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Old Godfather - Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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BA SCORE
86
very good

185 Ratings
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Ratings: 185
Reviews: 139
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 15
Gots: 4 | FT: 1
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 tang3nt:
Photo of tang3nt
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

2006 vintage 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 couldn't 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!

tang3nt, Dec 20, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%

Poured a deep reddish color with a tight formed one finger head that left no lace behind,great balance to the aromas with a pretty big hop presence brown sugar and gummy fruit intertwined with a lingering piney hop really made for a promising beer.Sadly the flavors were more one sided and they really didnt hammer their character home,sweetish brown sugar and cherry notes hit first off,a nutty alcohol soaked cake kinda presence comes thru as it warms,as for the hops they are there but not real big hitters giving off somewhat of a herbal finish.This is a nice barley wine quite flavorful if the hops on the palate would have matched the nose it would be off the charts in my mind.

oberon, Dec 21, 2006
Photo of EastBay_Nick
4/5  rDev +5%

EastBay_Nick, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of Beerswag
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Beerswag, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of tigg924
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, big carbonation, light brown, some salty looking sediment in the pour

Smell: hops, citrus, malt, and sweet fruit

Taste: the taste is complex. hops and malt dominate, but there are tastes of pine, honey dew melon, biscuity caramel, and alcohol

Mouthfeel: predominately strong, bitter, and dry...a semi-sweet finish

Drinkability: I found this to be more and more complex as I drunk it...Initially I was blown away by the hops, but after the first blast, more flavors are apparent...Not sure if I will get this again, but it is wonderfully complex.

tigg924, Mar 08, 2009
Photo of mattster
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%

Opened 12 fluid ounce bottle and poured into snifter.

Poured a nice tea brown brew with very little/no head.

Smell is sweet/malty with hints of fruit and pine. Palate picks up mostly citrus notes, with a hint of earthiness. Bubbles are a bit more active than other beers I've had in this style, but as I let it come to temp, the carbonation dies down just a bit. It does burn a bit on the back palate, but what more can I expect from a 10.2% ABV? Mouth feel is full and coating.

A decent Barley Wine, although I've had a few I'd chose over this one.

mattster, Jun 03, 2008
Photo of magictrokini
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%

Clear mahogany pour with no head. Aroma is sweet with some hops. Thick mouthfeel. Taste is sweet with a lot of hops. The bleeds over into the Imperial IPA style, but with a lot of malt. Alcohol bite kind of hits you in the end, but is well masked. Nice beer, no matter what category its in.

magictrokini, Dec 16, 2008
Photo of jondeelee
4/5  rDev +5%

Smells of syrupy malts and caramels, heavy sugars with a hint of flowery hops.

On the tongue, there's an immediate explosion of floweriness, which expands quickly into a lovely grapefruit-bitterness, strongly reminiscent of a low- to medium-grade IPA. Then the malts hit, bringing in huge maple-syrupy flavors, along with dark fruits and chocolates. Some reviewers have said there's a deep tobacco flavor underneath; I'm not getting that, but I do get a hint of grains toasted to the point of blackness/burnt. Then, somehow, the hops kick back in, leaving the tongue slightly tingling after the beer has left the mouth.

Categorically, this is a barleywine, pure and simple. But it does have *notes* that are strongly reminiscent of IPAs, and I think those notes set this brew apart from the field, and make it worthy of discussion. Purists might not like the bitterness in here, but I find it charming.

jondeelee, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of far333
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%

Slightly hazed ruddy orange with a head that rises up minimally and settles out quickly.

Aroma of pine sap and sticky ripe fruits and caramelized orange rind, plus some alcoholic vapors wrapped up in it all.

Flavor is sharp red grapefruit, orange rind and piney bitters with muted honey malt undertones. Hints of caramel and toffee, plus more ripe fruit. Alcoholic strength is present and noticeable.

Mouthfeel is a little watery, moderate carbonation, definite warming of the cheeks. Thanks to barleywinefiend for sending this one over.

far333, Oct 14, 2009
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%

Pours a rich copper and ruby color. Aroma is powerful amounts of sugar and alcohol.

