Bligh's Barleywine Ale - Dry Dock Brewing Co.
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5/5 rDev +14.2%
So far I've been impressed with a lot of Dry Dock's beers so I had to try the Barleywine (BA Barleywine is one of my fav styles)...
It didn't disappoint. Pours a cloudy deep brown mahogany with a tan head, carbonation was spot on for a barleywine.
The aroma was sweet like caramel with a hint of vanilla, coconut and toffee, and had really nice whiskey notes that weren't overwhelming but complementary... one of the reason I love BA Barleys. Overall a perfect balance of aromas, without any dominating.
The taste is just as amazing and well-balanced. The sweet maple and caramel flavors along with some dark fruit are on the forefront coupled with the complexity of the whiskey and gentleness of the oak. So good, so sweet.
Mouthfeel is so right for this beer, not too heavy, not too light. While it's loaded with flavor and a medium-thick mouthfeel, the beer doesn't seem difficult to drink!
Great beer... probably the top of my BA Barleywine list.... already purchased another couple bottles.
Side note: This beer was aged in Stranahan's Whiskey Barrels, so it's not bourbon your tasting, it's single-malt whiskey made in Colorado, not Kentucky.
11-11-2011 21:50:43 | More by Prospero
4.05/5 rDev -7.5%
Acquired via trade
Blind Tasting and Review
(Aged for 6 months)
Clear, dark auburn and chestnut in color with a very small light brown head. This leaves the glass relatively clean on the way down.
Nice, rich aroma of vanilla, caramel, toffee, and bourbon. This smells sweeter than most of the other barrel-aged barleywines in the lineup.
The flavor follows the aroma, though is significantly sweeter than many of the others in the blind barrel-aged barleywine lineup. There's nice vanilla and bourbon character, though the base beer seems like it's probably somewhat lacking.
Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Silky.
A very nice, somewhat sweet, barrel-aged barleywine.
04-26-2012 22:12:00 | More by ehammond1
4.54/5 rDev +3.7%
A - Dark hazy brown with a syrupy complexion. Light carbonation and just a few bubbles.
S - Malty, lots of barrel and oak, dark fruit, and light chocolate
T - Sweet brown sugar, dark fruit, lots of chocolate. Good beer with lots of sweet flavor. Light oak on it in the finish
M - Smooth, body with a light syrupiness and stickiness to it
O - Really good and sweet barleywine with nice chocolate flavor to it as well. Not as good as KH but pretty close
06-16-2013 17:13:32 | More by jeonseh
4.24/5 rDev -3.2%
A: Pours a slightly hazy brown color with a small tan head that reduces quickly leaving a ring on top. Not much lacing.
S: Nice caramel and bourbon aroma mixed with some brown sugar, toffee, and a little wood.
T: Lots of caramel and toffee mixed with bourbon and brown sugar. A bit of oak and vanilla, faint dark fruit in the middle.
M: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation.
O: Pretty good for a barleywine, barrel does a nice job. Was better when I had it alone than at a barleywine tasting, but I think that was simply due some of the other beers in the line up.
05-08-2013 21:11:43 | More by mdaschaf
4.63/5 rDev +5.7%
2011 vintage served slightly chilled into a goblet.
Bligh's is a dark redish brown color with good clarity seen through the edges. The head is thin but that doesn't seem out of style for a strong barrel aged beer.
Aroma is very strong and rich with whiskey and oak character. It has a mellowed booziness and pleasant sweetness like an old ale.
Flavor is really quite surprisingly well balanced and just perfectly blended. It has great sweetness up front that follows with mild whiskey flavor. It finishes with mellow barrel aged vanilla and caramel. Dark fruits come through like a nice dark Belgian ale.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and perfectly carbonated. Balanced but full of depth and character.
What a fantastic beer. Barrel aged beers are becoming more and more prevalent but it's still very rare to find one as well done as this. One of the best beers of this style.
04-10-2013 01:46:44 | More by GilGarp
Bligh's Barleywine Ale from Dry Dock Brewing Co.
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