Old Blarney Barleywine - Heaven Hills Barrel Aged | Moylan's Brewery

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Brewed by:
Moylan's Brewery
California, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by kaseydad on 05-14-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 10 |  Reviews: 5
Photo of wethorseblanket
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes taken at Blue Palms 3rd Anniversary party on 8/13/11.

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Photo of DeadeyeOTDO
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of NickMunford
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of JeremyDrinksBeer
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of ehammond1
4.14/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap

Blue Palms 3rd Anniversary Party
Blue Palms BrewHouse
Los Angeles, CA

Hazy, cloudy, murky brown with a very thin, almost non-existent, head. Spiderweb lacing down the glass.

A rich, inviting, welcoming aroma consisting of wonderful notes of bourbon, vanilla, wood, and earth, along with caramel and toffee sweetness. Fantastic. This reminds me of Firestone Walker's Abacus's little brother.

Bourbon, vanilla, wood, toffee, and caramel blend together to create a well-balanced, relatively easy-drinking, high-alcohol sipper.

Medium bodied with low carbonation.

A wonderful barrel aged barleywine. It reminds me a lot of one of my favorites: Abacus. Terrific!

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Photo of charlzm
3.04/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Consumed at Blue Palms 3rd Anniversary event in Hollywood, CA.

Beer is a cloudy dark caramel color with very little head.

Aroma is sweet malts, vanilla and brandy.

Overly sweet barleywine: lots of caramel, brown sugar and wood. Some fairly unpleasant bitterness (wood) on the finish. As beer warms, the spirits come out to the point of alcohol heat in the mouth.

Mouthfeel is slightly thin for any liquid: for a barleywine, it's especially so. Totally still in the mouth without the slightest carbonation.

This is a bit of fail, folks. Move along.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at blue palms 3rd anniversary

Look: Deep brown in color with traces of red through out. No head

Smell: Bourbon brown sugar and caramel

Taste: This beer is very bourbon forward with quite a bit of booze. Then finished of nicely with some oak caramel vanilla and brown sugar

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with medium carbonation

Overall: A very good BA barleywine. The Heaven hill barrels really give the beer a great flavor. Very well balanced beer. Highly recommended

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Photo of John_M
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Originally had this beer at Belmont Station in 12/2010. At the time there was no listing for a Heavenly Hills aged version (just an American oak aged version, which is where this review was originally posted). Now I see there is, so I guess it's appropriate to move my review.

I am assuming this is what I sampled at Belmont Station the other day. The beer menu indicated it was the Old Blarney aged in Heaven Hills bourbon barrels.

The beer pours a brownish amber color with good head retention and lacing. The bourbon barrel aging is very prominent on the nose, as this beer comes across as rich, powerful and boozy. There is considerable caramel and chocolate as well, and so I expected this beer would be pretty sweet. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely in this sweet barleywine, and once again the bourbon flavor is very prominent. Mouthfeel is fairly full, with a long, boozy, sweet, rich finish. The alcohol was listed at around 10%, but this beer is not the least bit heavy or tiring on the palate. In fact, the beer is so smooth, there's almost a creamy consistency to it. The carbonation comes across as fairly low, which works well in this beer I thought. Drinkability is OK, though the sweetness and obvious high alcohol make this very much of a sipper. I ordered the "small" size portion at Belmont Station, and frankly I found that to be more than enough for me. Regardless, I thought this a very impressive offering from the folks at Moylans.

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Photo of kaseydad
4.52/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at the brewery. Not sure if this is the same as the bourbon barrel aged since no barrel was listed but here goes....

Brought to the table at room temperature and I am met with a burgandy colored ale with a slight ring of foam around the glass but overall very smooth on the top. The smell has a woody aroma with some wine and bourbon characteristics drifting through. Slight vinegar, caramel and brown sugar shine through as well. Very nice aroma and the barrel just enhances this already great brew. The taste has some booze up front with a great oak flavor and malt in the background. Slightly buttery with some cinnamon and vanilla also. Just great. Nice alcohol warming as it sits. Smooth as silk mouthfeel. Nothing more could or should be changed. Overall I think the cask condition completely brings out so much more taste and character to this brew. The barrel aging did wonders for this and I look forward to trying this again. Amazing beer.

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Old Blarney Barleywine - Heaven Hills Barrel Aged from Moylan's Brewery
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 10 ratings
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