Bligh's Barleywine Ale - Dry Dock Brewing Co.
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Reviews by rye726:
4.72/5 rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
With all the hype going around about this beer I thought I'd throw in my two cents. Enjoyed on tap a while back. Pours a dark mahogany with a thin tan head. Nose has oak, whiskey, nice English malts, subtle hops, dark pitted fruits, caramel, toffee and a bit of vanilla.
What I really like about this beer is that it is well balanced. I find that most barrel aged barleywines these days, and stouts for that matter, are way too sweet and have way too much barrel character. This one is quite nice, and still holds a good level of complexity.
Medium to full body is well carbonated, not too thick or cloying. Would like to see a bit more depth in the finish. Should age well for at least a few years, but is drinking pretty well right now.
Serving type: on-tap
11-09-2011 02:49:20 | More by rye726
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4.48/5 rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
2012 vintage obtained in trade. Previous cellar conditions reported to be @ 50f year round
A - brown dark dark amber
S-honey, calvados, apples, brandy leather
T-brown sugar, vanilla, apple brandy
M- a little too thin, most likely age related. Absent carbonation. Drinks like a brandy
0- very very good. Probably shouldn't age longer than a year. It's not showing any oxidation, just thinnish and lacking carbonation. Flavor is beautiful , ala JW Lees
Serving type: bottle
02-02-2014 01:45:36 | More by Jjski
3.56/5 rDev -18.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5
Appearance: Bligh's pours out a moderately viscous murky auburn color. Not much in the way of carbonation it appears, as very little head forms on the pour, which is remedied by vigorous swirling of the glass. So there is a bit of carbonation, if not much.
Smell: Toasted caramel, coconut, dark fruits, vanilla, and a hint of whiskey. Seems to be nicely integrated, and certainly complex. While it's complex, it does seem to be lacking a certain richness that the best English Barleywines I've sampled have had. But still, good.
Taste: Toffee, toasted coconut, hints of whiskey soaked raisin, and vanilla. Again, nicely complex, but really lacking a certain something to push it over the top. Flavors are a bit muted for me.
Mouthfeel/Overall: Medium mouthfeel, which seems about right, but almost devoid of carbonation. Certainly a miss there. Overall, some very nice flavors and a good base beer, but for me the lack of carbonation really retracts from most of the other aspects. Add a bit of carbonation and I like it a lot more.
Serving type: bottle
01-03-2014 03:23:25 | More by zhanson88
Bligh's Barleywine Ale from Dry Dock Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 336 ratings.