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Old Godfather - Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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BA SCORE
86
very good

179 Ratings
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Ratings: 179
Reviews: 139
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 15
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Speakeasy Ales & Lagers visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: frank4sail on 02-18-2003)
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Reviews by dwilson01:
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dwilson01

California

4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz into my arrogant bastard pint glass, a rich dark amber coloration, glows a red-orange in the light, light tan yellow sandy coloring on the head which is composed of small bubbles, makes for a creamy looking goodness that clings to the glass with lacing so thick it's a coating.

I pick up definite fruity notes in the smell; banana, cherry, raisins, which is accompanied by the familiar much loved barleywine alcohol estery smell. Gives the nostrils a nice little tingle of anticipation. Also some woody organic freshness in the smell, like new growth.

The flavor is great, it appeals to all the characteristics of a barleywine. There is a vanilla sweet flavor combined with some oak wood. The fruit is there, mostly get the cherry/raisin part of it in the taste but I also detect a bit of apricot too. The malt is prominent, and the aftertaste warms the throat with the estery alcohol flavor.

The mouthfeel is exactly what I''m looking for in a brew with a lot of alcohol and a ton of ingredients, you notice the thickness of body and fullness of flavor and it combines in this one for an awesome mouthfeel. Drinkability follows from this as being pretty damn good although it definitely is a sipper at over 10%, not to reiterate how densely packed the body is in this brew.

Overall it's great, I recommend this to any fan of the barleywine style, or really just anyone who likes full bodied and complexly flavored beers. This one reminds me greatly of the prohibition ale except it's 2x the abv, 2x the malt, 2x the flavor, and 2x as good? Hell no, as applied to beer the term "good" is equivalent to (malt+flavor)x(abv), and (2+2)x2=8x as good!

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2010 07:22:59 | More by dwilson01
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S - sweet caramel malt and somewhat some hop resin.

T - smokey sweet! Roasted caramel malt flavor and hop bitter finish. More bitter than I've had recently with Barleywines and I like that.

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Old Godfather from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
86 out of 100 based on 179 ratings.