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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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (16144) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 17, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2014
2014-01-06, bottle from QFC - Seattle (Ballard), vintage 2011, 2 years old, 7-4-7-3-14=35
Cloudy amber color with small head. The aroma is a bit nutty, and there is some fudge. Full bodied, round, sweet without excess; the malt has a nutty accent; correct bitterness. A bit British, but also somehow shallow for a Barley Wine.

2011-07-08, bottle from Magnum Cigar, Phoenix; vintage 2008, 3 years old, 7-4-7-2-13=33
Beautiful red-amber color; medium sized creamy head. Mild aroma of caramel, nuts, light malt. The body is medium structured, less than expected for a Barley Wine; there is a strong nutty caramel flavor, not much malt, not much sweetness; strong bitterness, even a bit too much in the end.
Unbalanced and off target.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (14274) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 6, 2010
Bottle at Řlbaren - Thanks ???Cloudy amber/red - offwhite head. Sweetness, soapy, caramel, fruity, coconut notes, raisins, candy, bitterness, sharpness, barley, citric. OK.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TBone (13700) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Oakes (13271) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (12135) - 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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bu11zeye (12112) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
argo0 (11957) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (11683) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (11359) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 9, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2015 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. 2.9 150308-Full sail old boardhead 06-22oz bottle. Some spruce/phenols. 737313=3.3

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kp (10884) - 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

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