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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)
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3.51/5
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43 Ratings
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
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
15
Ratings:
43
pDev:
16.52%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
9
Trade:
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Ratings: 43 |  Reviews: 15
Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.71/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

this has been in the cellar for some time, dusty old bottle finally resurrected. rusty colored hazy liquid, not much head at all just come white to the swirl. nose of intense centennial hops, this must have been a bomb when it was fresh. lots of malt to the nose from red to pale to crystal to caramel, all heavy and strong. the booze surely has mellowed, hardly hot at all. I love the interaction between all those grains and the heavy hopping. its sort of a kitchen sink vibe, and it comes across intentional and delicious. I would like more bubbles though, as this gets a bit filling without them. I get some bourbon type of sweetness on the finish, even though this wasn't aged in one, as far as I know, it has that feeling to it for sure. a good barleywine overall, nothing world class, but a nice winter drink on a cold night. the first big beer ive had from full sail.

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Photo of chinchill
3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle of 2011 Reserve served in a Belgian snifter after some warming in the sealed bottle.

The hazy brown body is topped by a thin weak head that leaves minimal lacing.

Fruity appealing aroma with some biscuit and remarkably little evidence of alcohol. There's little sign of the alcohol upon tasting either ... at first; but eventually the alcohol builds and the finish and aftertaste are actually rather boozy. While the boozy finish detracts from the flavor it is overall good enough, and complex enough, to deserve a 4. More hops than expected for this style and vintage combination.

Feel: light carbonation in a medium-light body with obvious alcohol warming.

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Photo of mactrail
3.33/5  rDev -5.1%
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 mdaschaf
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of imperialking
3.56/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of beertunes
3.29/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of atone315
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of beergoot
3.89/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this one set aside for about two years...

Tawny, copper-colored body with a decent, creamy head. Rich caramel and toffee malt nose with a pinch of booze in the background; dried apricot and peach. Deep, rich malt feel and flavor with strong hop bitterness and alcohol heat at the finish; thick and vinous.

This has been a welcome surprise after letting it sit around for a while. Seems to be a fine complement to a cold, snowy winter afternoon while cooking up a BeerAdvocate potato, veggie, and sausage recipe (ref. issue #84). Yep, it has the deep appeal for a day like today and completely hits the mark for winter enjoyment. Complexity and depth to the nines...

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Photo of kwjd
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of ItsYourBoyBlue
3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of joemcgrath27
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
3.35/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of DerwinWentworth
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Beer21
4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

Photo of chefduff2
2.75/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of GrindFatherBob
2.75/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of ajzy
1.25/5  rDev -64.4%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.58/5  rDev +2%
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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Photo of laxer8811
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of OldhouseRecs
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of Reaper16
3.03/5  rDev -13.7%
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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Photo of FanofHefe
3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
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 Apellonious
3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
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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Photo of JxExM
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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Old Boardhead Barleywine Ale (Brewmaster Reserve 2011) from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
Beer rating: 3.51 out of 5 with 43 ratings
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