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Old Blarney Barleywine | Moylan's Brewery

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Old Blarney BarleywineOld Blarney Barleywine

Brewed by:
Moylan's Brewery
California, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Quaffer on 02-26-2002

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Reviews: 241 | Ratings: 345
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.55/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: This massive beer pours a beautifully hazed mahogany amber tone topped by a conservative tan head beautiful small etched even lacing very fine but concentrically formed. Aroma: Sticky and juicy layers of hops with the barleywine malts very rich malt treat forming the base to be topped with copious amounts of piney west coast hops glazed with caramel or butterscotch very rich and warming good for the olfactories. Taste: Challenging complex tones but oh so rich and fulfilling juicy sweetness to the hop and malt combo wow this is good stuff the pine cone like hop tone dominates just enough doesn't overbear the palate. Creamy tones rush between the pauses of the bursts of the rediculous amount of malt and powerful hop presence very good stuff. Mouthfeel: Full bodied rich syrupy hop resin filled creamy fluffiness great profile big ass beer from california. Drinkability: The alcohol presence isn't overbearing toward the flavor but I bet after a big bottle of this one it hits you pretty decently, so it all depends how you judge the drinkability I judge it on the basis that if I could I would have bottle after bottle this beer seems like the one I would go for if I were in the mood for a full bodied lucious barley wine, I think it's amazing.

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Photo of beerguy101
4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2002 vintage. Dark brown color, medium head. A massive barleywine. Intense malt flavor, definite hop bite. Full bodied. Intense flavor. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is crisp and malty. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. Not much of an alcohol bite despite being 10% by volume. Nice beer.

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Photo of Quaffer
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. Bottle

Appearance: This was a hazey, deep amber beer that had some red and orange highlights when held up to the window. A thin tan head rose up and disappeared quickly. A ring of foam remained around the edge or the glass and left some nice, thick lacing on occasion.

Smell: The aroma was a heavy, caramel malt sweetness mixed with cherries and raisins. There was a bit of a hop bite on the nose as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and very smooth upfront. It started to tingle as it moved over the tongue and back into the mouth. It was a little chewy on the finish, but rather dry overall, especially for a barley wine.

Taste: The taste started out deceptively calm, with just a hint of sweet fruitiness. Then, after a couple of seconds, the flavors began to swell. The main components were a sweet caramel maltiness and dark fruits. Then a hops bitternesss arose on the finish and lingered well into the aftertaste. And lingered . . . and lingered . . . The high alcohol content was hidden very well.

For all its sweetness, this brew had a very noticeable dryness that did not make it seem as "big" as a lot of other barley wines. Plus, the flavors themselves were more subdued than any other beer of this style that I have ever had, except for maybe Old Foghorn. However, it was still very enjoyable. Actually, the dryness made it even more drinkable than a lot of heavier beers of this style.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Moylan’s Old Blarney Barleywine Style Ale. 22 fl.oz. Brown Bottle.

Appearance: A small, but smooth head sits atop the beer. A slightly hazed brown body that has a resilient dark orange, and ruby red hue. The head is cream colored, but it struggles to retain any semblance of coherent appearance and it soon dissociates to a thin broken covering.

Smell: Strong, alcoholic and malty with a dark fruity dimension. Some light black pepper spiciness. A typical Barleywine Aroma that is very inviting.

Taste: Quite something!!! A *huge* warming introduction with a caramel sweetness that makes way for strong dark fruits and some chocolate highlights. There is a hell of a lot going on in this beer. Quite complex tastes develop throughout the duration of the drink and in each mouthful. The middle has a syrupy molasses feel with a pertinent bitterness coming through towards the end that lingers in the sweet but dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Wholesome, it never shies away from letting you know that this beer is a double-digit Barleywine. Respectfully powerful, but never sickly, just moreish.

Drinkability: A heavy beer that is very drinkable given its high strength, massive tastes and intense profile. Even though this came in a 22 oz Bomber, it did not last long. A bloody good beer and a superb nightcap.

Overall: A warming, impressive dark fruity Barleywine from Moylan’s. Highly Recommended.

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Photo of Myk
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

the aroma of this beast was deep brown in color with red highlights when backlit. it had an amazing thick opal colored head about two fingers thick. the aroma was of roasted malt, carmel, floral hop right at the beginning and alcohol. the taste when cold, was very very hoppy with a small malt character, but as it warmed that is where it got really good. the malt grew and became very well balance and very alcoholic.it had a super dry hop finish and thick mouthfeel.

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Photo of kbub6f
4.49/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought online, ground shipping (unrefrigerated), a couple of months in my fridge, served 45F, reviewed 45F-65F.

It took some vigorous pouring, but I got a beautiful, french vanilla-colored thick head. It collapses fairly quickly leaving dense lacing. The color of the beer is deep red-brown.

The nose is alcohol, ripe fruit, malt, caramel, toffee, fresh bread and wine. Complex. The beer begins with sweet caramel and toffee, giving way to a malty middle with hints of chocolate. The hops take their time, but when they get here they show up in droves. There is a very hoppy finish, but the beer starts so strongly sweet that the hop bitterness is really nice for balance. The aftertaste is bread, toffee, hops. And jujube. Very warming.

This is a delicious beer. It's balanced in the sense that there's so much of everything that no one thing can dominate. Amazingly, it's quite drinkable even cool (unconscionably drinkable for 10%). Warm, it's heaven.

