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RATINGS: 713   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


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
cgarvieuk (13935) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 25, 2008
Bottle at home Big thanks to Douglas88 for this ... Deep copper ... wee bit sweet barley wine nose with some piney hop ... But the flavour for me is not a barley wine ... little sweet ... lots of hops very bitter ... nearly undrinkable ... appreciate getting to try it but oh no... no balance...

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (13231) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 6, 2010
Bottle at Ølbaren - Thanks ???Cloudy amber/red - offwhite head. Sweetness, soapy, caramel, fruity, coconut notes, raisins, candy, bitterness, sharpness, barley, citric. OK.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TBone (12335) - Pori, FINLAND - AUG 24, 2012
Bottled 660ml (vPBF, vintage 2011)
Deep amber color, small white head. Madeira wine, barley in the nose. Medium-bodied. Some caramel, very harsh, aggressive hoppyness, some alcohol, short finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Oakes (12167) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 3, 2003
1999 sampled end of 2002. Bright red; richly malty, syrupy aroma...peach, toffee. Still a very syrupy body, with warming malt, peach, pear...alcohol underneath it all. It’s not that I don’t like my barley wines malty (Old Woolly!) but this is a bit much, especially for its age. It should have developed some style by now - it takes more than big flavours to get over with me.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 18, 2004
(Bottle, 2003) Pours a dark copper color with a little haziness and a medium-sized, egg shell colored head. The armos is risch with hops, caramel, and alcohol. Flavors of caramel, toffee, and alcohol for a warming feeling.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
argo0 (11329) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 14, 2002
(reserve 99) Cloudy orange with small light tan head. Floaties at bottom of pour. Big hoppy aroma -- citrus mostly. Plenty of malts there too, some sweetness. The flavor is sweet and rich. Sweet rich flavor --tastes like they kept adding the malts well past the point of sanity. Also some kick ass hoppiness. The aftertaste is involuntary shudder alcohol bitter burn. Definitely a sippy, not a session, beer.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jcwattsrugger (11071) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 9, 2006
12oz bottle-pours a light tan head with hazy dark copper color with particles. Aroma is sweet fruit, malt, syrup. Taste is vanilla, sweet fruit, malt, syrup.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2009
Name: Old Boardhead
Date: October 15, 1996
Source: Brewpub
Appearance: redish amber
Aroma: sweet estery malt and nw hop aroma
Flavor: rich malt flavor with good hop bitterness, apparent esters

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 5/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 3.5/5.0
Score: **4

Name: Old Boardhead
Date: August 02, 2005
Mode: Bottle Conditioned
Source: Brewpub
Vintage: 1998
Appearance: rusty red, short lived tan head, opaque after a shot of sedement
Aroma: rich malt aroma with a nice amout of malty sweetness
Flavor: big fruit malt flavor, barley enough bitterness to add interest, a perfect blance between fruit and bitter yet big and rich, awesome

Aroma: 9/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 3.9/5.0
Score: **4

Name: Old Boardhead
Date: August 06, 2003
Mode: Bottle Conditioned
Source: Brewpub
Vintage: 2001
Appearance: red, whispy tan head
Aroma: sweet fruity aroma with a touch of earthy hops
Flavor: rich malt flavor, lots of fruity character that almost covers up a good dose of esters, just enough hops to almost keep it balanced

Name: Old Boardhead
Date: September 09, 2006
Vintage: 2001
hops have mellowed nicely to provide a good balance to the carmel and fruity malt, esters are faded to the point of being gone

Name: Old Boardhead
Date: June 09, 2007
Mode: bottle
Source: Noog 3D
Vintage: 2001
Aroma: huge fruity aroma with lots of earthy hops<br

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (10702) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 3, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2014 2nd rating on 08 bomber. 01/22/2014. Pours very hazy orange/amber with a beige smear. Aroma of light stone fruits - but a mix of over and under ripe. Nice, but strange. Med body. Flavor is malty, but the hop seems fairly oxidized. Fruity, but strange. I’d say this shouldn’t age more than 3 or 4 years - unless you like oxidation. It probably is really oxidation, but seems like it, and I don’t know what else to call it. 06 bomber. Warm aroma of ripe fruits. Translucent ruby amber color with a persistent beige head. Starts with fruit and hop. There is some sweetness, but the hop clearly dominates. Maybe some raisin hints. A bit rough, but great to drink. Initial Rating Date: 4/3/2007

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (10415) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2011
Bottle 2009 shared by alexsdad06. Poured clear copper color with a moderate frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy dark fruit, earth and small malt aroma. Medium to full body with a dry smooth texture and flat carbonation. Moderate to heavy dark fruit sweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a complex standout beer.


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