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Old Godfather - Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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BA SCORE
86
very good

182 Ratings
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Ratings: 182
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 germaniac:
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germaniac

California

4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Old Godfather
2006
10.25% abv

I was never sure if the same one posted here on BA. The name was slightly different, the abv was lower, and all the reviews were on tap. But someone posted a bottle pic, and it's the same one that's been in my fridge for a week. That's good enough for me!

Poured into my Magnolia Strong Beer Month "balloon glass", this brew is a shiny red brown, clear for the most part, with a little bit of murkiness in it's depths.

A warm, boozy scent radiates, with notes of pineapple, of all things. A quick hop bitterness, and just the barest hint of malt to round things out.

A strong malty base thickens the hop bite of this brew. It's hoppy, but the hops get reined in just enough to avoid total bitterness overload. There are moments when the hops feel like they might take over, but that never fully happens. Instead, the malts and hops riff off each other pretty well. Really not much alcohol presence here in the taste. That's kind of worrisome- way to strong to be this drinkable. The 12oz. bottle I was "sipping" on disappeared pretty quickly after it warmed up a bit.

Maybe Old Godfather isn't the patriarch of West Coast Barleywines yet, but the next few years' editions have some interesting potential.

"Kiss the ring"

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2006 21:29:11 | More by germaniac
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Old Godfather from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
86 out of 100 based on 182 ratings.