Bligh's Barleywine Ale - Dry Dock Brewing Co.
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Reviews by chefmikeanderson:
4.5/5 rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
A: velvety cloudy mahogany color. thin head that keeps a small cap
S: as i poured the beer the smell had a lovely vanilla wood woft before it even came close to my nose. really nice whiskey caramel characters with hardly any alcohol tones.
T: since its been aged for 7 months, the hops have trouble standing up against the whiskey barrel. the good thing about that though is that its very well balanced. whiskey is there but doesnt overpower that back sweetness. good toffee dark fruit notes in there
M: just that hint of carbonation thats needed for this style i feel. has a nice creamy feel that has the flavors stick around for a while after wach sip.
O: while the beer is quite good and fits the style the way it should and it had a lovely balance, there isnt anything that screams world class to me. Its a very well made beer though. nothing wrong with it, just nothing that punches me in the face. its like your best employee thats always quite which you never worry about but never moves up because their always in the background
Serving type: bottle
11-26-2011 03:10:13 | More by chefmikeanderson
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4.33/5 rDev -1.4%
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 407 ratings.