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Old Bounder | Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro

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Old BounderOld Bounder

Brewed by:
Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro
Washington, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.60%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-17-2006

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Reviews: 22 | Ratings: 39
Reviews by carln26:
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3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The color was dark copper to amber, and topped by a thin tan head. The nose has light caramel, mild citrus orange, and a little bourbon on the finish. The flavor was a combination of mild citrus and floral hop, dark caramel, vanilla, and just thee lightest touch of bourbon. I don't believe this beer is oak-aged, but I definitely get some of this bourbon barrel character. It's subtle, but it's there. The finish is just a touch harsh. This is a beer that could use some aging. Nice stuff, just needs some time.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of LXIXME
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mdaschaf
3.64/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sammy
3.28/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very alcoholic aroma
Pours light, thin yeast head..that makes it darker and
Darker as it sits in glass
Malt, scotch, a Sipper
Unpleasantly Bitter aftertaste, not enough balance
Date,fig. I found it had somethng but was unfinishable.Too much alcohol in palate that wouldn't be integrating, wouldn't go down
thanks Dr. Jay
Had again 4.5 years later, not very good for the style, some coconut.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber, scooped at the brewery a few weeks back

A relatively standard barleywine - rich garnet body with some filmy lace. Big dark fruits - plum, cherry, apple. Wood, earth, booze. Perfectly fine, but nothing too innovative here. At $6.99 a bomber, kind of hard to complain here.

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Photo of cougarbait
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Kevlee722
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of boogyman
1.5/5  rDev -62%

Photo of ritzkiss
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber of 2005 vintage, brought by Derek to Rob's great barleywine tasting - thanks Derek!

Pours a dark auburn, not much head and even a swirl around the glass fails to raise much of anything - guess the carb is on the downward swing.

Nose is classic barleywine, how it should be done. Balanced yet rich caramel, toffee, raisins, faint grassiness still.

This has smoothed out really nice, a very drinkable barleywine at this point. Caramel, bread, toffee, earth, raisins, light nuttiness, still a faint hop presence, light alcohol in the finish. Smooth and full mouthfeel without being overpowering or cloying, sweetness balanced by a nice earthy dryness. This was one of the highlights of the night!

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Photo of gnaztee
5/5  rDev +26.6%

Photo of sukwonee
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of flexabull
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber color with a very nice off white head.

Aromas are of dark ripe fruits, plums, strong grains, and some earthy hops.

Taste is very full flavored, but not overwhelming. Grainy, with some toasted nuts, hints of rye, oak, and dark fruit sweetness. Finish is slightly dry and crisp, with some earthy bitter hops.

Mouthfeel is very good. Nice and smooth, very full feeling too.

Drinkability is surprisingly easy. This is a very nice Barleywine, I was impressed by this one. Well done Boundary Bay.

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Photo of John_M
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This has always been a favorite barleywine of mine. Was very happy to see it on tap at the brewpub a while back.

The beer pours a coffee color brown color with good head retention and lacing. As expected, the beer is very sweet and malty on the nose, but with hints of underlying citrus from the hops. The flavors on the palate replicate the nose, but that sweetness is backed up with some firm hoppiness. The beer is quite rich with flavors of vanilla, butterscotch, coffee and cherry. The mouthfeel is quite plush, and the beer has a long, smooth finish. The beer is pretty drinkable, but with some noticeable warming from the abv.

A very nice beer from Boundary Bay.

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Photo of Derek
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I picked it up from the brewpub in Dec '05, same time I got the one for Jay (tasted by Sammy & Viggo as well). Going by their reviews, this has aged REALLY well.

A: Amber-brown, light tan head, very little retention or lace.

S: PINE, toffee, sherry & a little fruit-bread.

T: Piney, resiny hops are assertive all the way through. Mild toffee sweetness is overpowered by the hop bitterness. Dark fruit and some quality malt in the background. Although the hops seem to have mellowed, they still dominate.

M: Full body is surprisingly quite creamy; modest carbonation; some acidity. For an American barley wine, the mouthfeel doesn't get better than this.

