Old Godfather | Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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224 Ratings
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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 Fatehunter
3.44/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a half finger of head on a hazy light brown body.
The aroma has a little caramel, lots of hay, barnyard and plowed dirt.
The taste is grainy, a little caramel sweetness, more dirt and grains.
The texture is fairly light with nice fizz.
The aroma is great, the flavor fine.

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Photo of Beermanmiles
3.41/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a very good price, I will start with that. 6 dollars for a pint of barleywine is unheard of. That being said, the beer more than reflects the price. I get upset when I get a thick barleywine. Unless a barleywine is barrel aged, I do not expect thickness. This beer taste like straight carbonated grain syrup. It's really a beer that you wanna be drinking during the winter if any time because it would just make you uncomfortable in the summer, spring or fall, provided you are outside. It is also darker than you would expect and the flavor reflects the color. This is not good for barleywine (in my opinion) because barleywine is meant to be one of the only high alcohol beers with a light snap. This is not to say do not buy this beer. This beer is very cheap. If you want a high alcohol craft beer but you are strapped for cash, pick up this or a 32oz of lagunitas sucks for 10 dollars.

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Photo of smithj4
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MonkeyBread
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mactrail
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Dark burnt orange color in the St. Bernardus globe. A low head but big and tingly in the mouth. This is more hot than malty. Winey and woody at the same time. Insistent barrel flavor with a woody aftertaste.

Rather sweet at first, but more tart and hot at the finish. More like an American Strong Ale than and kind of Barleywine. Overall, this is a strong and intense sipping brew. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Liticker's LIquors in San Diego for $8.49.

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Photo of metter98
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear but very dark reddish amber in color (black when viewed from afar) and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high beige head that died down, leaving a patch of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of burnt caramel malts and piney hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of piney hops along with caramel malts and toffee. The hops also contribute a light to moderate amount of bitterness and mask any sweetness from the underlying malts. The pine becomes a little stronger in the finish once the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The alcohol lends a bit of warming to the mouthfeel. No stickiness is perceptible.
O: I felt that this beer has a good balance between the malts and hops as it is not overly bitter from the hops or too stick from the malts. It also does a good job at hiding a good portion of the alcohol from the taste, lending relatively good drinkability..

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of jellikit
4.34/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle.
Appearance: deep orange-copper. Thin, fuzzy, white head.
Smell: caramel and toffee. Light alcohol.
Taste: caramel, toffee, orange peel, slightly sweet. Followed by light alcohol and light pine.
Mouthfeel: medium to medium low carbonation. Medium-big body. Slightly sweet.
Overall: I like this beer. It is a great representation of a West Coast Barleywine. Balanced well. Will buy again.

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Photo of RochefortChris
4.14/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SanFranJake
3.42/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Totalpackage411
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Pencible
3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

A: This poured a cloudy mahogany with thick tan head.
S: It smelled like copper hops and nutty malt, with some earthy toffee.
T: It tasted like copper hops and earthy caramel, with some roasted nuts and pumpernickel bread. It had a clean earthy aftertaste.
M: It was somewhat thick with moderate carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was a mediocre brew, with subpar scent and taste and body. The finish was a bit hot too, so it was better to sip. Age may help. I don't recommend it fresh.

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Photo of BlackHawk89
2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of DeadeyeOTDO
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Braz
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Zdrummer15
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of DrDietz
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Syraquse
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of harpus
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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