Bligh's Barleywine Ale - Dry Dock Brewing Co.
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Reviews by zeledonia:
4.58/5 rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75
Thanks to drumrboy22 for the bottle. Tasted 7 September 2013.
Pours a medium dark amber brown. Clear, with a half-finger of yellow-tan head.
Smell is rich warm bourbon, backed well and heavily by powerful caramel malts. Lots of sweetness, loads of brown sugar and caramel. A little bit of tobacco leaf, providing a bitter bite.
Taste is really smooth. Incredible integration between the barrel and the base. Has a mash graininess throughout - moderately sweet but a little bit corny. Mellow bourbon, toffee, and roasted apples. Not much herbal, and not much fruit aside from those appley flavors. But so smooth, so mellow, and so dang tasty.
Feel is medium-bodied, not as heavy as I thought it'd be. Medium-low carbonation. Good; works with the beer.
A really good barrel-aged English barleywine. On the level of Sucaba. Has warmth, depth, and deliciousness. Rich, sweet, and incredibly smooth. Yum.
Serving type: bottle
11-01-2013 04:22:14 | More by zeledonia
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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.
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