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Bligh's Barleywine Ale - Dry Dock Brewing Co.

Bligh's Barleywine AleBligh's Barleywine Ale

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360 Ratings
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Ratings: 360
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 10.5%


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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DenverHopHead

Colorado

3.81/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap; poured into a snifter.
Appearance - a caramel brown, little to no head and that leads to no lacing.
Smell - some sweetness, spice, a tangy alcohol.
Taste - sweet bourbon, some cognac, a hint of brown sugar, cinnamon and spice.
Feel - this is a sweet, smooth barley wine. The ABV is present, but very welcomed!
Overall - an excellent brew, but certainly overrated, especially considering the price point.

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2014 23:12:57 | More by DenverHopHead
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rye726

Colorado

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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Jjski

New York

4.48/5  rDev +2.3%
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
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zhanson88

California

3.56/5  rDev -18.7%
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
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zeledonia

Minnesota

4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
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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EgadBananas

Louisiana

4.16/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: tawny brown with red hints and a meager tanned head.

Aroma: caramel, butterscotch, toffee, roast, vanilla, oaky bourbon finish.

Taste: caramel, toffee, raisins, roasted malts, butterscotch, mild bourbon finish.

Mouthfeel: full bodied and creamy, quite low carbonation.

Overall: no booze detected, drinkability is great. A super smooth barley wine that isn't too sweet or heavy on the barrel.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 13:54:35 | More by EgadBananas
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maximum12

Minnesota

3.65/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Blakelive784 for sending this much-anticipated bottle along a bit ago. I've only sampled this next to a bevy of the world's best barleywines, so I was eager to take a swing at it solo. 22 oz. bottle with a minimalist, retro label & gold foil split with my wife.

Pour is a dull, lifeless brown, like a clay tennis court after a five-hour match split in half by a thunderstorm. The smell brings me close to nirvana: some of the biggest caramel noodles I've experienced, dipped in vanilla & painted with seventeen layers of bourbon. A dose of brown sugar completes the aromatic masterpiece.

Bligh's Barleywine is liquified caramel with a base of bourbon. Almost literally. Caramel melts the top layer off my palate's face, backed up by lick after lick of bourbon. Booze, sweetness, brown sugar course through mid-palate; then the alcohol really kicks in & alcoholic caramel squares dominate the end. Lack of carbonation weights this one down & hurts the drinkability. A bit of spritz would have been nice.

Now I understand why this beer underwhelmed against the likes of Mother of All Storms, King Henry, & other heavyweights: a pretty good barrel-aged barleywine, but just not in the same weight class.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 02:59:49 | More by maximum12
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours murky brown/amber in color with a razor thin off-white head that diminished fairly quickly. Big toffee, caramel, light coconut, a hint of vanilla, somewhat nutty, figs, raisins, spicy oak, and almonds in the aroma. Taste is big figs, dark fruits, with a touch of spice, hints of cinnamon, and coconut through the middle, with lighter notes of sweet caramel and brown sugar, ending with a light alcoholic bite on the backend. Slick mouthfeel with almost no carbonation throughout. Overall, a very solid barleywine that was not overpowered by the barrel treatment, This was too tough for me to come by to seek this out again.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2013 17:39:09 | More by CuriousMonk
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cbeer88

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz 2012 vintage poured in Duvel tulip. Tasted blindly courtesy of Blind BIF #8.

Appearance: Dark and cloudy brown with a hint of red. No head to speak of, just a few wispy bubbles prove there is some carbonation in this beer. No lacing.

Smell: Vanilla, oak, caramel… some prune-y/fig-y/raisin-y fruit.

Taste: Right off the bat I can tell this beer has some age on it. The flavors are very well melded together. Not a lick of alcohol burn to speak of, aside from the bourbon flavor. Very malt forward, with undertones of the barrel. (bourbon, vanilla, oak, etc) Overall fruity, very much like a belgian strong dark, but I don't taste belgian yeast. No noticeable hops anywhere to be found.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, maybe even thin for the style? Extremely low carb level - a notch above flat.

Drinkability: Drinking nicely. The alcohol is completely hidden, and there are some good flavors going on. You have to be able to enjoy a sweet low carbonated beer though. You can do a whole bottle, but it's a long sipper.

