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RATINGS: 37   MEAN: 3.72/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 399   ABV: 13.3%
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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnnyJ (5415) - 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 (3259) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TaktikMTL (7068) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 13, 2010
En fût. Verre de 8 oz dégusté chez Rattle & Hum (New York, NY). Arôme: Odeur de caramel avec une pointe de vanille. Apparence: La couleur est ambrée voilée. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût d’houblons et de caramel avec une pointe de vanille. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement huileuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût houblonné. (Rating #2970)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pwn3d (1962) - Manhattan, New York, USA - APR 11, 2010
On tap at rattle n hum. Soft and supple creamy vanilla, molasses, and bourbon. Unbelievable for the alcohol percent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (9411) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 6, 2010
My Bottom Line:
Honey-laced caramel malts benefit from rye-like alcohol heat to alleviate some of this Barley Wine’s dextrins, building a mighty fine body to sip on.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slim veil of foam tops the cloudy dark amber.
-I get a lot more of the rye than the bourbon.
-Carbonation was soft, letting us enjoy the potent but well positioned flavors.
-There could be more malt depth in such a BWine, but that’s just my taste in the style.

On tap at Rattle ’n’ Hum, NYC.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zdk (1870) - New York, New York, USA - APR 2, 2010
Tap @ Rattle n Hum - pours amber brown, sweet caramel base, sticky sweet. Woody and bourbon, vanilla bean and some peachy fruits.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blipp (8260) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAR 30, 2010
Draft. Pours amber brown with an off white head. Whiskey sweet aroma with some fruity notes and light hops. The flavor has a bourbon/brandy like sweetness, toffee and toasty malts, light earthy notes, and floral hops. Intense.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
egajdzis (6130) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 29, 2010
Hazy red brown color with a small, off white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of vanilla, dried fruits, caramel malts, vanilla, bourbon, floral hops, citrus fruits, and alcohol. Taste of dark fruits, caramel malts, vanilla, bourbon, nuts, vanilla, and alcohol in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brokensail (16057) - Dublin, California, USA - MAR 15, 2010
A: The pour is a dark amber color with plenty of red highlights to it. There isn’t too much in the way of head, but what is there sticks around nicely. S: I was surprised by the hop character of the nose. A nice citrus component along with some sweet fruits, sugar, and caramel. T: The bitterness and sweetness are well balanced in this beer. The caramel and sugar flavors are the strongest, but some good fruit and not much in the way of alcohol. M: A fairly full bodied beverage with a low to moderate carbonation and a surprisingly dry finish. D: I was surprised that this is nearly 14% ABV. Certainly an easy to drink barleywine with some nice flavors, but not the best I’ve had.

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