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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 16/20
yespr (40833) - 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 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.

   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
deyholla (10214) - 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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (9999) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 7, 2016
Shared red-waxed bottle, acquired from Capone’s. Pours hazy brown with tan head. Nose was rye malt, oaky bourbon, hops. Tasted dry, very oaky and hoppy, with pronounced malt flavor and some tannins. Stayed dry, malty, and oaky, with assertive hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (9562) - 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 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 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (8457) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blipp (8267) - 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.

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