Old Godfather | Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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Old GodfatherOld Godfather

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Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
California, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Re-emerging from the shadows, Old Godfather is the first of the Infamous. Old Godfather pours a light amber with a beige lacing. Aromas of fresh pine and citrus dominate, giving way to deep flavors of nutty maltiness and burnt caramel. A spicy hop bite of citrus peel rounds out the rich mouthfeel. Bittersweet English malts and cut-throat West Coast hops make Godfather a barley wine that is not to be taken lightly. This re-release of Old Godfather is the first vintage of its kind. As a brazenly robust brew, Old Godfather will benefit from years of cellaring, developing new refinements in character over time.

Added by frank4sail on 02-18-2003

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3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A tight normal head of light tan color adorns a thinly dark brown body. Nose was bitter, with nothing else jumping out at me at the time. Taste is brutal bitter hoppage, puncturing. Huge fresh mint leaf and fresh hop leaf taste structure. Something vegetal, that is burned away by the hops. An excellent and somehow light and refreshing overall feel, despite hop grating and ABV.

Had this from a keg at the 21st Amendment Brewpub Holiday Beerschool, at which it was called simply "Old Godfather", with a 10% ABV.

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Photo of frank4sail
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at Monk's Cafe' on Tap 2-8-03. It has a deep red color with a substantial white head and sheen esp. for a barleywine (abv). Deep colored attractive brew. Rich malty sweet floral hop nose.. almost too much hops. Smooth medium mouth for a barleywine (maybe a little light). Taste is one of huge hop bitterness. The crazy bitterness mellows into a flowery bitter citrus (orange peel) flavor. The finish is very bitter to the tongue. The brew could be more balenced on the malt backbone.. but overall a good brew. Note: this brew is not for you at all unless you are a hophead, the bitterness is not for everyone.

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Old Godfather from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
3.81 out of 5 based on 223 ratings.
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