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Old Blarney Barleywine - Moylan's Brewery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

327 Ratings
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Ratings: 327
Reviews: 238
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 13
Gots: 9 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Moylan's Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Quaffer on 02-26-2002

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Photo of UHCougar12
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of thecheapies
3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Photo of kluless59
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of popery
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of jordanmckell
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Brewbazstard
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of cdkrenz
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Photo of Tucquan
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Keith_R
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Zach136
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of AgentMunky
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of Sludgeman
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of johnnnniee
3.97/5  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.

Photo of MarioM
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of david131
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of mychalg9
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of steve8robin
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of ralphw56
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of tdm168
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jtd1969 for bringing this to the Barleywine tasting.

A - clear amber with a soft, short-lived head

S - bread, sugar, faint hops, alcohol

T - bread, sugar, alcohol, faint dark fruit, some chocolate

M - full bodied, well carbonated, warm

This is a solid beer with solid flavor. It's rich, sweet, bitter, and a tad boozy. I enjoyed it, but I did wish it was a bit more malt with some caramel. With all the Barleywines out there, I'm not sure I'll be having this again.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of dgilks
3.31/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clearish amber colour with a creamy, tan head. Good lacing. Fair head retention.

Rich malty aroma. Some fruit and lots of earthiness. Some citrus notes. Interesting.

Malty but then it hits with a mass of bitterness. Quite earthy but there are light touches of citrus. Okay.

Medium-full body with moderate carbonation.

A basic American Barleywine. Uninteresting on the whole and the bitterness is a bit harsh.

Photo of DovaliHops
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very hazy ruby red color with a hint of brown to it. Small off-white head. Scent is very sweet. Dark fruits and a bit of alcohol. Slight toffee and brown sugar. Taste is initially alcohol with lovely, sweet dark fruits. A lot of raisin and prune. A good amount of caramel malt with some burnt molasses flavors. Not overly boozy like some of the reviews stated...maybe this is an older bottle. Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied...a little thin for this style. Drinkability is fairly high, somewhat well-balanced. Overall, this is nowhere near one of my favorite barleywines, but it isn't a bad one by any means.

Old Blarney Barleywine from Moylan's Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 327 ratings.