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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-17-2006

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Photo of Prager62
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A bomber with no date but label states World Beer Cup 2016 silver award. A generous BA sent this to me last year. Poured in a mug for the review.

Look- Pours a transparent amber color leaving a small finger of off white foam. It settles to a thin layer with some sparse lacing left behind. Suspended particles can be seen drifting about.

Smell- Caramel, toffee, some pine and citrus. A bit of alcohol in the back.

Taste- Sweet caramel and toffee followed by some citrus. There's a pleasant floral finish.

Feel- Resiny oil with a slightly bitter hop bite.

Overall- A flavorful hoppy barleywine that still packs a punch a year later. I imagine this would cellar really well given how it's tasting now. I'm glad I had the chance to try this. Thanks beertunes for sending it!

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of snaotheus
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle split between a pair of tulips. 345 D-1 1316 is printed on the bottom, but I don't know what it means. Had it on tap at Boundary Bay a month or two ago, and loved it at the time, and bought a bottle to take home. I'm not sure this is the same year as the one I had on tap, but I thought it was supposed to be.

Pours a dark amber with a slight ruby tinge, a medium to small head, and lots of fine slow carbonation. Smell is rich, boozy, sweet and woody, overripe plums or cherries.

Taste is a nice contrast between sweetness and bitterness. They're there in roughly balanced proportions, but they exist almost separately. This tastes much better than it sounds. There's some coffee bitterness and a strong caramel sweetness, there's woody bite and the alcohol itself (noticeable, but not dominant). There's a strong piney bitterness in the finish. There's more of a fruity sweetness, maybe dates or raisins.

Mouthfeel is thick and comfy. Overall, this is a very good barleywine.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mdaschaf
3.64/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Moose90
3.69/5  rDev -5.9%
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 Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Erik-P
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of sukwonee
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of gnaztee
5/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of Kopfschuss
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of ezperkins2
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of brentk56
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
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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1.5/5  rDev -61.7%

Photo of dirtylou
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
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 benbjb
3/5  rDev -23.5%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Kevlee722
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of jdense
3.92/5  rDev 0%
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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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of beefandbean22
5/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage

A: Poured a deep amber color with a thin white head.

S: Caramel malt and dried fruits make up the nose. I also noticed some espresso or maybe even some bourbon.

T: The taste has a nice toffee flavor, very malty as I like it. It has a great amount of bitterness. Well hopped and well balanced with dried fruit in there, maybe raisins, prunes or even figs. Cherry, sherry,

M: The deep malts really leave a great mouthfeel.

O: Impressibe

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Old Bounder from Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 41 ratings
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