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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 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
WeeHeavySD (3380) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 22, 2009
Tap at Strong Ale 2009. Pours orangey, with a tan head. Nose is sweet with some oak. Taste is sweet, big and pretty nice overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (7610) - Brier, Washington, USA - DEC 19, 2009
draft at naked city. pours crystal clear dark amber with brilliant ruby highlights. nice dense but thin tan head. big closed out bourbon and wood nose. sticky thick body with some sluggish carb. bourbon, oak, vanilla, toast, caramel, and a beasty vodka bite at the end. huge, boozy american barleywine with some nice resinous hop finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bvc (1241) - Washington, USA - DEC 16, 2009
Draft at Naked City. Clear light walnut brown with thin kahki head and sticky bits of lacing. Sweet caramel, cherry, apricot, slight roasted, honeysuckle, with some slight warming from the abv. Really smooth and on the light side for what I was expecting. Caramel popcorn sweetness up front with some toffee, brown sugar, dried prunes, a bit bready and really smooth for the abv and warms as it goes down. Super drinkable and this beer could sneek up on you. Nice stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
riversideAK (6160) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - DEC 16, 2009
Big strong nose. Candied citrus, toasted malts, toffee, caramel, earth, wood, alcohol. Reddish amber pour, bubbly beige head, super sticky lace. Super layered flavors. Complex. Fruity sweetness up front - plums perhaps, pears, apples. Candy citrus comes through folowed by toasted dark bread, earthy chewy bitter hops round out the finish with some alcohol bite. Full body, good carbonation, bitey finish. Dry and sweet. Hot, but in a good way if that’s possible. Nice stuff here.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
popery (2010) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 8, 2009
Tap at City Beer Store, San Francisco. I wandered into CBS earlier and found myself in the middle of Speakeasy’s release party for their new line of bombers. This excellent barleywine was on tap. It pours a dusky, reddish brown with a small off-white head. The aroma was caramel malt, sherry, apricots, booze and raisins. The flavor was relatively dry for the abv and style, although I still call it fairly sweet in a more general sense. At any rate, I was expecting a sticky mess and was happily surprised. There was some booze but better than expected. I’m sure production costs are a tad higher than Old Godfather, but I’d love to see them bottle this beer. It’s a treat, and I’m sure that it would just get better with age. While the rest of their lineup isn’t bad by any means, this is the first beer from Speakeasy to really impress me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 8, 2009
Tap @ Pizza Port Strong Ale Fest 2009. Pours a deep cola brown with a small beige ring. Nose is quite sweet with candied apricots, pears and a good amount of caramel, toffee and booze. Very heavy and full on the palate, tons of caramel and booze.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wetherel (1862) - Cupertino, California, USA - DEC 6, 2009
On tap at PP Strong Ale Festiva 2009. Listed as 13.7%. Amber color. Reminds me of Double Bastard. Deliciously hoppy and malty. Very good.

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