Old Godfather - Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
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3.93/5 rDev +3.1%
A: mahogany-amber and clear ale; will produce as big a head of tan fluff as you want; lines of lace left behind
S: deep resinous pine and malty caramel; dark and earthy, slightly herbal
T: hearty malt and bittered caramel sweetness up front, accompanied by hoppy notes of resin and pine; sweetness up front mellows as the malt grains come forward; hops assert themselves slowly and provide a nice bittering finish.
M: medium-to-full bodied, slick up front but chewy throughout; subtle coating effect like a bittersweet pine varnish on the tongue; didn't notice any alcohol or heat in this at all, despite my bottle's 9.5 abv.
O: nothing flashy, but a well-crafted "America-style" barleywine - runs on the sweeter side of the spectrum, but the subtle bittering, especially as it warms, will mute the sugars and deliver an enjoyable ale. Drank mine in a pint.
Give it a shot.
04-25-2014 01:03:29 | More by Greywulfken
3.75/5 rDev -1.6%
A: Pours a dark clear amber with a fair amount of light tan head. Just a touch of film retains on the surface, leaving mild lacing.
S: Floral honeyed sweetness with a deep malt background.
T: Deep, full, sweetness, with a boozy and slightly hoppy bite towards the finish.
M: Full body, medium carbonation.
Overall, a nice barleywine. Good balance, and deep complex flavors. Very enjoyable.
03-27-2014 02:52:57 | More by seand
3.81/5 rDev 0%
Speakeasy’s barleywine has returned!
This has an intense caramel-amber hue to it. Aroma smacks of toffee and caramel notes, with an underlying herbaceous hop presence. The flavor is malty, with toffee and a touch of bittering, but overall smooth. Hops are present here but not center stage like in other Speakeasy brews.
03-25-2014 22:52:35 | More by elNopalero
3.99/5 rDev +4.7%
On tap at Eureka Burger in Redlands, CA.
Pours a clear dark orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good hop forward barleywine that is tasty and easy to drink.
05-14-2013 01:40:29 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.96/5 rDev +3.9%
Served in an over-sized wine glass(not my doing, bartneder's choice).
Appearance: straight amber (clear and transparent), simple. Head maybe 1/8" rising off the body coming off white settling quick with simple lacing.
Smell: Little bit of rum hints, with a sweet notes of vanilla.
Taste: heavy alcohol, slightly overdose of sugar but still good beer. Feel the scotch but comes off woody. Little oak which is rare I mention with any barely wine but this brew had it.
Mouth: medium, slightly light with ultra stickiness to it.
Overall: Good brew. There's better out there but of you want a tongue twister of beers this light just do it to you! Complex with the right touch of sweetness. Grab a glass and you're good...Salud!
05-06-2013 23:03:18 | More by BlurryVisi0n
4.1/5 rDev +7.6%
This is a clear but fairly dark mahogany colored brew with a decent light tan colored head that mellows to a frosting and leaves a respectable trail of lacing. The aroma is full of deep roasted malt, vanilla and root beer with a goodly dose of sherry and even a lick of chocolate. Sweet but a little boozy and just real nice. The taste test results in more of a whiskey edge, immediately warming with alcohol but buried in more deep caramel malt with a neat herbal hop coming through. Approaches an evergreen idea at times. This stuff is pretty much full bodied with very gentle carbonation. I would call this fairly cloying with a pretty thick, wine-like feel. So it's not out of whack as a barleywine, very flavorful, not a session beer, but great with a slice of Swiss cheese and an appreciative palate. A pleasant surprise.
02-19-2012 04:05:07 | More by Durge
Old Godfather from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
86 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.