Old Blarney (Port Barrel With Dates) - Moylan's Brewery
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Ratings: 3 | Reviews: 2 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by Phelps:
3.48/5 rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Enjoyed in a snifter at Papago, this here’s Moylan’s standard barleywine aged inside port barrels, with dates thrown in for good measure.
The tarnished copper old pennies, the liquid is murky, revealing little more than shadowy fingers. The head is a fizzy cream, popping away without a trace within moments.
An aggressive swirl of the glass gives me no bubbles whatsoever, so I'll pick up what aroma I can from the still liquid. What I get isn’t bad: overripe oranges, mint, a lot of ethanol, caramel sweetness, new oak, vanilla, green apple, some butter. A deep, heavy, boozy aroma.
The port barrels impose themselves more forcefully in the flavor — I get tons of the sugary, heavy grape flavor, with softer bits of dates. Alcohol is the next flavor that emerges, then orange, caramel, brown sugar and herbal mint. As it warms, even more alcohol emerges, and I’m worried I won’t be able to make it through this snifter before tiring of the burn. The port aging has done nice things, but there's way too much booze in the way.
Despite the lack of head, there's a nifty bit of carbonation that seems to squeeze the tongue. The medium-full body is syrupy and liqueur-like, with enough alcohol fumes to light a fire.
Port/date Old Blarney would be tasty in very, very small doses. A two-ounce snifter, perhaps. As it was, my ten-ounce snifter was way more than enough, and I doubt I'll ever need another glass. A good attempt to add interest to an otherwise middling beer, but the booze just ran away with it.
Serving type: on-tap
09-23-2011 22:33:49 | More by Phelps
More User Reviews:
3.68/5 rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Sampled 11/13/2010 at -bal fest 2010. 2009 vintage aged in Stillwater Port barrels with dates added.
Pours hazy brown/amber with rocky off white head, some retention, and not much lacing.
Aroma is oak, sherry, booze, and sweet malt.
Flavor is tanic and a bit harsh but also sweet, fruity, and oaky. Some chocolate and caramel are present too along with a medium level of carbonation and too much booze.
Body is on the lighter side of medium and fairly drinkable.
Serving type: on-tap
11-18-2010 18:03:24 | More by t0rin0
Old Blarney (Port Barrel With Dates) from Moylan's Brewery
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