Taste, is more of the same. This is a very sweet and bitter (bittersweet!) beer. Nowhere near as hoppy as I would have expected from Speakeasy.

Mouthfeel, the bitter and sweet overpower so as to not catch any nuances. Drinkability not so much, but hey, .5 point for a great label design, which thereby promotes its drinkability.

Beerandraiderfan, Mar 09, 2010
Photo of 01001111
2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

01001111, Jun 11, 2014
Photo of Reino
4/5  rDev +5%

Appearance- A nice copper brown body that brightens up towards the bottom of the glass blending with some yellow. An aggressive pour only yields a finger and a half of head that drops down pretty quick leaving some decent lacing. A nice looking body with a so so head. You know, that old chestnut.

Smell- Raisins, sweet bread, grape juice, and a little bit of citrus hops (oranges mostly). I think there is a tiny amount of chocolate and caramel hiding in the background The nose is very sweet and sugary.

Taste- Everything from the nose is there, but on a much smaller scale and not as dominant. There's the addition of some noticeable heat from the booze and quite tannic. There's also more citrus rind bitterness and grapefruit than I was expecting from the nose. I was kind of hoping for some of the sugariness from the nose to carry over to the hops in the taste. Doughy malt makes an appearance and keeps this beer from becoming unpleasantly sharp. Not a "Wow" flavor, but it fits the American BW bill well enough.

MF- Bitterness and some alcohol heat linger on the tongue with every sip. Luckily, this beer pretty much nails the body and carbonation for a BW. It's full bodied but with enough carbonation to keep it from being too heavy.

Drinkability-High abv and bitterness make this beer a one and done for me. It kind of reminds me of Full Sail's Old Boardhead which saddens me because I could have bought a bomber of that for 40 cents more than what I bought this 12oz for. I have no idea how fresh this bottle is so I might revisit Old Godfather when I know I can get a fresh bottle and see if the hop flavors shine more than they are in this one.

Reino, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of degerbah
3.08/5  rDev -19.2%

Pours a light brown with almost no head at all. What head there is stick to the glass like glue. The beer smells extremely malty, almost to the point where it smells like unfermented wort. The sweet malty smell carries over to the beer which is so malty it is almost tongue curdling. This beer is the definition of too sweet. I feel that the beer was not properly fermented. Although there is a little bit of hops in the aftertaste this is a malt bomb to the point that it isn't as good as it could be if it was more balanced.

degerbah, Dec 28, 2009
Photo of samtrillo
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%

A - deep translucent woody amber with a good bit of lacing.

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.

M - medium to full. Very smooth. Limited carbonation. Sweetness sticks around on the roof of my mouth for a couple seconds and moves into the bitterness.

O - very drinkable American Barleywine. Balanced. Check it out!

samtrillo, May 18, 2014
Photo of watermelonman
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%

This arrived as a very dark brown with hints of red. The head was very thin but left a fair amount of lace.

The smell is strong, full of hops and sweet malt. The taste adds alcohol up front along with tons of malt, and the finish is bitter. Alcohol starts to come through as well. The mouthfeel is a little light, while drinkability is high.

watermelonman, Jan 03, 2006
Photo of IntriqKen
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%

April, 2006
Poured dark amber in a snifter with a small amber colored head that melted to a substantial lacing for the rest of the drink.
Aroma is unusually sweet with a citrus hop and very strong alcohol scents
Mouthfeel is full and syrupy coating on your tongue but very little carbonation.
Taste is strongly citrus/piney/grapefruit hops with sweet toasted malts and dark fruits, finishing back to citrus hops and then heavy alcohol.
Right now this still feels a little rough and unbalanced. I want to cellar a couple of bottles to revisit a year from now.
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June 27th, 06 revisit.
As i suspected this has mellowed with age.
Alcohol is still VERY predominate in both the aroma and taste (less in taste than aroma) but overall it has mellowed and become much more balanced.
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Revisited my last bottle Aug 1st, 2006.
It has already mellowed and balanced. I hope to find more to drink and keep.
Taste is no longer raw, but rather smoothed with a touch of brown sugar. Alcohol seems almost hidden now. Good job, Speakeasy.
Ok...I admit...I'm in love.
Just kicked TASTE to 4.5 based upon current tasting.

