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

BA SCORE
86
very good
380 Ratings
Old Boardhead Barleywine AleOld Boardhead Barleywine Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Murph on 05-14-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
380
Reviews:
288
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
11.95%
 
 
Wants:
37
Gots:
21
For Trade:
1
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Photo of stevoj
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2012 vintage in 22 oz. bottle Darker amber with thin beige head. Wine like malty aroma with alcohol very much in the forefront. Some oak barrel, peat and caramel. Taste (once past the alcohol heat) is malt, caramel and some spiciness. Excellent winter quaff. Recently sampled 2007 vintage also, ages wonderfully.

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Photo of Scott17Taylor
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.31/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Them mahogany and auburn and crimson red notes all together to make this color up. Lots of caramel sweetness in the aroma, hops later.

This one straddles that line between English and American barleywine, I think it has more of the sweetness and lesser hop character that leans slightly English. Viscosity of a caramel/syrup/molasses vein. A little bit of toffee contributing to the English feels.

A little bit of dark fruit bitterness, not full on quad or RIS like, but you know. One the one hand this is an inexpensive bomber and big beer, but on the other hand, its still a bomber instead of the more convenient (and cheaper) 12 oz format.

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Photo of KensWorld
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2012 reserve bottle. Pours a non appealing mudy brown leaving almost no head. Still has nice carbonation with plenty of boubles. Smell is not to impressive either. Slight malty nose. I was never expecting the taste to be any better, but wow was I wrong. Tastes wonderful, extremely mellow and smooth leaving Carmel, toffy, vanilla and honey notes. Semi Sweet malty aftertaste. Seems to be getting even better as it warms. Overall I'm very impressed by this barleywine, it's one of the smoothest I've tried yet. 3 years has aged this beer to perfection. the 4.50

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Photo of dshansen1184
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pat61
4.69/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Slight chill haze clears as it warms to a brilliant deep amber to chestnut under a rapidly dissipating ½” off white foam collar that grips the glass producing thin sheets of lace.
S: Sweet big vanilla caramel nose with traces of wine and alcohol
T: Not as sweet on the palate as on the nose – the finish is a cascade of fruit and candy, some citrusy hops in the finish that grow in the after taste
F: chewy, creamy, warming, lacy, medium low carbonation
O: A big, bold barley wine for evening sipping.

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Photo of Kmat10
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rspauldi
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DrBier
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerNW
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of schnarr84
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of akang
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of spinrsx
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%

Bomber from Party Source Syracuse NY for $7 - 2011 vintage

Appearance - Brown colour with a good size frothy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, anise, dark fruits

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel and hops. There is also some vanilla, anise, booze, and dark fruits.

Overall - A little less sweet than I'm used to for a barleywine, but still a nice full flavour. The hos still have some bite but the beer still seems pretty smooth; guessing the age has mellowed this one. An okay beer but not even close the the heads of the class.

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Photo of JoelClark
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of MikeDAdams
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of Yeti1979
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of wrightst
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of SeaAle
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of mikeincharleston
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Gonzoillini
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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Old Boardhead Barleywine Ale from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
3.85 out of 5 based on 380 ratings.
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