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RATINGS: 717   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 91   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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A deliciously rich barleywine that has spectacular depth and delicacy of flavor that is deep and robust. Its strong, sweet body is balanced with Centennial and Crystal hops for a pleasant hoppiness and finish. Makes a great cellar beer. Available in 22oz. bottles and draught year round. ABV 9% IBU 91


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
21iceman40 (1732) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - APR 7, 2003
I like the name, boardhead. Poured a pale earthy red tone, rusty, big head though not in the mountainous fashion. Full flavor, slightly tart, red licorice is definetely present, and it has a big ass finish with a lingering slightly smokey thing going on. A sour, spicey aroma, with a hint of twizzler. A true treasure is this.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (20916) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAR 24, 2003
2001 version, bottled (at the Rate Beer gathering at Flying Saucer, Addison). Amber couloured. Cork and flower aroma. Very thick with chewy maltiness. This is hop syrup so thick it doesn't make your mouth wet. Flavourful, and rather complex, yet not extremely bitter.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nuffield (3801) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 23, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2004 Bottle, Reserve 01. Pretty smelling. Very nice barleywine, bright, syrupy, balanced, with a spicy end. "Big" is the right word for it, and for once I am really enthusiastic about a big beer. // Re-rate: I had this again, this time on tap with a '01 vintage, at the Full Sail Pilsner Room, Portland, and I wouldn't change my rating much if at all. Lovely, sippable barleywine.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - MAR 22, 2003
Bottle, 2001. Pinkish-amber. Pretty smelling, floral. Quite strong, grapefruit and Chinook hops make their presence known. Agressive as hell, wonderfully challenging but a complete palate wrecker. I can't believe we're drinking this second in a tasting of 15 beers!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Andrew196 (1095) - Katy, Texas, USA - MAR 22, 2003
(2001) Orange-red in color, slightly cloudy. Avg head on top. This b-wine is a great representation of the style IMO. Lots of alcohol and a great hoppiness to it.....very well balanced and easy to drink.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
nstal (237) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 21, 2003
Pours beautifully, very smooth, very rich, very balanced. Much like foghorn, enough quantity made to have some consistancy. Yummy

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 19, 2003
Quite thick and rich head. Alcohol evident. Good ester perception and spices as well, some nut characteristic--very drinkable.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Verne (263) - Enumclaw, Washington, USA - MAR 13, 2003
This must have been the beer the beer that Benjamin Franklin was talking about “beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy’ It’s a big beer 01 vintage and I love the smell, fruit, and malt, some flowery hops. All that and more in the taste. The very best

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 11, 2003
Fair amount of carbonation. Creamy, tight packed head. Hazy amber color. Hops and malt character in the aroma. Alcohol is warming and apparent. The hoppy bitterness is a nice addition.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
pivo (2629) - GERMANY - MAR 7, 2003
Huge beer. Starts with a great fruity and malt nose. Attractive: slighlty cloudy red-amber color and a tight creamy head. Complex tastes of toasted malt, dark fruits (raisins), and spices (cinnamon in the middle), with a peppery end. Finishes with a long hoppiness that is not overpowering like bigfoot. Fantastic balance - love it! This shows some very controlled, sophisticated brewing. Went perfect with Yogi_Beera's apple pie.


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