Old Bridge Rider (Brouwer's Cafe 7th Anniversary Beer) | Fremont Brewing Company

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Old Bridge Rider (Brouwer's Cafe 7th Anniversary Beer)Old Bridge Rider (Brouwer's Cafe 7th Anniversary Beer)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Fremont Brewing Company
Washington, United States
fremontbrewing.com

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
We are a family-owned microbrewery founded in 2009 to brew small-batch artisan beers made with the best local ingredients we can find. Located in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle, we turn wine into beer, dream into Haiku, yodel in Esperanto and drink more Underberg than the Brouwer's Matts. To celebrate the 7th Anniversary of the Iconic Fremont Beer Haven, Brouwer's, we brewed this monster English Barleywine with floor-malted Maris Otter barley and Noble hops. Half was aged in bourbon barrels for 6 months, blended back together, bottled, and then we waited... and waited... for 16 months... through both the 7th and 8th Anniversaries. Now it is ready. Of course, please age this beer, but do try it today, and keep in mind, Brouwer's is not your typical beer mecca and this is not your typical American Barleywine.

Added by draheim on 02-23-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
88
Reviews:
14
Avg:
4.36
pDev:
7.57%
 
 
Wants:
71
Gots:
22
For Trade:
3
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Ratings: 88 |  Reviews: 14
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3.14/5  rDev -28%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kjkinsey
3.58/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of XmnwildX12
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mdaschaf
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.17/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep amber. Not much head. A few wisps.

Smell - Bourbon. A grapefruit citrus aroma. Hops? Lots of caramel.

Taste - Caramel, bourbon. Some oak. Almost like an orange liqueur flavor. Could be the hops, but everyone at this tasting thinks I'm stupid fot suggesting grapefruit hops are giving it that flavor.

Mouthfeel - Slick and sweet. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Very nice. Unique orange flavor.

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Photo of Zaphog
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of rab53
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Gonzoillini
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.51/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an Elysian snifter. Pours a hazy burnt caramel amber with a fine, half finger light tan head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of intense caramel malt, caramel, plum juice, faint hops. Flavor follows, with caramel, caramel malt, brown sugar (the most distinct brown sugar I can remember in a beer), dark fruit juice, vanilla, bourbon, a light oakiness and a light hop finish. This is delicious. Nice creamy medium body. Very well balanced and tasty. Hits all the right English barleywine notes. A bit on the sweet side and although warming, covers the high ABV very well. I look forward to cellaring this barleywine and revisiting it over the years.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4.66/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ShanePB
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours a dark burgundy color with crimson and purple highlights with a nice dirty white cap. While the cap was not that big its not suppose to be for this style. However, mine did have some great head retention leaving a few rings of lacing and a ring around the edges.

S: The nose is big and sweet. Score! I picked up on bourbon soaked dark fruits, some faint vanilla and wood, layers of candy and a light roastiness to it, but very light. I have a chubby already.

T: What can I say. The first thing that came to mind was "wow". Initial sweet with a light underlying toast ushering in bourbon soaked raisins and plums. The barrel brings the vanilla , "oakiness" and booze(which might I had is well masked under layers of flavor). About midway the candy picks up and it becomes sweet, on the brink, where I like it, not to sweet but a decadent sweetness. This beers flavor profile seemed to keep going and going....the finish was a bit sticky, sweet with some toasted notes and underlying vanilla.

M: Robust and full bodied just as it should be. Carbonation was spot on. The mouthfeel was a bit sticky sweet but hearty and warming. The flavors just linger on the palate providing an exceptional mouthfeel.

O: This beer is in the my top tier of BA English bwines to date. I have long awaited this little gem and it was worth the wait. I'm glad I stocked up on this because this thing has legs and potential. It's sexy, decadent and dangerous. I'm traditionally not a "homer" as I give some pretty harsh ratings and tongue-lashings to a lot of local breweries and company but this beer is legit.

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Photo of beertunes
3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Erik-P
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of drummermattie02
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of cosmicevan
4.51/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed from a barrage tulip snifter.

a - brew pours a deep chestnut brown with a cream colored fizzy head that didn't hang around but could be rebuilt. Slippery spotty lace.

s - nose is incredible. Leads with a sweet liquid caramel glazed with some woody bourbon heat.

t/m/o - like all great BA barleys the most notable thing about this one is the body. Silky smooth, rich in flavor but not too heavy. Liquid caramel and toffee with giant oak notes and a glazing of bourbon...raw bourbon, like backwoods bastard. Really nice, really drinkable. ISO more of this! Top tier!

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4.24/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to libbey for this one...

A: Pours a deep dark ruby red, almost brown, with a thin light khaki colored head. The foam fades to a thin ring along the edges of the glass, and there is no lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is sweet malt, caramel, mild toffee, mild fruit, mild roast, and alcohol. It smells like a delicious barrel aged english barleywine.

T: It starts out sweet and roasty with malt, caramel,and charred oak. The sweets intensify in the middle as some vanilla flavors begin to hit the palate. The finish is syrupy sweet with caramel and toffee, but there is a bitter char component mixed with stinging alcohol and I get a touch of soy sauce in here as well.

M: Full bodied beer. It's sticky and coating to start and coats the palate all the way to the finish. The residual sweetness mixes well with the boozy finish, leaving the mouth saturated for a bit after the beer is gone.

O: Solid english barleywine. The barrel treatment isn't over the top, but it's more intense than some smoother barleywines like Sucaba or MOAS. I like this beer, and I am happy to have tried it, but I don't know if I'd ever seek it out again.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of kmanjohnson
4.92/5  rDev +12.8%

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Old Bridge Rider (Brouwer's Cafe 7th Anniversary Beer) from Fremont Brewing Company
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