Overall: I like this beer quite a bit. I don't know what it is, so I can't say if I've had it before, but age has clearly treated it kindly. It's not terribly complex, but what is there is quality.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2013 02:19:21 | More by cbeer88
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mynie

Indiana

3.79/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Let’s say you’re at a rockin’ party, circa 1985. It’s way New Wave. The host is dressed shamefully, like Eddie Murphy in Raw. The chicks (it’s still okay to call them “chicks” back now) all look awful, their faces mannequins smeared with crushed berries, their hair a sad mess of feathers and straw. Herbie Hancock’s “Rocket” is playing and some dude is like, hey man, you wanna blast off? You’re worried he’s talking about s’ing your D but you still say “yeah sure” because you don’t want people to think you’re grody to the max and so the dude pulls out some coke and extols you to take a snort. You do. It burns. Your vision gets tinted red and a bunch of Italian guys start cheering and saying stuff in their ungodly language, something about “borax” and “crushed Smarties.” Still, you pretend to like it, because you want to sound rad.

That’s what it was like when I tried J.W. Lees Harvest Ale. My whole review, I was like “oh golly this is probably way good but I’m just too stupid to know any better.” Later on, I noticed something strange: John’s Grocery has a whole vertical of Lees going back to the mid 90s. Not because it’s expensive. Because it’s bad and no one likes it.

So I say sure, go ahead, pour that shit in oak. People complain about how horrible the BBA Lees’ ales are, but I don’t see how they could be any worse.

I bring this up because Dry Dock’s Barleywine is, like Lee’s, an English barley wine. And I’m sorry, but this style is shit unless it’s properly Americanized. The genuine British stuff tastes like some kind of weird peat and raisin tea. You got to load some hops into that, or pour in some vanilla, or just fucking stick it in a barrel for a year and hope it comes out palatable.

This—this is palatable. I think it’s a good example of its style, then, in that it’s traditionally British (all filled with figs and rotting teeth) but I’ll be able to finish the bottle. It’s still not quite good, though.

(Full review with pics: http://mynie.com/?p=641)

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2013 02:03:36 | More by mynie
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jeonseh

Indiana

4.54/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 17:13:32 | More by jeonseh
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.56/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Big ups to SteveO for this...

2012 offering pours an effervescent hazel color with a sliver of cream colored head. Zero head retention & lacing, some viscosity to this. This beer's only short coming is no real big deal

S: Plums, raisins, vanilla & nice boozey notes

T: Follows the nose, woody hops, dryness & raisins, marcino cherry, a bit of brown sugar & treacle up front. Hints of oakyness, vanilla & a kiss of whiskey booze mix with the cherry & plum as this warms. Finshes with caramel, vanilla, black cherry & an iota of chocolate

MF: Chewy, modest carbonation with much warming sensation, superbly balanced, a bit sticky

True to form, with a very subtle barrel-aged twist. I really enjoyed this one. Get it if you can!

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2013 03:02:38 | More by russpowell
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.26/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2011 bottling

Appearance: Pours a clear russet, the head being a vague formation of bubbles; somewhat leggy, with dotty dribbles streaming down

Smell: Caramel, Bourbon, vanilla, fig and coconut

Taste: Caramel, fig and date notes, up front, with the Bourbon and vanilla bringing a punch to the middle; after the swallow, earthy bitterness adds balance and there is a hint of coconut in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: A very nice English style barleywine that is drinking magnificently almost two years in

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2013 18:54:56 | More by brentk56
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mdaschaf

Washington

4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2011 Vintage.

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2013 21:11:43 | More by mdaschaf
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tjmodica

Texas

4.26/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage

Great Barleywine's take me back to somewhere very primitive and cool.

Dry dock copied Anchor Old foghorn on the color, just perfect for the style. Ok when you look up malt bomb in your text books this is what you will see. Sweet sweet sugar plums with a hint of pancake syrup, really nice nose this is an English Barleywine. Taste just like the nose with minimal alcohol burn. I will save an ounce and half for pancakes in the morning . Outstanding job and I hope the 2012 version holds up to these standards. My Dad would be proud of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2013 00:25:01 | More by tjmodica
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GilGarp

Colorado

4.63/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2013 01:46:44 | More by GilGarp
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CruisaC

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to arrogantB for this trade. 2012 release

Pours standard deep caramel barleywine-ish color; unfortunately nary a head of foam forms

Smell is malt heavy with a touch of whiskey/oak coming through.

