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Old Blarney Barleywine - Moylan's Brewery

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Old Blarney BarleywineOld Blarney Barleywine

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very good

325 Ratings
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Ratings: 325
Reviews: 237
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 13
Gots: 7 | 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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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.

thecheapies, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of kluless59
3/5  rDev -21.9%

kluless59, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of popery
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

popery, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of jordanmckell
4/5  rDev +4.2%

jordanmckell, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of Brewbazstard
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Brewbazstard, Feb 03, 2013
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.

cdkrenz, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of Tucquan
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Tucquan, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of Keith_R
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Keith_R, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of Zach136
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Zach136, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of AgentMunky
3.8/5  rDev -1%
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.

AgentMunky, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of Sludgeman
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Sludgeman, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of johnnnniee
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

johnnnniee, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of MarioM
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

MarioM, Dec 05, 2012
Photo of david131
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

david131, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

t0rin0, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of mychalg9
4/5  rDev +4.2%

mychalg9, Nov 20, 2012
Photo of steve8robin
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

steve8robin, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of ralphw56
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

ralphw56, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of tdm168
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

tdm168, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of brewdude1982
4/5  rDev +4.2%

brewdude1982, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of dgilks
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

dgilks, Sep 24, 2012
Photo of DovaliHops
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

DovaliHops, Sep 22, 2012
Photo of beerpadawan
4/5  rDev +4.2%

beerpadawan, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of ucsbmullet
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

ucsbmullet, Aug 21, 2012
Old Blarney Barleywine from Moylan's Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 325 ratings.