IntriqKen, Apr 13, 2006
Photo of Tuckersmth
4/5  rDev +5%

Tuckersmth, May 29, 2013
Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -6%

On tap at the Rattle 'N' Hum. Classic barleywine,unexceptional, with a little bourbon, a tad of chocolate, a tad sour. Dark colour with white head.Mouthfeel a tad above average. Malt complexity draws you in a bit, but taste does not quite live up to it.
Maybe better on cask.

Sammy, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%

The Old Godfather offers a hazy chestnut brown body beneath a beautiful head of creamy tan that holds well and leaes some very nice lacing about the glass. The nose is typically malty with rich caramelish malt, floral hops, and alcohol. The flavor follows suit, but with more heat, and at only 10.2% abv that shouldn't be the case. Allowed to warm a bit, the alcohol diminishes slightly as the malts seem rounder, but it's still there. A touch of piney hops becomes apparent. It's boldly bitter, and with the exception of the heat, well rounded. I'm hoping that next year's version will be better.

NeroFiddled, Nov 10, 2007
Photo of dirtylou
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%

12oz single, i think obtained from IrishSnake in the "These go to Eleven Bif", that spawned in my mind one night

appearance: somewhat mysterious bottle with the creepy eyes on the neck staring me down as i pour...pours into a snifter a glowing clear garnet body, light beige cream head with little retention and slight lacing...this appearance usually indicates a hoppy monster is on its way...

smell: one dimensional hop blast on the nose even though this was likely released at least 6 months ago, pungent fruit punch cocktail, holiday spicing, big and bold cherry, flashy and energetic

taste: yikes this is quite the barleywine. It's definitely one dimentional as a hop bomb, but the winter season has resulted in me drinking less full fledged hop bombs so this was a nice treat...sharp boozy presence (light gin/vodka trait), fruit punch, dripping green hops, light caramel malt balance provided, strong pine presence. strong and tasty

mouthfeel: pungent hoppy beast, boozy but smooth

drinkability: its tough, but i'll manage

dirtylou, Feb 20, 2007
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4/5  rDev +5%

jmccraney, Mar 27, 2014
Photo of russpowell
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%

Can't remember if I picked this up from Liquid Solutions or Bottletrek

Pours an effervescent caramel/orange with 1+ finger of sand colored head. Superior head retention & above average lacing

S: Cakey & piney & bit of booze as this warms

T: Cakeyness, earthy & piney hop, plus a some orangey & grapefruitty hops up front. Leafy hops, a bit of fruittyness, then pine & grapefruit dominate once this brute warms up. Finishes dry, with some peaty notes, plus other whisky notes to include some booze burn

MF: Medium bodied to chewy with a nice creamyness; balanced good for the style. Very warming

Drank a bit slowish, due to the style & ABV. A good, not great American Barley Wine, more malt needs to show up to this party!

russpowell, Apr 26, 2008
Photo of Nage37
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Nage37, Jun 12, 2014
Photo of mc4z
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

mc4z, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of akorsak
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%

A 12 oz bottle purchased from Liquid Solutions.

A: The ale is a hazy orange-amber color, closer to orange when light shines through. The head was large on pour, over 2 fingers in size. As it slowly recedes, it laces throughout the glass.

S: The nose is a very concentrated malt, full of cereal grains and alcohol.

T: The flavor is much sweeter than the nose would let on. The malt that emerges from a sip is sugary sweet, grainy with some dryness that sets the stage for the hops. The hoppiness is big, luscious and wet, dripping with citrus flavors of pineapple and orange peel. The hop body is quite pleasing, big without overtaking the malts.

M: The mouthfeel is a well-balanced blend of dry malts and citrusy hops. The hops really jump out at you without completely ignoring the malts.

D: I am very impressed with this beer, the big hop profile packs a great deal of citrusy flavor without letting the malts fade away. This is a beer that is worth seeking out.

akorsak, May 13, 2007
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Old Godfather from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
86 out of 100 based on 185 ratings.