Old Blarney Barleywine - Moylan's Brewery
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Reviews by sweetbrew82:
4.2/5 rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5
22 oz. into a snifter/ estimated to be a 2008 vintage
P: Golden-flaked amber with a healthy head of khaki-colored head of thick, creamy, densely-packed foam. Showed good retention and settled down to a thin film on top with some skinny strings of lace being displayed on my glass.
A: The aroma is very malt-forward, but still has a bit of a hop kick hanging around in plain sight (or plain smell?). Smells mostly of almost-burnt caramel, toffee, leather, lots of dark fruits, and some alcohol. Smells good, but not as powerful as I would have hoped.
T: The label talks about barleywines being the brandy of the beer world, and maybe by no coincidence, that's kinda what it tastes like. In fact, it's reminiscent of fruit-flavored brandy, which stays subtle enough to avoid burying the other flavors underneath the heat. The malt bill here is huge as it oozes sticky, cooked caramel all over the tongue, while being accompanied by toffee, brown sugar, and dark fruits that remind me mostly of figs and dates. The citric hop flavors have faded considerably, but they contribute a nice amount of bitterness on the back end, along with that fruit brandy that becomes a tad more pronounced and warms the back of the throat upon the semi-dry finish.
M: Old Blarney is definitely a full-bodied brew, but it's not quite as thick and viscous as you'd think. Maybe that's because of the ample amount of C02 that keeps it from being heavy and oily, which is probably a good thing in this case. It's also impressive in that it features a really rich, creamy feel that gives you a little something to chew on while you drink. The mouthfeel seems to suit this beer very nicely.
Notes: I've been impressed with every Moylan's beer I've had, and this is no exception. I wish I could have experienced this one fresh to know how the flavors have changed. But at an estimated age of only one year, the flavors taste great and the 10% ABV is not abrasive or overwhelming. I enjoyed this sipper quite a bit! Recommended
Serving type: bottle
10-19-2009 09:33:56 | More by sweetbrew82
More User Reviews:
4.15/5 rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
A: Pours an amber/red color, opaque with a tan head.
S: Citrus and fresh orange in a faint nose.
T: Nectary, cherry, citrus, plum, fig, raisin, decent malt backbone.
M: Full bodied and fairly smooth.
O: Definitely recommended. I'd love to try the barrel aged version.
Serving type: on-tap
02-05-2014 23:47:50 | More by BierJager89
3.83/5 rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Old Blarney pours a reddish color with a small lacing head. There is a fruity, and dry like aroma. The taste is dry, with a dry fruity flavor, and a mellow malty sharpness. Very easy to drink good full body. Overall its a solid barleywine however a bit on the boring side.
Serving type: on-tap
11-10-2013 19:05:22 | More by vette2006c5r
Old Blarney Barleywine from Moylan's Brewery
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