Bligh's Barleywine Ale - Dry Dock Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Reagan1984:
4.97/5 rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Well, I am thankful to have a friend in Denver that sent me a couple of these. As it turns out, I am not being so original betting on the BA Aged BW kick… They are so good though. Perfect for winter.
Even with an aggressive pour no more than a ¼ inch of tan foam forms and then fades rather quickly. A spot or two of lace, but not much. (more than most barley wines actually) Color is more of a leather brown color with only a touch of the burgundy that is usually present in the style. I like the color.
Aroma if your first hint that this is going to be special. Vanilla, brown sugar and coconut. Then some sweet (chewy…yes I just described an aroma as chewy) caramel… (this is going to be a 5)
Caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla. Repeat. Smooth bourbon… caramel in the finish. The balance here is unreal. Wow, believe the hype. I am trying to communicate that there is a lot of complexity while there is total balance and harmony. Not sure there are other flavor components, but the melding of these is unreal. Now and again the wood come through below the surface. Love this.
Velvet like and silky. A touch of carbonation to bring the flavor to life.
I’ve opened some bottles that were hyped and been really let down. And I’ve open hyped bottles and tried to get up front on the band wagon. I am driving the bus on this one. This is a great beer. How dare they claim to only make this beer once? Seriously….. make this again and again. Awesome.
Serving type: bottle
01-02-2012 22:49:06 | More by Reagan1984
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4.33/5 rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Rated based on several tastings since, now that I finally have the opportunity to sit down and write a review, the last bottle is a bit over the hill at 2 years.
A: Pours a cloudy auburn with a brief white head. Not particularly attractive, but typical of an aged barleywine.
S: Caramel, brown sugar, almost a maple syrup-like quality and a light alcohol bite. Faint whiskey once it warms. Smells sweet and inviting.
T: As expected, very sweet – brown sugar dominated with cola and raisin. Whiskey has faded considerably at this point, but there is still plenty of vanilla in the mix. Unlike many American brewed barleywines advertised as “English Barleywine”, I feel this was an accurate representation as the hopping was fairly restrained, even when fresh. Alcohol is barely discernible.
M: Body is medium with light soft carbonation (even when fresh).
This was a very nice beer last fall, but has fallen off noticeably since then. Not really oxidized, but time has lessened some of the complexities, especially the barrel and hops. Still good, but like many barrel aged beers, better within a year of bottling.
Love the name/art work on this beer. No doubt Captain Bligh would’ve avoided mutiny had his ship been well stocked with this fine ale. Will be looking for more.
Serving type: bottle
06-25-2014 01:58:30 | More by GeezLynn
Bligh's Barleywine Ale from Dry Dock Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 409 ratings.