D: If you love hops & bitterness, it's a good drinker. A bomber will get you bombed!

After a long day at work this was perfect. It paired REALLY well with some left-over, spicy baked beans (with pork).

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Photo of Kopfschuss
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of czechsaaz
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

'03 Vintage

Nice pine hop aroma with a ton of malt behind it. I get caramel and honey and vanilla aromas.

Reddish brown, clear with a small head that leaves a little ring around the rim of the glass.

Lots of brown sugar and caramel malt flavor. Good fruity fermentation and yeast character. There's also a little bit of phenolic that comes off as smoky. Lots of complexity.

Big bodied with an appropriate light carbonation level.

Really nice beer, very drinkable at 3+ years old.

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Photo of Viggo
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a burnt brown, clear, small off white head forms, goes pretty quick and leaves some spotty lace. Smell is very malty, figs and dark fruits, some alcohol, lots of toffee, little bit of chocolate. Taste is similar, lots of figs and toffee, some molasses, alcohol finishes it out, lots of bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation. Bitterness was a little bit unbalanced but I thought the malt was well done, would have again, and my parents live 20 minutes from the brewpub, a trip is in order. Thanks DrJay!

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Photo of Moose90
3.69/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2014 Vintage served on-tap in 2016, nearly two years old to the day.

A — Pours a leathery caramel hued amber into the glass. There is a creamy beige colored head that forms with some agitation. Manages to leave behind some sticky bits of lace along the inside of the small glass.

S — Smell is slightly sweet, but offers great dark malt and fruit notes, loads of caramel and maple syrup on the nose balanced with a plummy and jammy note as well.

T — Taste is smooth, mellow, balanced and harmonious, big notes of autumn maple, toasted caramel, toffee, pecan, peanut brittle, nougat, dark fruits, plums, dates, figs, jammy.

M — Full bodied, sticky, warming and boozy finish.

O — Fantastic overall, I can only imagine what this same beer would be like if it spent a year (or more), in Bourbon barrels. This beer is rather raw and syrupy when fresh, but man with a couple years on it, fantastic.

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Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Erik-P
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brentk56
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: A fast fading head sits atop the caramel colored liquid, turning quickly into a ringlet though the lacing is impressive, with many dots, strands and legs

Smell: Caramel, dark and stone fruits and earthy hops

Taste: Malt forward, with a combination of caramel, fig, pear and nuts; grows more fruity, in the middle, with the hops arriving as well, adding an earthy bitterness; quite brash, after the swallow, with the bitterness a bit too much for the malty flavors

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, with moderate carbonation and some warmth in the gullet

Overall: A nice flavor profile but I think it lacks some depth in the malt and is overrun, at this stage, by the hops (not sure of the bottling date but it is within 6 months old, I would guess); perhaps things will change over time

Thanks, kemoarps, for the opportunity

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Bfarr
3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Ol' Bounder is a clear, dark umber with a thin brown head. It has an overpowering alcohol aroma with just a hint of a little something else underneath. There is a good taste underlying the barley/alcohol flavor. Anise, toffee, and what seemed to be figs. The mouthfeel is a thick, sweet molasses that coats the mouth and seems to hide some of the flavors if it isn't sipped and had with food. It is fairly well balanced although slightly on the acidic side.

From other reviews, the on tap version is much better. The taster I received that made me buy the bottle did seem to have a little something extra that this was missing. I guess I'll just have to wait until next time.

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Photo of DrJay
3.62/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mostly clear, deep ruby/amber colour with a spotty, light tan head. Caramel and figs in the aroma along with mild hops and prominent alcohol. Rich toffee and caramel flavour barely keeps up with the aggressive bitterness. Fresh, green hops in the middle. Alcohol is quite forward here as well. The bitterness and a bit of molasses really linger. Decent texture and body with moderately low carbonation. It ends up being quite dry, both from the intense hopping and strong alcohol. This barleywine is still quite young. It's brash character should mellow a bit with some aging. Thanks for the pick-up Derek!

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Photo of benbjb
3/5  rDev -24.1%

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Old Bounder from Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro
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