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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-17-2006

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Ratings: 40 |  Reviews: 22
Photo of boogyman
1.5/5  rDev -62%

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3/5  rDev -24.1%

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 ccrida
3.4/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2005 vintage, listed at 10% at the Uber Tavern in Seattle, WA. Served from draught into a snifter, Old Bounder is a hazy dark garnet with a small egg-shell head that leaves medium lace.

The aroma is heavy with the recognizable maltiness of BW, caramel and booze, like rice pudding.

The taste is pretty heavy on the fusels, with a strong amount of dry alcohol character, behind which lies some spice, plastics and noble hop bitterness. While age has smoothed it out, it's still pretty astringent.

The mouthfeel is pretty smooth but still a bit thick, medium bodied .

This has just a bit to many phenols to be really drinkable, but still, I can tell I'm lucky to be drinking one with some time on it.

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

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 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 carln26
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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Photo of RedDiamond
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A big maroon-colored beer with an uncommonly sweet aroma of dried and fresh fruit. The smell and taste ring with vivid notes of strawberry backed by a hearty hops infusion and strong bittering.

Bounder is a wide-bodied ale with engaging winter spice elements, sluggish carbonation, and no untoward heat from alcohol. Very nice, though I suspect a year in the cellar might round out some sharper contours.

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Photo of Kopfschuss
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of ezperkins2
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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

Photo of Briken
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 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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Photo of jdense
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2009 vintage, shared with colleague 5.4.12.

Clear amber brown body with minimal head, pretty still. Light raisins, and molasses dominate the nose. Fairly sweet taste, burnt brown sugar, golden raisins, some citrus hops subsumed by the sweetness. Medium mouthfeel, very little effervescence, but not cardboard aromas or skank mouthfeel. The bottle, while tasty, may have been a bit past its prime, but it was fairly tasty.

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

Photo of cougarbait
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of sukwonee
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of sloelco
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +1.3%

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Old Bounder from Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro
3.95 out of 5 based on 40 ratings.
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