Bligh's Barleywine Ale - Dry Dock Brewing Co.

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460 Ratings

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Ratings: 460
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 548
Gots: 138 | FT: 18
Brewed by:
Dry Dock Brewing Co. visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: waltonc on 10-08-2011)
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4.16/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -14%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.65/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

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4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Bligh's Barleywine Ale from Dry Dock Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 460 ratings.