Barrel-Aged Old Godfather | Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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Barrel-Aged Old GodfatherBarrel-Aged Old Godfather

Brewed by:
Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
California, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by KevSal on 01-25-2016

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 19 |  Reviews: 6
Photo of kaseydad
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of goopy
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jaydoc
3.77/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ccg
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It looks moderately dense. Translucent caramel color. Fluffy head dissipates pretty quickly.

It smells... well, not really like a BA barleywine. I can smell the barrel-aging in it, but it's not overwhelming. I don't see anything on the label about how long it was barrel aged, but from the smell, I would guess less than six months. The smell of the beer itself strikes me more as a slightly hoppy Belgian quad. It has some of that yeasty, brown sugar scent that I often get from quads.

The flavor has some bite to it. It seems to be an American-style barleywine, not an English style, because it's biter and hoppy with only a bit of caramel flavor in the background. There's some oak, vanilla, and toffee in it, but they are overpowered by the stronger bitter, floral flavors from the hops.

I think the mouthfeel is the best part of this beer. It has a creamy feeling, but at the end, the carbonation's fizziness, the heat from the alcohol, and the bite from the hops prevent it from leaving behind a heavy, oily feeling that I suspect it otherwise would have.

If you're a fan of the American style of barleywine and don't want the underlying ingredients of the beer to be overpowered by bourbon barrel aging, you'll like this beer. If you're looking for something more sweet and caramel-like (closer to Sucaba), then you'll be disappointed.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brentk56
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours with a two finger beige head that caps the mahogany colored; loads of lacing squiggles line the glass

Smell: Caramel verging on butterscotch; very oaky, with piney hop and modest Bourbon tones

Taste: Caramel forward, with piney hop flavors building; somewhat herbaceous, through the middle; very oaky, after the swallow, with the Bourbon tones adding complexity in the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: This is an impressive Barleywine; not quite at the top of the list but pretty close

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a stemless wine glass.

Deep ruby clarity, with hints of mahogany brown edges and a fire-y looking red body color. Head is light khaki with a fluffy top that dissolves slowly, and has fine bubbles. One of the more real nice looking American barleywines I have seen in awhile.

Aroma is nice and deep. Real nice sense of milk chocolate coming off this. Big chewy malts with also some real nice if somewhat buried barrel notes of wood, char, and slight whiskey as well. Excellent start so far.

Palate is very pleasurable. Silky mouthfeel with a nice chewy malt body. Large amounts of density and great round full palate. A big milk chocolate like sensation fills nicely with almost fruity character from some dense hop flavor. Aftertaste is rich but not overpowering and has the alcohol really well hidden. Creamy sensations of vanilla kick with lots of help from this rich mouthfeel.

This one took real well, while it hasn't knocked it out of the park it's come pretty close. Definitely one of the better barrel aged American style barleywines I've had particularly from a bourbon barrel.

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Photo of evanwoertz
4.92/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of BirdsandHops
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium amber brown body, opaque with dull orange highlights; thick finger-plus of tan foam that persisted as a slim film for about half the way... The fruits here are sharp, bright, with more citric impressions than some barleywines. The bourbon touch is light, with wood tannins coming through; the feel is slim and quick, with some appreciable carbonation. A solid buy.

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Photo of ItsYourBoyBlue
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of brayton
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.01/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter glass straight from a 22oz bottle.

Appearance: Heavy dark Amber color with medium bubbles on the body, head rose initially to maybe half a finger's length coming an off-white color with slight orange tint to it. Drops quick with perfect even lacing leaving no sticky bubbles to the glass.

Smell: Light caramel notes almost a butterscotch candy scent. You also feel an even lighter whiskey characteristics to go with it, but keep in mind it is light.

Taste: Deep sweet malts with hints of whiskey and butterscotch. Toffe notes are a little light and has a subtle bitterness to it.

Mouth: Medium carbonation at best and and stickiness is average. I do like the complexity of flavors at the end which feel like a slice of amaretto cake made with hops. P.S. let it warm a bit..sticks a little better.

Overall: An easy improvement to the original, my only guess is how Speakeasy keeps the ABV level the same if the beer was barrel-aged which usually increases the alcohol. The increase toffee notes paired with whiskey and subtle malts make this a clear it winner. Don't drink too cold or you'll cheat yourself of intense flavors. Salud!

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Photo of seedyone
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Deep color, slight aroma but big flavors. Coffee & chocolate are prevelant. I found a slight burn in the aftermath & I'd like more body, but that's just me.

Bottom line: a very enjoyable brew.

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Photo of DanGeo
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smithj4
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Holopirek
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JRod1969
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of heymikew
4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Barrel-Aged Old Godfather from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
Beer rating: 4.17 out of 5 with 19 ratings