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Bligh's Barleywine Ale - Dry Dock Brewing Co.

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420 Ratings

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Ratings: 420
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 548
Gots: 130 | FT: 15
Brewed by:
Dry Dock Brewing Co. visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: waltonc on 10-08-2011)
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Photo of Stevedore
4.26/5  rDev -2.7%

Thanks to Brian for giving me this bottle. 22oz bottle poured into a Cigar City snifter 4/26/2014.

A- Caramel brown, thick and viscous. Small light off-white head with retention that is average for the style- which is to say it is a bit low. No lacing.

S- Holy caramel batman. This is the most caramel-forward barleywine I've had the chance to try. Sweet caramel, toffee, with a slight earthiness and dark fruit contribution. Slight hints of oak and whiskey, but not very much.

F- Tastes just like liquid caramel. This is not superbly complex, but this is a barleywine that packs a lot of caramel and toffee sweetness, with a small dark fruit component and some whiskey that adds a bit of complexity. Very nice, though I would have liked a little more of the whiskey barrels to show up.

M- Medium bodied, viscous with low carbonation. Very sweet, easy to drink despite its higher ABV. Smooth and resinous but without being cloying.

O- Really good English barleywine. I enjoyed drinking this one a lot and so did everyone else. However, for an barrel-aged English barleywine, this beer lacks a lot of the distinct whiskey character that makes a BA English barleywine what it is.

Stevedore, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of Alieniloquium
4/5  rDev -8.7%

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter. 2013 bottle.

Appearance - Deep amber. Small khaki head. A few bubbles in the collar.

Smell - Bourbon. Fruity aroma. A bit of apple. Brown sugar and caramel.

Taste - Just like the aroma. Bourbon. Apple fruitiness. Makes it seem kinda Belgian. Brown sugar sweetness, but dries out just a bit in the end.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy. Medium low carbonation.

Overall - Very enjoyable. Very different from its other bourbon barrel barleywine brethren.

Alieniloquium, Today at 01:48 AM
Photo of sukwonee
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Very sweet but great.

It reminds me of JW Lees Harvest Ale.

Not a whole lot of barrel character but I get dark fruits, caramel, brown sugar, candy, and toffee.

sukwonee, Sep 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

lupercmda, Aug 31, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Rich1818, Aug 26, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

KCBeerNerd, Aug 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

budsandsuds8, Aug 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

SteveTheBrit, Aug 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

egrace84, Aug 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Port_Seat, Aug 05, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Williaar, Aug 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -20.1%

ericchalifour, Aug 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -20.1%

Jones153, Jul 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

tobelerone, Jul 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

Kramerbarthomer, Jul 17, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

mhenson42, Jul 13, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

hopswap1, Jul 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

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5/5  rDev +14.2%

joshwith, Jun 30, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

Todd, Jun 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

TheSevenDuffs, Jun 28, 2014
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5/5  rDev +14.2%

sammyg832, Jun 26, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Stillmakingnoise, Jun 25, 2014
Photo of GeezLynn
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%

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.

GeezLynn, Jun 25, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

FlussigkeitMut, Jun 24, 2014
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Bligh's Barleywine Ale from Dry Dock Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 420 ratings.