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Bligh's Barleywine Ale - Dry Dock Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

422 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 422
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 548
Gots: 131 | 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 UCLABrewN84
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to holden303 for sending me this one as part of the N00B BIF 6!

Pours a murky dirty brown with a 1/2 inch foamy tan head that quickly fades to nothing. No lace to speak of. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, toffee, fruit, vanilla, toasted coconut, oak, and some subdued whisky aromas. Taste is pretty much spot on with the smell. A slight bitterness accompanies each sip and there is an alcohol warmth in the back of the throat as well. This beer has a low level of carbonation with a slightly flat and smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good barleywine with a ton of complex smells and tastes. I am really glad I was able to try this beer.

UCLABrewN84, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -8.7%

djrn2, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of kkrez. Served in a SAVOR wine glass.

Pours a medium brown color with a good off-white head and a nice bit of a tan collar. The nose carries some pretty good bourbon with some caramel in the background. Flavor carries a nice bit of bourbon and oak with caramel there as well. Not too many characters but a great combination. Quite well done, but not an amazing bourbon barrel barleywine, though that includes the best of the best.

Thorpe429, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -8.7%

zestar, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev -3%

nmann08, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

acurtis, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of brentk56
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

brentk56, May 18, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing this, Javi.

Pours a dark amber/copper color with a fairly sizable off-white head. Smells overwhelmingly of dark fruits such as prunes, plums, and raisins. There is a bit of whiskey and vanilla on the back end. Sweet caramel and brown sugar add to the cloyingness. The flavor is also intensely sweet. Heavy on the brown sugar, caramel, and toffee notes. Lots of dark fruit flavors with only minimal whiskey/barrel notes. Medium bodied with surprising carbonation for the style.

womencantsail, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -31.5%

ygtbsm94, Dec 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -20.1%

GRG1313, Dec 20, 2013
Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -8.7%

spycow, Nov 27, 2011
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4/5  rDev -8.7%

westcoastbeerlvr, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of largadeer
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into a tulip. Pours a deep, almost opaque burgundy color. The head rises to about a finger before settling to a collar.

Pretty good nose here, malty with nice oxidation in the form of nuttiness, prune, cocoa. The malt character is rather English, and almost has a DME quality to it. The barrel character is subdued but pleasant. There's little heat to speak of.

Big toffee malt flavor. Nutty, semi-sweet, some nice fruitiness in the form of date and prune. Oak, but not a ton of overt bourbon. A graceful display of oxidation. Full-bodied, with a slight tannic bite to the finish. Enjoyed this quite a bit.

largadeer, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of zeff80
3.98/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden amber color with a small, thin, white head of bubbly foam. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled sweet and malty with boozy notes.

T - Very boozy - you can really taste whiskey-like flavors. Sweet caramel and toffee with just a touch of bitterness.

M - It was crisp and fairly sharp. A full bodied ale with a warm alcohol punch.

O - This is a really tasty brew. Dry Dock does such amazing beer. I need to find more.

zeff80, Mar 31, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

JAHMUR, Nov 27, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

SocalKicks, Apr 09, 2014
Photo of russpowell
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!

russpowell, May 20, 2013
Photo of MasterSki
3.9/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Chris (spycow) for opening this one, and big thanks to DividedAvery for trading me a bottle. Served in a Cigar City snifter.

A - A half-finger of light tan foam settles to a thin ring, wispy cap, and tiny spots of lace. The body is an attractive opaque ruby-brown color with some purplish highlights to it.

S - Tons of barrel here - oak, toasted coconut, red fruits, toffee, dates and figs, and plenty of overt booze and whiskey. Subtle, this beer is not. The flavors are quite nice, but the beer is very harsh at this stage, with intense oak and brash alcohol dominating the flavor profile.

T - The taste features more of the base beer, with lots of toffee and caramel flavors, as well as some vanilla and butterscotch notes from the barrel-aging. There's significantly less alcohol presence, with a greater emphasis on sweet malty goodness. I enjoyed the taste significantly more than the aroma, but I don't find this to be superior to other beers of the style.

M - Full bodied, with surprisingly active carbonation. Sticky, chewy, and viscous, with a low amount of tannic dryness. Quite enjoyable, except for the obvious alcohol presence. Drinks more like a 12-13% beer than a 10% one.

D - I hate to say this but: Over. Rated. Not a bad beer by any stretch, but well down the list of barrel-aged barleywines I'd want to drink. I struggled a bit through my 4oz, as the alcohol is pretty fierce at this stage. I can imagine this being quite enjoyable in 6-12 months and will likely revisit my evaluation, but in my opinion this beer is definitely not an A+.

