

T: Some sweetness, a fruit basket meets some sherry like wine characteristics but then flavor just sordove falls flat with a dry, lightly sweet finish and light bitterness. Booze is masked well.

M: Medium to big body, well carbonated

O: Average bwine but for $6 a bomber you cant go wrong.

barleywinefiend, Sep 14, 2012
Photo of Birdlegs
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Birdlegs, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of corby112
3.18/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 vintage.

Pours a really cloudy, dark copper color with amber edges and a one finger off-white head that quickly fades into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lace left behind.

Slight leathery malt aroma with subtle earthy hops caramel malt and dark fruit. Somewhat floral with a faint grassy pine character followed by caramel, toffee, raisin, fig and sweet booze.

Medium bodied with tight carbonation and a very dry and bitter hop presence that lingers over the sweeter notes and malt backbone into a boozy finish. Lots of sticky hops up front that are somewhat stale at this stage followed by leathery malt, caramel, toffee and dark fruit. A decent amount of sweet boozy flavor in the finish but the high ABV is actually pretty well masked. Overall, this beer is easy to drink but it's kind of bland and not very memorable.

corby112, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of beerpadawan
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

beerpadawan, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of jaidenjb
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

jaidenjb, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of ObiWanKushnobi
2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

ObiWanKushnobi, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of JAHMUR
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

JAHMUR, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

CaptDavyJones, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of CoryR
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

CoryR, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of prometheus
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First thing I thought after I tasted this, oh crap this is gunna be a hang over. Second thing, way this is a really light barley wine.

The pour was silky smooth. Small and thick head. Good lacing. Smells like booze and raisons. Taste is mostly malt, cant tell what just booze. Light body for a Barley wine. Goes down like whiskey. Drank the whole bottle me self and it was great!


prometheus, May 29, 2012
Photo of beergoot
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a relatively light-body/light tasting barleywine. Smells almost like a Xmas cookie but without being overly sugary or spicey (although I would say there's a slight cinammon/allspice note in there). A light roasted malt flavor holds this thing together. The high alcohol content is well-hidden within the flavor profile. Certainly an excellent barleywine offering.

beergoot, May 28, 2012
Photo of seeswo
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

seeswo, May 20, 2012
Photo of asabreed
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2011 reserve. Bomber into a Brooklyn tulip glass.

Appearance: A nice hybrid of red and copper colors, but the head's kind of non-existent. I always think this could be whatever's in the glass, or if I didn't wash it out well enough, but alas.

Smell: Hops and citrus dominate here, with lemon and grapefruit aromas coming through mostly. Some possible toffee and chocolate coming through from the malt, adding to the balance of sweetness and citrus.

Taste: An initial blast of nice citrus bitterness hits, but it's soon balanced by some toffee-like and mild chocolate candied flavors that come from the malt, and some candi sugar flavors seem to come in also. Finishes with lingering mild sourness and citrus bitterness, with some candied toffee floating in the background.

Mouthfeel: This is the weakest aspect, as it's a little, to me, under-carbonated, which makes it just slightly a bit cloying, though it doesn't detract too much from everything overall. Maybe that had to do with the look in the glass also.

Drinkability: I don't know if it'd be proper to call a 9% barleywine easy-going, but this certainly is. Not insanely intense overall, with a good balance of sweetness and finishing bitterness that makes this one a version to try now, though I'd be interested to see what happens in a few years. With the good PQR, if I find another one, I'll do just that.

asabreed, May 13, 2012
Photo of zrab11
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

zrab11, Apr 10, 2012
Old Boardhead Barleywine Ale from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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