Taste is very biscuit malty. I was hoping for something more complex. Very one dimensional to me. Very little barrel coming through.

Mouthfeel has more carbonation than the initial pour clued me in on, but still left me wanting a bit more.

Overall a letdown, glad to have tried it on a random Sunday night watching the Walking Dead with my brother; otherwise I'd have been more disappointed. Still glad to tick it off the list of BA barleywines.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2013 03:25:06 | More by CruisaC
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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

Bligh’s pours a dark ruby caramel color with light tan edges and a full, dark molasses center. A sparse off-white cap leaves a sparse lacing down the glass.

The nose is smooth, with the aromas blending very well together. Bourbon, figs, molasses, dark chocolate, full raisins, caramel, vanilla, and spicy oak in the nose and flavor.

The body is nice and full, with a light, creamy carbonation. It is a bit sticky on the tongue, and there is a boozy presence to go along with the bourbon in the back.

Dry Dock definitely has created a strong offering in the barleywine category.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2013 05:08:57 | More by KickInTheChalice
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I was quite disappointed that I didn't have time to visit DD on my CO trip a couple years ago, so thanks to whomever shared this bottle at Stone Soup '13.

A deep ruby-brown pour with a foamy tan head that receded to a ringlet and left some doily lacing on the glass. Aroma of sweet malts, oak, fruity esters, booze. Taste of caramel malts, toffee, [vegetal] vanilla bean, toasted oak soaked in whiskey, dark dried fruits, leather. Tasty and complex, heavy-medium body, a bit chewy, and almost more reminiscent of an American than an English barleywine, but who's really keeping track? Very nice overall.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 23:00:03 | More by Rifugium
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LittleDon

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 2 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2011 Vintage, aged approximately 1 year.

Brown to dark brown color. What little head there was disappeared quickly. Aroma of baking bread and prunes with a hint of acetone. Medium-heavy body with sufficient carbonation to say "Beer" and not port (which it is very reminiscent of). Vanilla, dried apricots, and soft caramel candy flavors. Feels like 10% but doesn't taste like it.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2013 23:23:14 | More by LittleDon
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Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks the mdfb79 (Dan) for sharing this awesome beer with everyone!

The beer pours a very pretty dark red to brown color with ample cascading lacing and a great ring of head.

The smell is rit in the pocket for a BA Barleywine, it has a great bourbon overtone to a sweet and semi hoppy base beer. It's sweet but not too sweet. Prunes, raisins, rum raisin ice cream, brown sugar, alcohol sweetness, and a bit of spice. A great smell.

The taste is great, but is pretty sweet compared to what I had anticipated. Cotton candy, plus all the notes of the smell, it's nice but maybe the sweetness covers up some of the complexities from the aroma.

The feel is ok, a little thinner than I had hoped but not overly boozy.

Overall a very worthy beer, definitely worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 01:31:54 | More by Dreadnaught33
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kojevergas

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2012 vintage. Acquired a few weeks ago at a liquor store in Parker, Colorado. Reviewed live. 10% ABV confirmed. 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with an elegant label and a foilved over pressure cap served into an EKU 28 snifter in me gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Expectations are high given its current rating.

Served after a brief period of rest following its removal from the refrigerator, and allowed to warm further over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Paired with honey pretzel braids.

A: Pours a half finger beige colour head of fair cream, decent thickness, and bad retention (~40 seconds) - though it's excusable for the 10% ABV. A ring floater remains for about a minute after the head fully recedes. Body colour is a very dark caramel-brown; it's understated but I wouldn't call it dull. Its lack of transparency coupled with its opaqueness prevents it from being vibrant. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Overall a spot-on appearance for the style.

