Old Godfather | Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
California, United States
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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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
224
Reviews:
152
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
11.55%
 
 
Wants:
16
Gots:
17
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 224 |  Reviews: 152
Photo of SeaAle
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of samtrillo
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - deep translucent woody amber with a good bit of lacing.

S - sweet caramel malt and somewhat some hop resin.

T - smokey sweet! Roasted caramel malt flavor and hop bitter finish. More bitter than I've had recently with Barleywines and I like that.

M - medium to full. Very smooth. Limited carbonation. Sweetness sticks around on the roof of my mouth for a couple seconds and moves into the bitterness.

O - very drinkable American Barleywine. Balanced. Check it out!

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of SportsandJorts
2.91/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: a deep brownish, orangish red. 2 fingers a tan head that leave a strong lacing behind. Strong haze but still able to see through it.

Smell: chocolate? Herbal hops, some dark fruits and other dark crystal character. Good bitter to sweet balance in the smell

Taste: opens up with herbal hops. Transitions to an astringent alcohol mixing with some dark crystal malts. Slight dark fruits and sweetness. Also some chocolate

Mouthfeel: bitter hop and astringent alcohol. Very hard to drink.

Overall: the malt bill in this beer leaves me scratching my head. Why chocolate? And the alcohol astringency is not made up for with any of the tastes

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Mightykingmalard
3.41/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: dark red. Mostly transparent. Cream colored head that burns away quickly.

S: oaky, slight malty ness.

T: woody malt. Quick finish.

M: decent feel. Sits on the tongue nicely.

O: eh, not terrible. A good beer without knowing its a barleywine. But it is not a great example of it. I'd drink it standardly if it wasn't as expensive. But it isn't something to write home about.

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Greywulfken
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: mahogany-amber and clear ale; will produce as big a head of tan fluff as you want; lines of lace left behind

S: deep resinous pine and malty caramel; dark and earthy, slightly herbal

T: hearty malt and bittered caramel sweetness up front, accompanied by hoppy notes of resin and pine; sweetness up front mellows as the malt grains come forward; hops assert themselves slowly and provide a nice bittering finish.

M: medium-to-full bodied, slick up front but chewy throughout; subtle coating effect like a bittersweet pine varnish on the tongue; didn't notice any alcohol or heat in this at all, despite my bottle's 9.5 abv.

O: nothing flashy, but a well-crafted "America-style" barleywine - runs on the sweeter side of the spectrum, but the subtle bittering, especially as it warms, will mute the sugars and deliver an enjoyable ale. Drank mine in a pint.

Give it a shot.

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of seand
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a dark clear amber with a fair amount of light tan head. Just a touch of film retains on the surface, leaving mild lacing.

S: Floral honeyed sweetness with a deep malt background.

T: Deep, full, sweetness, with a boozy and slightly hoppy bite towards the finish.

M: Full body, medium carbonation.

Overall, a nice barleywine. Good balance, and deep complex flavors. Very enjoyable.

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3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Updated 4/2015:
This pours a dark malty caramel color. It’s a heavy beast of a beer, with more malt present than hops. I found it off-kilter and out of balance, and I’m not sure some age would improve things.



Speakeasy’s barleywine has returned!

This has an intense caramel-amber hue to it. Aroma smacks of toffee and caramel notes, with an underlying herbaceous hop presence. The flavor is malty, with toffee and a touch of bittering, but overall smooth. Hops are present here but not center stage like in other Speakeasy brews.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Old Godfather from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
3.81 out of 5 based on 224 ratings.
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