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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
80
good

39 Ratings
THE BROS
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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:
Beer added by: mactrail on 06-01-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Photo of Apellonious
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
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 kwjd
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of JxExM
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of ajzy
1.25/5  rDev -64.2%

Photo of OldhouseRecs
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of DonDirkA
4.2/5  rDev +20.3%
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 FanofHefe
3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of DerwinWentworth
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Caleb
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of soulfly1492
3/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Aroma: Dark malt. Some bitterness. Moderate dark fruity esters. Mild chocolate and brown malt. The hops add some mild orange citrus. Caramel and bready.

Appearance: Light brown with orange highlights. Very hazy. No individual particles visible. Head is small, off-white color. Little retention, some lacing.

Taste: A bit thin but quite a lot of bite. Slightly sweet, followed by bold bitter malt and hops. Odd to have so much bitterness from malt. Hops are some pine and mild floral notes. Alcohol at the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body. Watery. Finishes barely dry. Low carbonation.

Overall: I knew right away this was going to be a less than stellar brew. Almost upset that I had to drink 22 ounces of this brew. Doesn't go down easy due to the intense unpleasant bitterness. Could use lots more sweet dark malt character.

Photo of ObiWanKushnobi
2.75/5  rDev -21.2%

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.

Photo of lwillitz
4.15/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

Photo of injuredreserve
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of stpaulsipper07
4.5/5  rDev +28.9%

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 Malverson
4.5/5  rDev +28.9%

Photo of laxer8811
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of GrindFatherBob
2.75/5  rDev -21.2%

Photo of BallBearings
3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of DaveONan
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of seedsofchaos
3.04/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Received this new-to-me beer from a new-to-me brewery as an extra from Johngalt1. Thanks for allowing me the opportunity to try this!

Old Boardhead pours copper with an eggshell white head; Plenty of lingering power and decent looking legs that spiderweb around my glass through my sipping.

The first aroma is unfortunate enough with wafts reminiscent of green apples and overly carbonated homebrew. This beer most certainly is not overcarbonated so I'm curious as to where that smell comes from and why it's so overpowering. The rest of the bouquet is a bit subdued and simple with a sweet (albeit muddled) maltiness. If I try hard enough, I can almost imagine caramel malts and a bit of roast in there.

Flavor comes off quite differently entirely. I think that this barleywine could really come into its own (flavor wise) with a few years on it. Fresh, however, the hops are a bit over-the-top. Earthy, yes... Mostly piney. Anything above room temperature really brought out the piney and sappy nature of the hops and they overshadowed some of the malt profile. Underneath these thick and oily hops, however, was a bit of charred leather, burnt figs and plums and burnt candied sugar. A bit of rich tobacco for good measure and there you have it. I really wish, looking back now, that I would have sat on this for a bit as the overwhelming piney bitterness really could have been dismissed with a bit of time on this bottle.

Overall, I can't say this is a bad beer but I can't say it was impressive either. A smooth enough mouthfeel and hidden alcohol make Old Boardhead easy enough to drink. My biggest issues with this barleywine is a bit too much of the playing on the burnt/char aspect on the fruitiness that manages to struggle its way through the hops and, quite honestly, the overly bitter nature that seems to detract from the star of the show.

Photo of weerezboy
3.34/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Beer21
4.5/5  rDev +28.9%

Photo of johnhenryconway
4/5  rDev +14.6%

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