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Photo of BeerManDan
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When poured the color was of a reddish amber with a little foam and nice lace. The smell and taste was of a toasty toffe/caramel nose, with layers of malt and hops. A big beer without being heavy. Extremely well-balanced. Also, it did not have an overpowering effect on the after taste. Just a smooth, slightly bitter/sweet finish.
A well put together beer that has a complexity that is interesting!

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Photo of philipt
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've only recently started drinking barleywine style ales, and I'm trying to get my hands on as many as possible. Therefore, I do not have much experience in this style to compare Moylan's against. Let me say that I have not found a barleywine that I haven't thoroughly enjoyed, and Moylan's is no exception.

Pours amber in color with a reasonable size cream color head that quickly dissipates to a thin sheet covering the treasure beneath. The aroma is very piney with some floral qualities. The piney/hoppy aroma took me by surprise given my previous barleywines had a much more subdued hop character. The hoppiness continues into the taste as well. The initial taste was quite bitter and the hops abound. As I progressed through the bottle, I found the sweet malt to balance the hops very well. I tasted caramel, coffee, and hints of nuts as well. Hops are very present throughout the beer. I have to say that, at this point, prefer less hop character. Still a good beer.

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Photo of marc77
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Creamy, persistent, uniformily thick tan head tops a clear ruby hued brew. Frazzled lace remains. Pungently herbal and citrusy hop nose and assertive caramel malt combine with notes of leafy tobacco, mild carob, and hints of red licorice in aroma. Pronounced dark caramel malt sweetness upfront in flavor is ceded and offset by toasted malt and moderate hop bitterness. Fruitiness is mild, and indirectly perceptible by a concentrated, date like sweetness that emerges mid palate. Moderate hop bitterness surfaces late, and although it offsets residual sugars and prevents cloying sweetness, bitterness leaves the pervasive caramel malt character unhindered. Mild citrus and herb Columbus hop flavor. Medium bodied and slick in mouthfeel. Finishes w/ an impression of caramel syrup on darkly toasted bread. Old Blarney is a tasty and unique barleywine. Other than the dominant caramel malt profile, there wasn't great depth of character, however. It's more of a dessert barleywine than an everyday sipper.

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Photo of Gusler
4.29/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A vaporous cherry red color as it pours from the glass, producing a massive light tan head, which after decaying leaves some fine lace to cover the glass. Baked apples, caramel, light hints of coffee, toasted grains, whew what a treat for the old beak. Big malt start that is somewhat sweet, the top thick and meaningful in mouth feel, the finish is pleasantly hopped, spicily acidic, droughty lingering alcohol bitter aftertaste and a fine representative to the style, quite robust.

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Photo of maxpower
4.52/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Citus aroma,brown orange color, fresh pine-citrus hoppy flavor,alot of hops in this barley wine, but still very balanced, almost like an Imperial IPA, really great, I love this one.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a murky looking light scarlet red brew. A thin coating of a head dissipates into an edging that provides some, but little, belgian lace. Thick, sweet caramel malt dominates on the nose. The taste is very complex. A huge malt presence provides a solid foundation. Very sweet and almost cloying but not quite. The hops are more noticeable on the tongue than on the nose. There is some earthiness and herbalness coming from the hops. Provides some nice depth to this brew. There's a fair amount of fruity character also. Some alcoholic notes pop up here and there, but not as much as you'd think in a 10% a/v beer. Mouthfeel is chewy and viscous. Almost syrupy. Carbonstion level is appropriately low. Damn fine brew.

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Photo of mickeymac
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It's brown with a trace of red and has a big tan head. Hops are swimming in it and really hit you in the nose, along with lots of malt. It's got all sorts of flavor: a bit of chocolate, fruit, and toast. It's a very heavy beer, with a solid mouthfeel. The beer is warming and definitely a contender for a cold rainy night.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Old Blarney has a luscious chestnut color, and a creamy, tight tan head. Good lace displayed down the glass, too. First whiffs say alcohol! A strong, rich aroma, with some toffee-like notes and a strong hop presence. Body was medium, as well as tongue. Hoped for a bit more mouthfeel out of a barley.... Taste, like the nose, whacks you with alcohol - a big, warming, pronounced kick. A sweet malty backbone is complemented by a big hop-bite which lends good back-end balance. Drinkability? I wouldn't hesitate to have one, but perhaps just one at a sitting. Thanks to Murph for the bomber! Zum Wohl!!

overall: 4.2
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4


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Photo of beerluvr
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours with an off-white whipped cream head, over hazy amber liquid. Intense malty nose with dark fruit notes as well. Taste is smooth mouthfeel with a superp blend of heavy duty malt mixed with restrained but ever present hop bitterness, fading into a long, long malty finish. This one helluva 10% ass-kicking beer!

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Photo of Murph
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice deep amber with a great foamy tan head that lasts and clings to the glass. Smell is of sweet caramel malt, warming alcohol, and floral hops. Tastes start off with initial hop bitterness which is soon overpowered by the sweet maltiness. Flavors include toffee, dark fruits and some faint chocolate. Cloyingly full mouthfeel is almost like you are chewing the beer. Very drinkable for a barley wine. This is a real nice brew and is yet another good one that I have tried from this brewery.

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