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Old Blarney Barleywine - Moylan's Brewery

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Old Blarney BarleywineOld Blarney Barleywine

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BA SCORE
87
very good

311 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 311
Reviews: 236
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 13
Gots: 8 | 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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Ratings: 311 | Reviews: 236 | Display Reviews Only:
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deNerval

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

07-08-2013 00:48:05 | More by deNerval
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jaxon53

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +3.9%

06-18-2013 08:11:41 | More by jaxon53
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Kunstman

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +3.9%

05-24-2013 00:33:40 | More by Kunstman
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aflies

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

05-12-2013 03:52:45 | More by aflies
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Duff27

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

04-15-2013 03:12:55 | More by Duff27
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Zuidman

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

04-15-2013 02:47:31 | More by Zuidman
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egrace84

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

04-14-2013 02:03:25 | More by egrace84
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SmashPants

Australia

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 05:40:53 | More by SmashPants
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Wamba

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

03-15-2013 00:12:48 | More by Wamba
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UHCougar12

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

03-11-2013 22:15:55 | More by UHCougar12
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spycow

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

03-09-2013 21:51:50 | More by spycow
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2013 05:03:33 | More by thecheapies
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kluless59

California

3/5  rDev -22.1%

03-07-2013 03:52:02 | More by kluless59
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popery

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

02-03-2013 19:55:00 | More by popery
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jordanmckell

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.9%

02-03-2013 04:10:52 | More by jordanmckell
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Brewbazstard

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

02-03-2013 00:58:50 | More by Brewbazstard
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cdkrenz

Wisconsin

4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2013 03:30:20 | More by cdkrenz
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Tucquan

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

01-23-2013 16:13:50 | More by Tucquan
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

01-10-2013 23:22:53 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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Keith_R

Georgia

4/5  rDev +3.9%

01-10-2013 01:19:58 | More by Keith_R
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Zach136

Georgia

4/5  rDev +3.9%

01-10-2013 01:19:09 | More by Zach136
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AgentMunky

California

3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 64 ounce growler into a St. Bernardus glass. Filled this morning at the brewery.

A: A light finger of head has decent retention. The beer is a translucent amber with pleasant golden hue.

S: Sugars, bland malt, and a hint of alcohol.

T: Mmm. Big, rich, and deep. Coffee bitterness, a hint of dull hops, and alcoholic strength dominate these flavours.

M: Rather flat. It was much better on tap.

O: A pleasant barleywine, but nothing to rave about. I would have it again, and tentatively recommend it, but not above Hopsickle.

Serving type: growler

01-06-2013 07:42:13 | More by AgentMunky
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Sludgeman

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +3.9%

12-25-2012 03:56:21 | More by Sludgeman
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gift from Bruce, thanks for the opportunity!
Pours a slightly hazy golden brown with a smallish tan head that persists for bit before leaving spotty lace on the glass. Aromas of dark sugars and fruits with brown sugar, caramel, cherry, plum, and orange providing the bulk of the nose. The flavor is sweet with brown sugar and caramel and lots of rich juicy dark fruits. A touch of alcohol and a bit of earthy citrus hops provide a nice balance to mix. Medium to thick body with a light to moderate level of carbonation and a sweet fruity slick mouthfeel. This a very nice barleywine, its very smooth and tasty, I'm surprised its flown so far under the radar until now.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 03:39:29 | More by johnnnniee
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MarioM

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

12-05-2012 22:09:07 | More by MarioM
Old Blarney Barleywine from Moylan's Brewery
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