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)
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: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by mactrail on 06-01-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
43
Reviews:
15
Avg:
3.56
pDev:
16.29%
 
 
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1
Gots:
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1.25/5  rDev -64.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

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3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of soulfly1492
3/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

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Photo of Reaper16
3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

*thanks to JohnGalt1 for the extra!*
22oz. bomber served into a snifter

Pours a shade of orange-brown that is pretty much a dead ringer for a penny. It's coppery and somewhere in between opaque and translucent. I mean, it seems opaque enough, but if you hold the glass to direct light you can see your fingers through the body. 3/4 of a finger of head dissipates pretty quickly. What head is left is buttermilk in color with spotty lacing. Seems pretty good looking for the style.

This beer has a very hoppy aroma, and the hops contribute the most complexity here. Pinecone and a quick flash of red fruits characterize the hops here. These aromas help to brighten a malt-bill that strays too close to one-note sweetness. Some snickerdoodle cookie and some caramel malts and that's about it. It works, certainly, but a more complex malt profile would elevate this beer.

The aspects of the aroma that hold it back become definite flaws on the palate. The lack of a malt complexity, dominated by caramel malts, leads this beer to tasting more like an East Coast double IPA than a barleywine. The hops are juicy and bitter, but not complex like they'd be in a proper IIPA either. So, basically, this beer tastes way too straightforward (and yet, simultaneously, it tastes awkwardly) to amount to anything good. Plus, the whole combination has something of a plasticity & medicinal tone to it on the finish.

This is medium-bodied for a barleywine. It isn't all that thick, but it is somewhat luxurious feeling. It's definitely not dry, that's for sure. Overall, this is an average barleywine at best. It has some things going for it, and it is far, far from undrinkable, but it just doesn't achieve what it wants to achieve.

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3.04/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

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3.29/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of mactrail
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 22 oz bottle into a Scotch Ale glass at cellar temperature. $3.99 at Grapevine Liquor in Denver.

Attractive amber color, head is adequate. Pleasantly carbonated. Label notes Centennial and Crystal hops. Seems very bitter to me. Definitely not the malty and rich style of Barleywine. Sharp in general profile with hardly a note of sweetness. Thin in body. Long fragrant and bitter aftertaste. Nose is just beery with a touch of pine.

Well, it's a bargain for a big ale, but it's kind of hot and prissy. Not rich enough for sipping. More on the medicinal side.

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Photo of weerezboy
3.34/5  rDev -6.2%
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

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3.35/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of FanofHefe
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of injuredreserve
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of DaveONan
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of imperialking
3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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3.56 out of 5 based on 43 ratings.
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