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

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Old Boardhead Barleywine AleOld Boardhead Barleywine Ale
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Old Boardhead Barleywine AleOld Boardhead Barleywine Ale

Brewed by:
Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
Oregon, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Murph on 05-14-2002

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Ratings: 381 |  Reviews: 288
Photo of Sammy
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2004 edition. A very well done barleywine, nicely hopped and malted. Cloudy peach to amber with pretty head. A great complement to the food and very quaffable. Noted caramel, citrus juice, fruit, slight licorice, candy, bittersweet great combination.
A year later had the 2005 edition and it wasn't as enjoyable, bitter.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Argonaut Liquor in Denver, CO.

2011 Reserve.

Pours the color of iced tea with a 1 inch light beige head that fades to an oily film. Random thick smears of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smells of sweet malt, tea leaves, and citrus zest. The overall smell is somewhat muted. Taste is all about the hops. Citrus zest is the dominant flavor with some herbal qualities and malt on the finish. Pretty assertive hop bitterness lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a very dry and acidic mouthfeel from the hops. Overall, a pretty good barleywine that is dominated by hop tastes. I am glad I got to pick one of these up as I have never seen it in CA.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of biboergosum
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 Reserve bomber.

This beer pours a hazy orange-amber hue, with one finger of creamy off-white head, which leaves an elevated band of lace around the glass. It smells strongly of caramel nougat malt, and citrus cream. The taste is quite in line with the aroma - sweet creamy caramel malt, orchard fruit - cherry and plum, more evident as it warms, and a very mildly astringent alcohol warming. The carbonation is pretty much AWOL, the body big, in a new-money sort of way, smooth, but still tormented by the belligerent citrus hops, which carry through the off-dry, even finish.

A very representative example of what I like in a new world barleywine. Weighty, but well divided between the dousing malt, and supportive, sanity-providing fruity, bitter hops. Still moderately crazy in its own right, and plenty drinkable by the same measure.

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3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Eric for sharing this one, review from written notes.
Served in a goblet. 2007 edition.

Reddish brown copper color, thin layer of frothy tan/brown foam. Very floral still, plenty of sweet caramel and typical aged barleywine notes of oxidized malt and sherry. Sweet upfront with big caramel malt flavors, becoming dry in the aftertaste. Big and burly, low carbonation. If anything, time has muted the alcohol bite. Not sure i'd recommend aging for 4+ years, based on this sample.

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4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reserve '07 Version (tasted 11/7/09)

Appearance: Pours a hazy copper color with a frothy white head that hangs around for the duration and leaves some good lacing all around the glass

Smell: Rich caramel aroma with some piney hop resins; the fusel alcohol detected in the younger version is nowhere to be found

Taste: Caramel, up front, but well-balanced by the piney hop bitterness; just a hint of burnt brown sugar developing by mid-palate; after the swallow, the piney bitterness builds in intensity but the sweeter malts are just a little more defined in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to thick body but not syrupy; moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Not a lot of complexity here, but a decent, straightforward hoppy barleywine that has matured nicely

Reserve '05 Version -

Appearance: Pours a hazy copper color with a frothy white head that hangs around for the duration and leaves some good lacing all around the glass (4.5)

Smell: A lot of piney hops on the nose; underneath, there is clearly some malt and fusel alcohol but the aroma is surprisingly hoppy (3.5)

Taste: Starts out with a nice toffee caramel flavor but the hops start to sneak through very quickly and dominate the middle and finish (4.0)

Mouthfeel: Medium to thick body but not syrupy; moderate carbonation (4.0)

Drinkability: This is a tasty barleywine but a bit unbalanced in favor of the hops for my tastebuds; I'd like to see a bit more sweetness in the finish (4.0)

Thanks, Oxymoron, for the opportunity.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a small, tan head of foam. It left minimal lacing.

S - Aroma is typical of American Barleywines - rich malty sweetness with some mild hop/floral aromas.

