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RATINGS: 722   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78/5   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

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4.2
madsberg (11773) - Søborg, DENMARK - OCT 20, 2004
Bottled: Beautiful orange coloure. Unclear. Huge beige head. Herbal, spicy and with a good alcahol character in the aroma. Flavour is malty and sugary with some hoppy notes. Again there is a subtle alcahol note in the background. Complex and wellmade. Ends with a light bitterness and a pleasant alcaholwarming/burnt. Thanks Bück Dich for trading this fine brew.

3.6
deyholla (11759) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 15, 2010
2007 bottle thanks to Sean. Poured a hazy orange amber with a near white head at that dissipated quickly to the the edges. Aroma was full of malt with grain, bread, caramel and a slight toffee note coming through. The flavor was also full of malt with the notes listed above, especially with caramel and toffee giving the beer a sweet finish.

4.2
hopscotch (11161) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2008 Bottle... This beer rocks!... Oh boy. After a night of mediocrity, this one hits the spot. Actually, the Full Sail Rip Curl was the only other non-mediocre beer. The aroma is intense. So many things in there. First off, it’s fruity. Michigan cherries and dark fruits (dates, prunes). Very malty with notes of red wine and port. Also detected: vanilla, alcohol and saltwater taffy. A beautiful beer. Slightly hazy, ruby/copper-colored ale. Large yeast particles are there, but few and far between. The small, fizzy, khaki-colored head diminishes fully and quickly. No lacing. The flavor is complex. Malty/sweet and pungent up front with bursts of port and cherries. Tart and slightly bitter on the backside. Warm alcohol throughout. Full-bodied with an oily/silky mouthfeel. Soft carbonation. A short, dry, tart finish. The alcohol is there, but well-disguised. Excellent barley wine!

4.1
daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 5, 2009
JW77 with a nice barleywine...thanks John. Pours a nice amber color with a small white head. Caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and some floral hops make up the aroma. What a great balance between sweet malt and a deft touch of hops. Really a gem.

3.5
kp (10882) - 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

4.5
DocLock (10725) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 28, 2005
03 Reserve. Big thanks to Brock_Landers. Brock sent me 3 or 4 top 100 beers. This one is turbid deep copper with minimal head (no deductions due to high ABV). Aroma of malt, dark fruit, cognac, hops, gingerbread, black pepper. Not as intense as the HOTD Doggie Claws aroma, but I give both 9s. Tastes very malty, fruity, with hops, dark fruit, some toffee, cognac. This one is a bit more refined and balanced than the Doggie Claws, but not as "in your face" intense. Dense finishing palate, with a somewhat krieky finish, and also a hit of rauch. I can’t decide whether this or Doggie Claws is better. They are both great. This one is a tuxedoed, smooth, finessed barleywine, while the Doggie Claws is a rough around the edges, long haired hippie. Both have their purpose, and as far as I’m concerned, they are both at the top of the genre. My 2nd 4.5 rating for a Barleywine tonight. Dare I try the Avery The Beast next!!!?? Stay tuned, fans. I may need a Goddamn stretcher! Yeah man!

3.3
cubs (10639) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 7, 2011
Bottle @ Dan’s house. Hazy reddish orange appearance with a tan head. Touch toasty malty, somewhat citrusy, earthy, lightly floral hoppy aroma. Floral, herbal hoppy, citrusy, fairly rich toasty malty flavor. I’m a little disappointed.

2.5
BVery (10609) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JUN 29, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2013 BOTTLE: amber/orange pour, aroma of caramel and fruit. Fruity hop & malt taste. Not my favorite style of beer, but this was okay.

3.4
jercraigs (10591) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 23, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2006 2005 Vintage Rated December 2006. Red-amber body with a smallish tan head. Slightly perfumey floral hops up front are overtaken by alcohol as it warms. Rough bitter hops turn astringent in the finish as it joins with the alcohol. Average palate. Not unpleasant but a fairly roughly hewn barleywine. 7+/3/7/3/14 - 3.4 <P> Reserve 1999 100799 bottle rated April 2006. Amber body with a smallish head. Interesting aroma is tough to decipher, light caramel and muted hops. Light bitterness is a bit rough, pleasant grainy malt in the middle. Less hoppy than expected, but that could partly be the age. Medium palate has lost some carbonation. Not quite what I was expecting, less intensely hoppy than I thought it would be. Curious to compare it to a younger version now. Thanks to the trader who I have forgotten! 6/2/7/4/15 - 3.4

3.5
KimJohansen (10509) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - JAN 6, 2010
Hazy amber with a tiny white head. Sweet aroma with toasted malt, caramel and and ripe fruits. Sweet flavour with toasted malt, caramel, pine and hoppy notes. Quite vinious.


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