Sm: Whiskey is definitely the first thing I get, followed by oak. Caramel and toffee make an appearance. Hints of vanilla lend it more of a bourbon feel than a whiskey. Toffee. Biscuit malts. It's actually surprisingly restrained in terms of its malt character for a barleywine. Buried fruit. I search for coconut but don't find it. Rich in fermented sugars. I don't detect any substantial hop character - a positive attribute in terms of my personal preferences for the style. An understated, subtle aroma of above average strength. No real yeasty character is detectable, but there may be a hint of alcohol heat.

T: Oak and coconut hit me first and last throughout. Some bourbon-esque vanilla, again feeling more like bourbon than whiskey. Caramelized malts comprise the unobtrusive foundation, but never feel out of place. Subtle hints of toffee throughout. Some dark fruit on the climax combines with the vanilla for a satisfying effect. A bit of alcohol heat right on the finish, to its detriment. No yeast character at all. A bit imbalanced, but well put together for the most part. It's certainly a sipper. A good build for a barleywine. The taste is certainly more rich and malty than the aroma. I like it, but admittedly I expected better.

Mf: Undercarbonated, bordering on flat. Smooth and wet. Good thickness. Lacks sufficient palate presence to adequately support the flavour profile. A beer this refined in taste demands a better executed mouthfeel.

Dr: She's a sipper, alright. I'll have trouble killing this bottle by myself, but I reckon I'll enjoy doing so for the most part. Still, I do wish I had a friend about to help me put her down. The ABV needs to be hidden far better than this. Overall, it's a solid barleywine from one of Colorado's best breweries, but I expected far better given its current ratings. I'm hoping this will pick up with age, and I'm not unhappy to have a couple more bottles on hand, but I have to admit I'm disappointed. Worth picking up if you haven't tried it, but I won't be grabbing any in future years unless I hear it's gotten better.

High B

It does pick up slightly as it warms, but not substantially. I recommend serving it slightly chilled.

I wouldn't pair this with anything fancy. Pretzels did me just fine.

Seems like a good candidate for aging.

*I had to tweak the appearance rating to give this the letter grade I needed to. This helps keep my reviews fair and consistent. Please see my profile page for more information.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2012 05:16:27 | More by kojevergas
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the 2012 bottle

Pours rich brown, murky a bit. Little tan head, not all that big. Settles to a collar. Slick lacing.

Vanilla, caramel, rich sweet bread. Perhaps some ginger in the aroma. Cookie.

Flavor is great. Sweet, dark, rich, caramel and vanilla. Some booze, but not a 10%er. Very nice as the barrel aging takes over command, and under control.

Mouthfeel falls apart a bit. It's thin. The richness just falls away. Maybe it's lack of carbonation? I'm not sure. A hint of nuttiness on the back, and then the beer just goes away. Easy drinking though. Is that good?

A fine beer. I'll have to re-try this one to if the feel is more than just in one bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2012 04:35:02 | More by Mebuzzard
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SkeeterBoganski

Colorado

4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber in to a snifter, 2012 vintage.

A - off-reddish brown; 1/8th inch head; a little lacing with no retention; very little bubbly carbonation

S - boozy; plums and raisins; brown sugar, maybe a little vanilla; a little bit of oak; bourbon!

T - bourbon; grapes; raisins; sweet bread; caramel; just a touch of coconut; some chocolate notes here as well

M - this beer is packing some heat...will certainly do better with some time behind it; medium body; mild carbonation; slick; stays there for a bit then disappears...smooth; a little syrupy

O - thankfully I've got a few more of these...this is one of those beers that will get much better with time; it's boozy, delicious; plenty of flavors here with the right amount of whiskey and oak present; great barleywine

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 23:56:06 | More by SkeeterBoganski
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alexipa

Colorado

4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark reddish brown with no head at all.

S: Toffee, sugar, whiskey, lots of raisin/dark fruits. Really great smell, best part of this one.

T: Lots of whiskey comes through. Nice sweet malty backend with hints of toffee and caramel, maybe a bit of vanilla. Whiskey dominates though.

M: Very hot, but nicely carbonated. Thin body, almost watery. Tastes ALL of 10%, but yet is very smooth.

O: Pretty good. I have to admit I expected more and am a bit disappointed for what I spent. Not worth seeking out to me, but worth picking up a bottle if you happen to find it.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2012 03:38:19 | More by alexipa
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Bligh's Barleywine Ale from Dry Dock Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 360 ratings.