Old Boardhead Barleywine Ale (Brewmaster Reserve 2011) - Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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3.71/5 rDev +6%
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.
11-26-2013 15:58:30 | More by StonedTrippin
3.3/5 rDev -5.7%
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.
06-01-2011 04:00:11 | More by mactrail
3.9/5 rDev +11.4%
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...
01-27-2014 22:08:11 | More by beergoot
3.58/5 rDev +2.3%
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.
08-16-2012 01:55:32 | More by JohnnyBarman
2.98/5 rDev -14.9%
*thanks to JohnGalt1 for the extra!*
22oz. bomber served into a snifter
Pours a shade of orange-brown that is pretty much a dead ringer for a penny. It's coppery and somewhere in between opaque and translucent. I mean, it seems opaque enough, but if you hold the glass to direct light you can see your fingers through the body. 3/4 of a finger of head dissipates pretty quickly. What head is left is buttermilk in color with spotty lacing. Seems pretty good looking for the style.
This beer has a very hoppy aroma, and the hops contribute the most complexity here. Pinecone and a quick flash of red fruits characterize the hops here. These aromas help to brighten a malt-bill that strays too close to one-note sweetness. Some snickerdoodle cookie and some caramel malts and that's about it. It works, certainly, but a more complex malt profile would elevate this beer.
The aspects of the aroma that hold it back become definite flaws on the palate. The lack of a malt complexity, dominated by caramel malts, leads this beer to tasting more like an East Coast double IPA than a barleywine. The hops are juicy and bitter, but not complex like they'd be in a proper IIPA either. So, basically, this beer tastes way too straightforward (and yet, simultaneously, it tastes awkwardly) to amount to anything good. Plus, the whole combination has something of a plasticity & medicinal tone to it on the finish.
This is medium-bodied for a barleywine. It isn't all that thick, but it is somewhat luxurious feeling. It's definitely not dry, that's for sure. Overall, this is an average barleywine at best. It has some things going for it, and it is far, far from undrinkable, but it just doesn't achieve what it wants to achieve.
08-25-2011 01:53:35 | More by Reaper16
3.4/5 rDev -2.9%
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.
10-10-2012 01:13:19 | More by FanofHefe
3.95/5 rDev +12.9%
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.
05-08-2012 01:51:23 | More by FightingEntropy
3.3/5 rDev -5.7%
Appearance: Dark Amber in colour, very little head, and some no lacing on the glass.
Smell: Rich malt smell with a faint bit of hop/floral note.
Taste: Strong hop bite that fades to a rich malt. Has a slight hint of alcohol on the palate and a return hoppy bitter in the aftertaste
Mouthfeel: medium and slightly dry
Overall:This is a decent Barley wine. It is on the lighter side for a Barley wine, nice for a relaxing evening especially for a 5er.
Serving type: bottle
01-09-2012 05:00:30 | More by weerezboy
Old Boardhead Barleywine Ale (Brewmaster Reserve 2011) from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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