ShawnMalloy (130) - Auburn, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 3, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Copper pour. Smells like stuff in barley wines. Sweet and hoppy flavor with a nice alcohol kick to leave your pallet numbing. Kudos to Speakeasy.
nahthan (129) - Oakland, California, USA - JUN 27, 2007
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
2006 bottle. Aged over a year at 45F. Light amber color. Aroma is esters, phenols and almonds. Flavor is malt, hops and alcohol. 50% hot alcohol, 50% clean alcohol. Itís getting better as it warms up, but thereís still some hint of overworked yeast in here. Imagine the taste of bitter vanilla almonds. Too bad for Speakeasy - I loved Prohibition when it came out in bottles back in the early 2000s.. I have a feeling thereís still so much wonderful potential in this place.
Rictus (126) - Camdenton, Missouri, USA - MAY 24, 2007
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Very sweet malty aroma. Pretty, bubbly dark amber (lighter than most other barleys I tasted). Almost no head though, which is odd and detracts abit. Very very sweet, to me, cloying. Very little hops to balance it out. Average palate. I wonít be buying this again.
joshj2176 (103) - California, USA - FEB 20, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a red orange in tint, pretty light looking with a slight layer of see through head. Smells malt driven as is typical of barley-wines, however I could still sense hops, which is interesting. It is extremely malty, I could almost taste cherry. Decent barleywine overall.
RIXbeer (102) - USA - NOV 28, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a nice light chestnut color with 2 fingers of creamy tan colored head. A bit light looking for the style IMHO. Wow that’s an awesome smell of Barley and Chocolate malt intermingled with a mellow floral hop and some deep caramel. A really good smell is pouring off the head of this one! Very smooth and rich up front but extremely balanced. Lots of up front barley, chocolate and caramel leading up to that smooth mellow floral hop finishing up the rear. Great taste! Subtle hints of alcohol throughout make this beer incredible! This beer feels like it fits better than it looks like it would. It’s smooth and rides the tongue to the throat without choking in alcohol or overwhelming in any one flavor. Fills without over-filling. This is drinkable in a 4pk but even then I wonder how many I could have. This is a sipper. A good sipper though! So far my fave from this brewery! Good job! Cheers!
TheLeadDog (101) - Kent, Washington, USA - DEC 23, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A good barleywine. Rich taste and color. Good head with just the right amount of sweetness. Good fruit and malt flavor. With a little chocolate and carmel thown it as well.
tcfishler (65) - USA - DEC 7, 2006
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Clear reddish garnet with a decent head for its ABV.
Nose is expressive, with a bit of roastedness and a lot of piney hops. A little bit of fruit in the background.
Palate is fairly lively, with a sensation of acidity but also a fair amount of sweetness. Plenty of bitterness courtesy of the hops, and a sharp alcoholic bite too.
A bold hoppy barleywine, for fans of the style only.
lucklys (62) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - FEB 4, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
To start this barley wine off, it poured a deep hazy chestnut brown with golden amber highlights. It quickly built a tight single-finger thick fawn colored head of large bubbles that fell within 30 seconds to a thin island and collar around the glass with no lace to speak of. Initially there were some minuscule streams of tiny bubbles peppering the liquid, but in no time at all, it ended up appearing fairly flat with no visible carbonation.
The nose was predominantly a bourbon-like alcohol that "burns the nostrils." I would be hard-pressed to say that Speakeasy even remotely tried to cover up the glaringly obvious 10.2%ABV in Old Godfather, and I might go so far as to say that all of the grains and malts in it only further exacerbate the ethanol scent. It held barley and oats up front with pale and crystal malts - pale coming through more aggressively than the crystal, but both are definitely present. There were rich dominant caramel malts drenched in super sweet brown sugar molasses and cooked with real maple syrup. No Aunt Jemima here. There was also an odd warm, burnt toffee with chocolate notes that didnít quite seem to fit in, as well as an even odder hint of overripe cherries lingering and fermenting way underneath. I found it hard to tell if there were any hops at all, though through a little research, others claim to have found both pine and citrus quite easily - which I can totally get on board with when I think about it, but otherwise I just canít seem to get past the glaring caramel and alcohol.
Dipping into it, my tongue was washed over with the bourbony alcohol right off the bat. I was actually a little surprised to find it thinner in the mouthfeel with a lighter-medium body, which I expected to be a little thicker due to the high ABV. Even the carbonation was lacking - though it still managed to bite my tongue with a combination of alcohol, something bright and citrusy that I couldnít pick out in the nose, and some bold bitter hops that also hid from the aroma. After the initial bitter overload, the in-your-face pale and crystal malts came out swathed in a rich caramel sauce accented with brown sugar and molasses, which made it very candy-sweet and just shy of syrupy. The flavors didnít last much longer after I swallowed, and it finished very dry with tongue-numbing effects.
eros47 (51) - Huntington Park, California, USA - MAR 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2014 release. Beautiful Ruby appearance. Off white head. Good combination of tropical and floral hops, the malts perfectly balance the bitterness.
tangent (28) - San Pedro, California, USA - DEC 19, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured into a pint glass a dark amber brown color with a small light brown head. Lacing is good.
The nose is really sweet. Chocolate and caramel malt aromas.
The flavors are very complex. To be honest I couldnít even put my finger on everything I was tasting! Mostly chocolate and caramel malt flavors, dark fruits - mostly cherry, with a nice hop bitterness on the finish. At 10.2% the alcohol is very well hidden at this point.
The body was fairly medium for a barleywine, with good carbonation. As complex as it is, it is done well. Very balanced and drinkable, this one makes for a damn good barleywine. If you have the chance, cellar this for some time! 3 1/2 years did mine justice. This made my day!