Bligh's Barleywine Ale - Dry Dock Brewing Co.
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Reviews by holden303:
4.83/5 rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured from bottle into a tulip at 57.5 degrees F.
A: pours an opaque deep brown with a twinge of amber hue, half a cm of off-white lacing surrounds the glass.
S: bourbon, caramel, toffee, vanilla, oak, a touch of booze, really a lovely harmony of scents coming off this one.
T: toffee, figs, candied sugar, dark fruit, vanilla, bourbon it has a nice amount of sweetness.
M: very low carbonation which i like although it is a tad thin. maybe due to the barrel treatment and aroma i'm expecting this to drink like bcbs as it smells rather similar but for the style the viscosity doesn't take away from the beer.
O: perhaps one of the best beers i've had all year, by far the best barleywine i've ever had (usually not a fan of the style) this offering from dry dock is truly supreme. with only 1200 bottles of this and stranahans discontinuing their offerings of barrels to anyone but breckenridge, despite my potential homerism i think any bourbon bal fan and/or barleywine fan NEEDS to try this beer!
Serving type: bottle
10-13-2011 06:48:05 | More by holden303
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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.
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