MasterSki, Nov 28, 2011
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4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

alright, the price ($19.00 per bomber) really made me think twice about this purchase, but the fact the there was only one on the shelf, and it came highly regarded sealed the deal. can't say i regret it. this one poured a deep caramel auburn color into a wine glass, with a very thin but persistent little head. holy cow the nose! this one smells of bourbon whiskey, oak, and alcohol. also coconut in the nose like the label says, but not coconut from a tree, more like a can of coconut milk, which is entirely pleasant and subtle. mmm! mouthfeel is slightly heavy and sweet, almost like a real nice dubbel, complex and malty. the alcohol is all smoothed out with a thoroughly robust whiskey finish, certainly imparted from the barrel aging process. a big time beer, warming from the inside out. heavy heavy buzz after a bomber. really nice on an early autumn night. if any volume of beer can be so pricey and worth it, it surely is dry dock bligh's. not for everyone, but impeccably well done!

StonedTrippin, Oct 12, 2011
Photo of drabmuh
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared by Thorpe, at the time of this review, this is the #4 top beer on the beeradvocate.com "Top Beers - English Barleywine" list. Fun. Poured into a Stone IRS snifter. We did this beer a huge disservice by serving it immediately after King Henry, this is a fine beer, very good in fact but King Henry blew it out of the water by a lot.

Beer is reddish brown, a little hazy, thin tan head, low retention, low carbonation.

Aroma is sweet, liquor, oak, biscuit, mildly fruity.

Beer is medium in body, sweet on the front, gives way to a nice rounded character of oak and mild liquors. Strong but nice throughout. I really enjoyed it. I'd have it again.

drabmuh, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of oline73
4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

We opened this at the tasting this weekend. Poured into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy reddish mahogany color with some light coming through at the edges. There is a layer of off white head that fades to a ring.

Smell: This one is quite sweet and malt, can definitely tell it's an English Barleywine. Caramel and dark fruit with some vanilla and bourbon.

Taste: This is a very sweet beer, but not cloying. Raisins, caramel, and vanilla from the barrels. The bourbon is smooth but the overall finish if the beer is a bit hot.

Mouthfeel: Thick and syrupy body with mild carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a really good barleywine. I love caramel and bourbon, so this is right up my alley. I have another bottle that I'll sit on for a while and see what happens with some time.

oline73, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of Rifugium
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.

Rifugium, Jan 26, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

mendvicdog, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of mdfb79
4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 01/08/12 notes. Shared with some friends, 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a dark mahogany brown color with one finger of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks pretty good.

s - Smells of bourbon, oak, coconut, vanilla, caramel malts, toffee, and alcohol. Very nice nose and the bourbon is up front. more coconut than I was expecting.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, bourbon, coconut, vanilla, oak, sweet toffee, sweet dark fruits, toasted malts, a maybe a tiny bit of light, sweet chocolate. A major step up from the nose to me. The bourbon and coconut are there but don't dominate as much, and there is a ton of caramel. Awesome taste.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation, it's very smooth and creamy. Did not taste like 10% ABV; great moutfeel.

o - Overall I thought this was a great barleywine. Taste is very complex and balanced, and it has a g reat mouthfeel. a great beer that I'm glad I have another bottle of. just makes me more excited to crack my King Henry.

mdfb79, Jan 10, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So glad other BAs suggested this beer in a recent thread as I had no idea of it's existence. BA Barleywines encompass some of my favorite beers including MoaS, Arctic Devil, Wooden Hell and Abacus and this beer is right at home in this exalted company.

Bligh's pours a murky, ruddy brown with a very slight collar of quickly fading foam.

The nose is where this beer begins to shine. A deep inhalation brings strong scents of freshly made caramel, vanilla and bourbon char. Further notes of muscovado sugar, maple and cashew can be coaxed with a generous swirl of the glass. A very faint alcohol presence can be detected which carries over to the flavor as well.

The taste continues the smell almost perfectly with caramelized sugars and deep malt flavors coming to the forefront. The sweetness of this beer is spot on as it never becomes cloying but touches all the right notes including toffee, candied pecans and coconut. Fantastic!

Mouthfeel is slightly thin and is the one area that this beer falls short of my favorites. If the carbonation level was increased slightly it would do wonders for this beer.

Overall this a fabulous beer that I will seek out on a regular basis.

Rochefort10nh, Nov 03, 2011
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Bligh's Barleywine Ale from Dry Dock Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 422 ratings.