2010 Reserve Old Boardhead Barley Wine Ale | Full Sail Brewing Company

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2010 Reserve Old Boardhead Barley Wine Ale2010 Reserve Old Boardhead Barley Wine Ale
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2010 Reserve Old Boardhead Barley Wine Ale2010 Reserve Old Boardhead Barley Wine Ale

Brewed by:
Full Sail Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by cdkrenz on 04-24-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 31 |  Reviews: 16
Reviews by Nerudamann:
Photo of Nerudamann
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter glass.

Look - medium brown in color, hazy, with about a finger's worth of off-white and still frothy foam that dissipates pretty quickly.

Smell - sweet smelling, seemingly with a fruit base. Can't quite pick out the hops in the aroma. Smells more like a fruit juice like pomegranate juice or something similar.

Taste - the feeling of the hops...more the presence than the feeling or taste, is fell right off. But that may also be the general sense of the abv. But then the second thing is the actual bitterness of the hops felt strongly at the back of the palate. Then there's a smorgasbord of complexity in the middle, fading back into a bitter finish and subtly bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - surprisingly well-balanced, not leaning more toward the watery or creamy sides.

Overall - as always, barleywines are wonderful and intriguing to sample, and this one makes no deviation from that expectation. Very interesting and wonderfully complex.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of ds21tango
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Rutager
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a deep and hazy amber with half a finger of off white head.

Smell. Nice sweet caramel and toasty malts. Some lemons and grapefruit. Smells good.

Taste. Sweet caramel with some soft citrus flavours. A bit of booze and bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel. Full body, low carbonation.

Overall. Not bad. Still lots of hops coming through in this one.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

1 PT. 6 FL. OZ bottle
Served in a snifter

This beer pours copper in color with orange highlights. It has a slight haze and is topped with an inch of tan head that leaves very little lacing.

It smells malty but not too sweet. It has remnants of hops to keep the sweetness in check. It kind of has a tea aroma.

It has a woody taste to it. It is dry. I taste faded hops that still maintain some bitterness. The is some malt that tries to break through but just can't quite do it.

Medium mouthfeel

Dry and woody are the two terms that keep coming to my mind as I consume this beer. It would probably be better to have fresh to let the hops shine more, but the bottle said it is a cellar prospect. I got it for free from a friend who doesn't like barleywines, so the price was right.

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Photo of jerefreakinmiah
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to tulip glass. This is a review in tribute to the reviewing genius that is UCLABrewN84 :)

Look. Pours a ruby red with brownish highlights and a tan head that's about 1/4 inch high off the liquid that is known as beer

Smell. The beer smell like malt and hops with a bit if yeast.

Taste. Pretty much the same as the nose. Reminds me of beer

Mouthfeel. The body is medium and the carb is low. Just like a barley wine beer.

Overall. This beer is a solid beer. Definitely has beer characters.

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Photo of mellowmark
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. brown bottle to a Leffe Chalice. 2010 reserve. $3.49 a bottle.

Appearance: Pours a dark orange almost brown with a 1-finger creamy tan head. Moderate retention, lacing is moderate. Murky as hell. Lots of carbonation.

Smell: Dark fruits mostly with a hint of earthy hops. Reminds me a little of sweet and mild cigarillos. Grapefruit citrus. Butterscotch.

Taste: Very sweet up front. The fruit is not as present as the nose would indicate. Mostly I get a bitter hop profile after the initial sweetness dies down. The hops are dominating in the aftertaste, not much else can be detected besides a faint caramel malt. Alcohol is noticeable but not cloying.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a medium/high carbonation. Not very smooth due to the higher carbonation.

Drinkability: High

It's good. I probably won't seek it out again but I'm glad I gave it a try. Wasn't very hard considering the great price.

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Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of EricCioe
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of jmdrpi
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2010 vintage, drank in early 2018

Murky dark copper color, thin head that fades. Aroma is spicy, herbal, fruity, earthy. Taste starts sweet, caramel, raisin, then finishes dry, some sherry oxidation flavor. Low carbonation, the beer coats the tongue.

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Photo of soughtbygod
3.32/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark clear amber with a 2 finger off white foam that dicipates quickly but leaves great lacing.

The smell is faint and weak, I pick up roasted malts and caramel maybe some char

The taste is of copper, vanilla, and oak not too sold on this one.

the mouthfeel is light not carbonated enough kind of like watery syrup.

overall i have had better

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Photo of pjeezus
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of draheim
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into a snifter. First thing I'm surprised by before I even pour is all the floaties visible in the bottle. This has been sitting in the beer fridge for months.

Pours a perfect amber color w/ a 1/2 finger head that settles to a thin film. Plenty of suspended pariculates.

Aroma is dank and hoppy. Lacks the sweetness I was expecting. Herbal/floral, boozy as it warms.

