Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Moylan's Old Blarney Barleywine

Old Blarney
Barleywine Style Ale

Aroma: Surprisingly light in the nose considering the style. Light bread grain character with some dark fruit coming out. Though these are both quite faint. Some citrus hop notes in the background but you really have to look for it. At first smell, you won't smell much of anything.

Appearance: Color is light cherry red with a slight haze, though you can fairly easy see through the beer. With an easy pour the head forms a light foam of off-white with low but good retention.

Flavor: Malt sweetness is most prevalant upfront with some candy sugars mixing in as well. The sweetness last but for a moment before a moderately strong alcohol spice kicks in. The alcohol carries the flavor through the middle but does allow those dark fruit notes to push through. Finish is biting and dry with hop bitterness and more alcohol hitting you at the back of the throat.

Mouthfeel: Meduim body with medium carbonation. As you'd imagine the alcohol bites the tongue and throat with it's heat and spice. It comes off slightly fusal at first but as your palate adjusts the beer is nicely warming. Finish is dry with lingering hop bitterness.

Overall: I am very surprised by the lack of aeromatics in this beer. With everything you'd expect in a Barleywine this one does lack aroma. Malt texture and flavor are good with a strong backing of alcohol and hop bitterness. Step up the malt complexity and give me something to smell and I think we'd have an even better example of the style.

I rated this beer a "B" on BeerAdvocate.

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