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Old Blarney Barleywine - Moylan's Brewery

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very good

317 Ratings
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Ratings: 317
Reviews: 236
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 13
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Moylan's Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Quaffer on 02-26-2002)
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4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: big, solid 650mL brown bottle, old-school label.

Appearance: a small, one-fingered beige head sits atop a slightly hazy golden body. Decent lacing, good retention.

Aroma: a combination of malts - bread, caramels and some burnt coffee. Some dark fruits in there as well.

Taste: those malt flavours are the main force behind the taste. Plenty of different malts as in the aroma, which is a great experience. Not much suggestion that this is a 10% ABV beer.

Aftertaste: not all that much on the finish, funnily enough. A teensy bit of hop bitterness, but not all that much else.

Mouth feel: medium in body with a fairly low carbonation, which seems perfect to me. A good beer to sit and sip, which is a good thing considering the price.

Overall: this is the first barley wine I have had, and the first thing that struck me is how similar it is to many beer styles; I almost expected it to be as dissimilar as spiced mead. I have to admit though, it is a fantastically thick, flavoursome and powerful beer style. I think I've found a new style to keenly watch out for.

SmashPants, Mar 17, 2013
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3.54/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A year or so old.

Not much light peeks through this reddish chestnut brew. The head is rich and dense; almost two inches. Lacing is nice.

Chocolate, toffee, brown bread, dark caramel, slight earthy muck. Very light note of browned apple.

Rustic and dry. Toasty, light pomme, heavy toffee, and more chocolate. The booze is also an ingredient. Robust tobacco flavors. Earthy, but not satisfying or savory. Nearly complete in its lack of sweetness. It almost seems attenuated without sugars. Still a little muck. Not abrasive, just not fulfilling.

Feels wooly with medium carbonation. Body is a notch over medium. Smoothness is skimpy with breathy booze.

Too dry. No hoppiness left, which is fine, but the maltiness is not bragging. A passable barleywine.

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A - Poured into a snifter the brew is topped with a nice light tan head as thick as my pinky. The body is a deep brown. This head has some serious stamina.

S - Malty with a big apricot nose and a head of malt. It actually smells thick.

T - Certainly a malt and hop filled beverage. The rich malt is well balanced against the hops which are only slightly more prevalent than the maltiness.

M - It feels a nice and thick, which I like in a barleywine.

~ This is a tasty brew with all the fine attributes I like in a barleywine. I recommend it.

cdkrenz, Jan 24, 2013
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Old Blarney Barleywine from Moylan's Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 317 ratings.