Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Speakeasy Ales & Lagers Old Godfather Barley Wine Ale

Hello beer lovers and welcome to another edition of the NorCal Beer Blog's brew review.

Tonight’s featured beer is Speakeasy Ales & Lagers Old Godfather Barley Wine Ale. Yet another fine pick up from my friends at Royal Liquors (here).

Commercial description: “Re-emerging from the shadows, Old Godfather Barley Wine is the first of our new 22oz Infamous Series. The Infamous Series will feature three elusive releases, brewed in small batches and reserved for the tenacious.

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.”
Let’s get started!
Appearance: Pours amber with a nice cream colored head and great lacing.
Aroma: Caramel, toffee, citrus and pine hops and sweet dark fruits.
Taste: Citrus and pine hops bite at first followed by sweet caramel malty goodness.  Toffee, vanilla, brown sugar and dark fruits.
Overall: As a fan of the style I found Speakeasy Ales & Lagers Old Godfather Barley Wine Ale very enjoyable. This 9.5% ABV offering from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers is one I will most certainly purchase again!


Mark Harvey

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