Bligh's Barleywine Ale - Dry Dock Brewing Co.
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Reviews by rye726:
4.72/5 rDev +7.8%
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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4.33/5 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.