Taste has the same bitter herbal hoppiness. Caramel malt, hops, a little one-dimensional. This could almost pass for an old East Coast DIPA.

Mouthfeel seems a little flat, watery, thin. Bitter on the finish.

Overall a very hop-forward barleywine, not sure it works.

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Photo of bamadog
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in a trade sometime in 2011, bottle is from 2010. Review is from notes taken on 8/13/2012 and poured from the bottle to a snifter.

Appearance: Looks nice coming out of the bottle -- warm golden and coppery hues; body is definitely murky and difficult to see through, but light definitely penetrates; carbonation is plentiful and it looks smooth and foamy; short creamy off-white/near-tan head fades quickly to a thin and uneven skim on the surface; a few strands and washes of laces stick around on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Smell is very sweet -- and I'm reminded of a candied apple; warm and still very sweet caramel malts; touch of bitter hops fight their way through and a whiff of alcohol to boot. I think the nose is quite decent and inviting - smells more like a English BW, but the hops lingering in the back lead me to believe there'll be some American in it as well...

Taste: The hops are definitely in this one, but they're just hiding out waiting to hit your tongue -- a bitter and piny aspect with a touch of metal to it; the malts a huge as well, providing a nice balance; touch of spiciness to it and the alcohol lingers on the breath. Taste is good, but not as big and robust as I was hoping for, especially since I probably traded something decent for it... hopefully not too decent, but decent enough.

Mouthfeel: Body is solid -- medium/heavy in terms of weight and it's pretty smooth and creamy; carbonation is present, and when combined with the alcoholic vapor, it has plenty of life to keep it busy; a thin, kind of dry coating is left on the roof of the mouth -- not necessarily unpleasant, but I've definitely had better.

Overall: Definitely a good beer and worth buying if it comes a reasonable price, but I wouldn't go out of my way to get it. A lot of annual offerings from other breweries are better suited to my palate (a la Bigfoot). Sipper due to the weight and ABV.

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Photo of artoolemomo
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of bob727
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of RedBiddy
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Like drinking a creamsicle in the dark. A dark ochre color with thick substantial foam. Hangs on the side of the glass and builds like pancake patter poured on a hot griddle. A whiff tells you it is sweet and good. Fruity like a cherimoya. Smooth and lingering mouthfeel. Warm and satisfying as it lands in my belly. Tasty. This is a rare bargain at only $4.29/bottle.

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Photo of BuzzLitebier
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this as part of a barley wine tasting with a good buddy of mine. Served from a bomber, it was a bright, clear copper penny color with a nice initial head. Nice lacing too, but the smell of alcohol was too strong- even though I could smell some toffee. It had a nice mouthfeel but was thinner than I expected. Very typical American barley wine from the NW with heavy duty hops- a bit much for my tastes.

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Photo of andrenaline
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ANother gem I was pleased to share with my fellow BA joemcgrath27.

A - Pours a nice dark ruby red, finger of off-white head with solid retention and lacing.

S - Some sweet citrus hops, dark caramel, cracked pepper and spices.

T - Hops hit you off the top, but a quickly followed by a solid dose of caramel. Some cloves and bananas also come through alongside a tart alcohol presence. A tasty take on the style indeed.

M - Medium bodied with smooth carbonation levels and a bitter dryness on the finish.

O - Overall a very solid example of the style and highly recommended to any fan of barley wines. I wish I had procured a few more bottles of this stuff. Full Sail has returned to my good books after this one. Delicious.

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Photo of beerhorn12
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of gkunkle
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of buckyp
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of HoistinBrews
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of cdkrenz
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Transparent copper body with a moderate amount of rising carbonation. The head starts out about half in tall and fades to an eightj of an inch but then main tains itself well in a cloak of light tan.

S - Mild hoppy aroma consisting of the grapefruit family.

T - The flavor is nice with a citrus hoppiness and a mild sweet candy taste. Mainly hops though. The flavors are mild enough for a barleywine that it doesn't cause for an overwhelming hop flavor.

M - The body is thicker than medium but lighter than heavy. This brew goes down well.

~ This is a tasty beverage and one that I'm glad to have a bottle cellared for a later date. We'll see how it ages considering the beer is good as of today. Thanks to my Oregon connection, theskinny. Cheers.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From 07/23/11 notes. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip. Assuming this is the same as the other Old Boardhead listing, but my bottle says 2010 Reserve, so throwing it here.

a - Pours a deep amber brown color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sweet fruits, citrus, hops, and light floral notes. Nice, but not what I think of when I think of a barleywine at all.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, fruity malts, alcohol, and light floral hops. Taste is very slightly bitter, and again, not what I think of from a barleywine.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Light alcohol head.

o - Overall an interesting and decent beer, but not what I consider a barleywine and something I wouldn't pick up again. A lot of hops and not much of the normal caramel/malts.

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2010 Reserve Old Boardhead Barley Wine Ale from Full Sail Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 31 ratings