T - It tasted of some spicy hops with a rich malt backbone. Good caramel and toffee flavors.

M - It was soft and smooth with a fairly dry finish. A medium bodied barleywine.

D - This is pretty good. A great value at $4.39 for a 22oz beer.

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3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of CBA: Poured a deep orangey color ale with a medium foamy head with average retention but great lacing. Aroma of sweet malt is balance with some citrusy hops. Taste is a mix between some sweet malt that are somewhat lacking in dry fruits characteristics and some citrusy west coast hops. I usually prefer barley wine to be more of the English style and less dominated by hops and more dry figs characteristics would have been preferable. Body was quite full with some great carbonation and no alcohol was discernable.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 Vintage

Poured into pint glass.

Pours 1 finger of beige head. Decent retention but not a lot of lace. Color is a hazed ruby copper bronze-unique.

Aroma: Wow, it is pretty decent. A lot going on here. Big malt profile with mellowed out hops. Big dried fruit taste with some sweet sugar and caramel mixed in. The hops are dulled down floral smelling.

Taste: Very malty with a lot of dried fruit profiled here. A little booze shows. A lot of caramel and bready malts are present. Not a bad b-wine.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy with a little heat from the 9% abv. Medium to full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends with a fairly clean malty aftertaste. Not bad.

Overall, Full Sail did something decent here. A decent aged b-wine of a few years. For the price of this bomber, I'd easily buy more of it.

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Photo of DrBier
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.58/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2001 Vintage: Brown in color with reddish-orange highlights topped by a thick, foamy, light tan head that drops but holds a good 1/16" covering and leaves some limited lace. A medium body combines with a light carbonation to give a lightly syrupy mouthfeel.. A bold fruity flavor combines summer fruits (melons, berries) and a light amount of dark fruits, with a super malty sweetness of caramel malts and honey alongside sappy, resiny hop flavors backed by a stiff bitterness. Extremely well balanced, with alternating emphasis being given to the sweet fruitiness or the dark, sticky, pine-like hoppiness. Good complexity. Finishes nicely with a combination of the main flavors and a light licorice note, but without ever becoming cloying. The listed alcohol of 10.6% is superbly masked, giving just a not-quite-sherry character. A rich, complex, smooth and remarkably drinkable barleywine - distinct from any other with its unique hop character.

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4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 release, acquired via trade from Wasatch, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy light brown color with a large foamy off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malt, brown sugar, floral hops and a touch of alcohol.

T: The taste has a strong and complex burst of flavors that hit you right up front. There’s a lot of sweetness with flavors of brown sugar, caramel and a touch of apricot & dark fruit. There’s a strong and bitter hops presence with the flavor signature that I’ve come to know from the Full Sail beers that I’ve traded for. There’s a hearty malt character that provides a good balance. There’s also a big alcohol sting to keep you aware that you’re drinking a beer that doesn’t mess around. The after-taste is a bitter-sweet combination of all of the previously mentioned flavors.

M: Smooth and extremely crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down as easily as any beer that is as intense as this one is, not very filling, excellent representation of style, even thought there are several beers with a higher ABV, this is a good beer to relax with when you want a good swift kick in the pants due to the intensity of flavor along with the 9.00% ABV. I wasn’t sure what quite sue what to expect from this beer despite the compliments paid to it by Wasatch, but I was very pleasantly surprised.

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Photo of oberon
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

04 reserve bottle:Poured a rich bronze with a big 2 finger fluffy head that leaves sheets of lace as it settles into a nice frothy top.Whoo the Pacific NW presence hop profile is defiently in the aroma extremely piney and cedery its presence intermingles nicely with a juicy fruit and brown suger malt characterisitics.Very balanced barleywine quite sweet caramely upfront with a hint of brown suger but a real big piney,resiny hoppiness finishing alcoholic and warming.A real Pacific NW style barleywine here hopped to the tilt 91 IBU's,very tasty but one bomber is plenty for me as it sneaks up on ya.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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