Smacky (71) - San Clemente, California, USA - JUN 24, 2003
Incredible. This beer will kick you in the head if you're not careful. The nose is potent, exuding powerful hops and a forward maltiness. The color looks intense, as it is a deep, ruby copper color (if that makes sense). Lots of fruity ester in the nose presage an intense, full flavor profile: malt, a melange of hops, some interesting fruit (bing cherries, berries) and chocolate. A very interesting drinking experience. Two 22 oz. Old Boardheads will send you over the falls. shaeffbser (70) - Vail, Colorado, USA - JUN 6, 2003
red copper colorwith malty, fruity, berry aroma. malty tangy taste. Alcoholic, med carbonation palate. great beer. CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 3, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2004 Reserve '03 sampled on 5/25/2004: I rerated this, because I thought I had a bad bottle the first time. I was mistaken. This has a certain sourness to it that does not belong in a barleywine. Nice hop presence and caramel malty sweetness, but the acidity is very off-putting. Perhaps I've just been unlucky enough to run across two soured bottles. I wish I could find a good bottle, but for now I won't be spending any more money on this one.
Reserve '01 sampled on 6/3/2003: Pours a light brown with ruby red hues and a thin coating of small-bubbled head. Complex sweet caramel malty aroma with some floral hoppy notes abounds. Some sweet malt and cherry flavor is almost immediately covered by an oily sourness. Sadly, this bottle may have passed its prime. Smooth oily and viscous mouthfeel hides the alcohol very well. Finished sticky, dry, oaky, and tart. I only wish I had tried this sooner. It shows great potential. loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - MAY 13, 2003
Bold orange color with a nice contrasting bright white head. The aroma was sweet for sure...big maltiness, apricot or peach tones, hops bitterness...some grapefruit, pine trees. The flavor was superb...big malty character...toffee/caramel, peach, maple syrup, hops bitterness...grapefruit. The feel was super thick (for a barley wine), syrupy, very sticky (my lips were sticky afterwards.) Very wet, sticky finish. Awesome. TChrome (1481) - North Richland Hills, Texas, USA - MAY 11, 2003
Well balanced barleywine. Pours up very reddish color, off white head that diminishes quickly. Nice aroma with noticable alcohol. Significantly sweet on the front end. Finishes with a small dose of hops, but the experience is mostly malty sweetness. Pretty good.
Uglyradio (790) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - MAY 7, 2003
This barleywine pours a deep, reddish amber color with a small, diminishing white head. It has a strong aroma of malts, fruits, and alcohol with a touch hops. Full body with low carboantion, the flavor is malty and fruity up front with hints of plums and raisons. The finish is fruity and malty at first and then a very mild hoppiness kicks in. This one is very smooth and wonderfully balanced. The ABV is well hidden in the flavor. An excellent barleywine. lunaticharness (183) - Torrance, California, USA - MAY 5, 2003
a great barleywine, not the best though, good flavor, complex, spicy, sweet, wonderful erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - APR 27, 2003
Pours a deep ruby with almost no head. Essence of raisins and other dried fruits, too many to count. Wonderful mouthfeel with a very quenching palate. Extremely well balnced. Only downfall is that as it warms the sweetness becomes cloying. I thing more hops would remedy that. JorisPPattyn (10122) - BELGIUM - APR 20, 2003
(2001) Chestnut; brown-yellow head, not very ample. Nose gives preserved fruit (confits), ginger, "Grand Marnier". Some hops seem to struggle to come trough. Taste: sweet-sourish-bitter. WOW! Some balance, some impression. A bit harsh, resiny finish, though. very chewy mouthfeel. Slight alcohol impression, very masked. In the aftertaste, the taste of confited orange or Gr. Marnier (much less sweet) reappears, to stay long. A better-than-average, very American Barley Wine. 21iceman40 (1735) - 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.