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Old Boardhead Barleywine Ale (Brewmaster Reserve 2011) - Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

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Old Boardhead Barleywine Ale (Brewmaster Reserve 2011)Old Boardhead Barleywine Ale (Brewmaster Reserve 2011)

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BA SCORE
81
good

39 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 17.19%
Wants: 1
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mactrail on 06-01-2011)
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4.5/5  rDev +28.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +28.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +28.9%

Photo of DonDirkA
4.18/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Found this one on the shelf at Sprouts on 1st & Wetmore. They had 2012 too but there was this one 2011 left. Pours deep copper with a white head that fades down to basically nothing. The nose is boozey with grapes, some citrus notes (grapefruit, lemon, maybe a hint of lime), caramel and maybe a bit of spice like clove. The taste is one where it seems like this used to be very hoppy. I had the 2010 but I don't remember it. Its piney, bitter, slightly citrus and caramel. Mouthfeel is medium with pretty strong carbonation. Pretty good. Thanks for the shelf aging Sprouts :-)

Photo of lwillitz
4.13/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22-oz bottle into Samuel Smith "Tulip" pint glass

A - bubbles cascade beautifully into 3 fingers of cream-colored head atop a cloudy body of orange amber, beautiful lace

S - quite malty, dark fruits (raisins and figs), alcohol, pleasantly complex

T - sweet malts up front, dark fruits, oily hops get the last word with a dry finish

M - slick medium/full body, fairly high carbonation

O - I have not had many barleywines, but this is a pretty decent beer.

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of FightingEntropy
3.95/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Full Sail is one of those breweries that has a good reputation in my head, but doesn't always deliver the goods when I pick up a bottle. Like Boulevard, this is a brewery to drink the specials but I ignore their regular line up. So, when I see "reserve" and "barleywine," I figure it's time to give them a chance once again.

Popping the top, the smell of caramel, fig and alcohol wafts up immediately. Thin light tan head dissipates quickly. Apparent alcohol and hop spice over the malty backbone of this beer. Very sweet malt, sharp hop bit and dark fruit that slightly overpowers a thin mouthfeel.

This beer is good but not mind blowing. I won't get it again, but don't regret the purchase. It's a perfectly brewed beer, but lacks a subtly and balance to make it great; I'd be happy if this was my own homebrew for half the cost. Taking a look at BA, I'm being a bit generous compared to other reviewers, but I'm a sucker for big hop so guessing that would explain the discrepancy.

Photo of beergoot
3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this one set aside for about two years...

Tawny, copper-colored body with a decent, creamy head. Rich caramel and toffee malt nose with a pinch of booze in the background; dried apricot and peach. Deep, rich malt feel and flavor with strong hop bitterness and alcohol heat at the finish; thick and vinous.

This has been a welcome surprise after letting it sit around for a while. Seems to be a fine complement to a cold, snowy winter afternoon while cooking up a BeerAdvocate potato, veggie, and sausage recipe (ref. issue #84). Yep, it has the deep appeal for a day like today and completely hits the mark for winter enjoyment. Complexity and depth to the nines...

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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.71/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

this has been in the cellar for some time, dusty old bottle finally resurrected. rusty colored hazy liquid, not much head at all just come white to the swirl. nose of intense centennial hops, this must have been a bomb when it was fresh. lots of malt to the nose from red to pale to crystal to caramel, all heavy and strong. the booze surely has mellowed, hardly hot at all. I love the interaction between all those grains and the heavy hopping. its sort of a kitchen sink vibe, and it comes across intentional and delicious. I would like more bubbles though, as this gets a bit filling without them. I get some bourbon type of sweetness on the finish, even though this wasn't aged in one, as far as I know, it has that feeling to it for sure. a good barleywine overall, nothing world class, but a nice winter drink on a cold night. the first big beer ive had from full sail.

Photo of setexascustoms
3.7/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired in a recent trade with Exiled.

A: A deep maple color, very clear. Not much head, but what's there does leave some lacing on the glass.

S: Spicy floral hops with some citrus, and big rich malts. Some dark fruit and slight boozy alcohol.

T: Spicy hops with some citrus, and big smooth malts accented by dark fruits. Well balance with some bitterness that lingers into the some what dry finish.

M: On the full side of medium, fairly dry with nice carbonation.

O: A fair barley wine, and an easy drinker. I could put down a couple of bottles of this and have a very enjoyable, relaxing evening.

Photo of Apellonious
3.61/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 1 pt 6 fl oz bought from CM yesterday.

A - pours a murky borwnish head with a strange green hue

S - booze, grapes, bread and yeast

T - is this what diacetyl tastes like? I always see people saying that, but never fully understood it. Faint, if any, hop presence. Breadlike malts at the forefront. Very tart finish.

M-mild amounts of carbonation, very slick and slightly sticky mouthfeel.

O - not sure what to make of it. Was it aged properly? Seems some oxidization is present, but not to point of turning.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber from Premier Gourmet of Buffalo. Poured into a Duvel goblet.

Dark caramel amber, with chestnut notes out of the light. Good head on this, settles into a thick ring with lots of lacing.

Nose is tart western hops, smoke, mild candied hops.

Hops take the forefront here, with backup accompaniment from a burnt sugar and smoke. It didn't have the malty flavor I was hoping for, nay - expecting in a barleywine. Still, a good brew.

Carbonation keeps things rolling, and the body coats the tongue well. Lingering bitterness.

A bit off for the style, but the mix of smoke and high hops was not unpleasant by any stretch.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of FanofHefe
3.4/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 bottle that pours a cloudy amber body with less than one finger creamy tan head. Very little lacing.

The aroma is predominantly roasted malt. Almost smells like a brown ale. Not much in the hops department, as I expected at least some sweet faded hop aroma.

The flavor does bring in a bit of sweetness, but overall this is more bitter than I would expect from a barleywine. The malt has a more bitter, roasted flavor, and the hop flavor is, as expected, faded. But, the flavor is not unpleasant.

Medium texture in the mouthfeel and no real notice of the alcohol. Overall, not what I normally expect from a barleywine, but a decent brew overall.

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3.35/5  rDev -4%

Photo of mactrail
3.3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 22 oz bottle into a Scotch Ale glass at cellar temperature. $3.99 at Grapevine Liquor in Denver.

Attractive amber color, head is adequate. Pleasantly carbonated. Label notes Centennial and Crystal hops. Seems very bitter to me. Definitely not the malty and rich style of Barleywine. Sharp in general profile with hardly a note of sweetness. Thin in body. Long fragrant and bitter aftertaste. Nose is just beery with a touch of pine.

Well, it's a bargain for a big ale, but it's kind of hot and prissy. Not rich enough for sipping. More on the medicinal side.

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Old Boardhead Barleywine Ale (Brewmaster Reserve 2011) from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
81 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.