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Speakeasy Brewer’s Reserve Old Godfather Barleywine

Speakeasy Brewer’s Reserve Old Godfather Barleywine
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RATINGS: 34   MEAN: 3.78/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 399   ABV: 13.3%
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This year, we are proud to announce our first release of Brewer’s Reserve Old Godfather Barley Wine. This special release is a blend of three batches that we brewed to higher-than-normal gravities resulting in a beer of almost 13.8% abv (with all the blending our math gets a little fuzzy). Each of the beers was treated a bit differently. We added extra sugars to the first batch during fermentation, and boosted the alcohol to 14.6%. Then we put half of that batch into some rye and bourbon barrels that we stuffed with hops. The second batch wasn’t as perky and only finished at 13.5%, but it has been enjoying its four months of aging in Stainless Steel. The third batch we just brewed a month ago and required quite a bit of poking and prodding to finish at 13.3%. Each batch brings a little something different with it, and together we think they are an awesome beverage of class and sophistication.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (6939) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 4, 2014
On tap at Mongers. Pours a dark copper color with a medium white head. A sweet sugary nose, some wood, dry dusty malts. The flavor is husky, very dry, oak, bourbon perhaps but not massively, dark fruit, some berries. Pretty good, a bit much.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
deyholla (7710) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 18, 2012
Bottle shared by Kyle, thanks! Pours a clear amber with a light brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has sweet grains and caramel with toffee and light sweet fruit. Flavor starts with caramel and sweet grains with some light fruits and candied sugar.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hoppyho (56) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 14, 2011
Dark orange/bronze with a smattering of lacing. Nice lava-like glow and average retention. Aromatics are surprisingly subdued. Some typical dark fruit and malt-forward smells, but nothing to suggest this was barrel aged. Light vinuous taste accompanied by dried fruit, raw-ish malt, and very faint toasty notes. Once again, no vanilla, coconut, wood, or anything suggestive of time served in a barrel. Dry finish with a hint of earthy hops. Slightly tannic, dry yet oily, and not quite medium-bodied with average carbonation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - JAN 21, 2011
I think I like bourbony barleywines better than bourbony stouts. The hop bitterness of the barleywine stands up to the boozy nature of the bourbon. The mix works for me. Spicy and balanced with nice carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 24, 2010
This is one of those rare times a less than good beer actually improves into a great beer with barrel aging. This one became much more complex, very little booze flavo, lots of vanilla form the oak, nice cherry and dark fruit notes, deep caramel body, really a fantastic barrel blend.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
vtafro (4490) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUN 9, 2010
Draft @ Rattle. Amber pour with a light head. Huge sweet aroma full of fruit and sweet malts. Dark fruits, caramel and sweet malt flavor, covers the abv but not enough. Bit of warming but comes with the territory.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jredmond (6058) - Manhattan, New York, USA - MAY 4, 2010
Draft at RnH in NYC with Andrew. Pours a hazy orange, amber body. Notes of creamy vanilla, molasses, and bourbon in both the aroma and flavor. Incredible disguise of alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnnyJ (4809) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 23, 2010
Draft at Stone Oakquinox 2010. Dark amber pour, caramel colored head. Caramel malt, sweet fruit (one guy at the festival said it was like fruity Trix, which does a good job of summarizing it), and some piney hops. Not too complex, but I still liked it a lot.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - APR 22, 2010
Tap at Rattle’n’Hum. Big, crispy, hugely sweet aroma, with a citrus kick pulling up the rear. Crispy, caramel corn flavor, light, brightish. Typical American barleywine. Very boring.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - APR 17, 2010
Draft. Pours an amber body with an off white head. Syrupy and sweet, fruit tones. Very sweet with apricot, cherries, and fig notes. A modest warming, is a bit deterring, with that pure caramel and malty etoh warming. A viscous sugar bomb with little character.

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