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Old Godfather - Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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very good

187 Ratings
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Ratings: 187
Reviews: 139
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 14
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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Photo of Mightykingmalard
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: dark red. Mostly transparent. Cream colored head that burns away quickly.

S: oaky, slight malty ness.

T: woody malt. Quick finish.

M: decent feel. Sits on the tongue nicely.

O: eh, not terrible. A good beer without knowing its a barleywine. But it is not a great example of it. I'd drink it standardly if it wasn't as expensive. But it isn't something to write home about.

Mightykingmalard, May 01, 2014
Photo of drew74
4/5  rDev +5.3%

drew74, Apr 30, 2014
Photo of RobertJBeer
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

RobertJBeer, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of Greywulfken
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Greywulfken, Apr 25, 2014
Photo of gspeer711
4/5  rDev +5.3%

gspeer711, Apr 24, 2014
Photo of jmccraney
4/5  rDev +5.3%

jmccraney, Mar 27, 2014
Photo of seand
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

seand, Mar 27, 2014
Photo of elNopalero
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

elNopalero, Mar 25, 2014
Photo of spark3148857
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

spark3148857, Mar 19, 2014
Photo of Beerswag
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Beerswag, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of deNerval
3/5  rDev -21.1%

deNerval, Mar 10, 2014
Photo of ItsYourBoyBlue
4/5  rDev +5.3%

ItsYourBoyBlue, Mar 03, 2014
Photo of Eighty
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Eighty, Feb 24, 2014
Photo of mc4z
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

mc4z, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of ambruns1979
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

ambruns1979, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of Spaz7
4.75/5  rDev +25%

Spaz7, Sep 09, 2013
Photo of dgherm
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

dgherm, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of Smurf2055
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Smurf2055, Jul 20, 2013
Photo of EastBay_Nick
4/5  rDev +5.3%

EastBay_Nick, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of ChalupaBatman
4/5  rDev +5.3%

ChalupaBatman, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of Tuckersmth
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Tuckersmth, May 29, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

UCLABrewN84, May 14, 2013
Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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!

BlurryVisi0n, May 07, 2013
Photo of muchloveforhops3
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

muchloveforhops3, Apr 13, 2013
Photo of beerpadawan
4/5  rDev +5.3%

beerpadawan, Aug 26, 2012
Old Godfather from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
85 out of 100 based on 187 ratings.