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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tgncc (3100) - Bellmore, New York, USA - MAR 12, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2010 The aroma is fruit, caramel, very nice. The appearance is a brown/red, hazy, off-white head. The flavor is fruit, candi sugar, very good. The finish is sweet fruit, and resiny pine. The body is medium/thick, oily mouthfeel. Very nicely done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 10, 2010
On tap at Woodshop 5.0 (2/20/10): Pours a transparent copper amber with a well-lacing froth of light tan head. Has a sweet complex caramel nose with some light fruity esters and a touch of oak with good grapefruity hops. Starts with pretty good fullness and sweet caramel maltiness with some resiny citrusy hops and lots of warmth, but not much barrel flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (40837) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - FEB 25, 2010
From tap. Pours clear and golden orange with a small white head. Aroma is dry malty and light roasted. Bitter, dense caramelish and roasted malt base. Smooth dense caramelish finish. Lovely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 24, 2010
Tap @ RnH. Poured a clear deep amber color with an off-white head. The aroma was sweet, fruity and malty. Notes of marzipan with citrus and piny hops. The flavor was fruity and almost spicy. Could be from the alcohol. It sort of tastes like Juicy Fruit gum. Very warming with a medium body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (10883) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 22, 2010
Woodshop. amber pour. Aroma hits right off with caramel, brown sugar, booze and oak. Flavor has a great vanilla and caramel note with some good citrus/floral hops. The alcohol is hidden well. Great beer. Thanks to Chris for this one!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - FEB 22, 2010
Thanks to cquiroga and his posse for having this at the Woodshop 5.0 tasting. Nice, complex, tasty, and very smooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nickd717 (4187) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 16, 2010
On tap at Toronado for barleywine fest 2010. At least I think this is the right beer. Listed as "barrel aged" and 13.7% ABV. Pours a clear medium reddish-amber color with a nice lasting off-white head. Aroma is caramel, oak, and light fruits. Subtle compared to others, but nice. Flavor is very good and complex. Somewhat sweet, with caramel malt and brown sugar, berries, toffee, oak, and a little bourbon. Medium-full body with ABV really well-hidden. Can’t believe this bad boy is above 13%. Good barleywine overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - JAN 11, 2010
Tap at Rattle n Hum (listed as Old Godfather Reserve) Deep rusty/amber pour with a tan film of head- has some lace work. Big and sweet aroma but balanced. Huge sweet caramel malt and chewy crystal malt notes. Has a minty sweet hop thickness as well. (reminds me of a fresh Big Foot). Chewy body- big but rounded and cohesive. Huge caramel and some mild vanilla with a chewy fresh pine note. A rounded giant.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (9565) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JAN 3, 2010
On tap at Pacific Standard. Pours a just hazy light brown with a thin white head. Vinous, caramel, candy, dark fruit. Medium bodied, full of cola, sweet, more candy flavors. Finishes with a light sweetness, a touch of bitterness, and a slow warming alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeMcPhee (9325) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 1, 2010
Tap at Blind Tiger. Deep amber pour with a thin white head. The nose is quite hoppy up front but also has a lot of rich oaky character. Fairly pronounced piny aroma up front as well as a touch of sweet berry esters on the back. The palate is rich and substantially boozy but that is also balanced by a bright hoppiness on the back. A lot of sweet bourbon and a rich spiciness as well. Lots of sweet fruity/piny hoppiness and a rich sticky malt component. Sticky, rich and very, very, tasty. I like it.

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