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Old Godfather - Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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very good

186 Ratings
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Ratings: 186
Reviews: 139
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.11%
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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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

brotherloco, May 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

osant37, May 09, 2014
Photo of SportsandJorts
2.88/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: a deep brownish, orangish red. 2 fingers a tan head that leave a strong lacing behind. Strong haze but still able to see through it.

Smell: chocolate? Herbal hops, some dark fruits and other dark crystal character. Good bitter to sweet balance in the smell

Taste: opens up with herbal hops. Transitions to an astringent alcohol mixing with some dark crystal malts. Slight dark fruits and sweetness. Also some chocolate

Mouthfeel: bitter hop and astringent alcohol. Very hard to drink.

Overall: the malt bill in this beer leaves me scratching my head. Why chocolate? And the alcohol astringency is not made up for with any of the tastes

SportsandJorts, May 05, 2014
Photo of snakeayes11
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

snakeayes11, May 04, 2014
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
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

gspeer711, Apr 24, 2014
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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
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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

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

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

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

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

mc4z, Feb 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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

Spaz7, Sep 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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

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

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

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

Tuckersmth, May 29, 2013
Old Godfather from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
85 out of 100 based on 186 ratings.