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Bligh's Barleywine Ale - Dry Dock Brewing Co.

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487 Ratings

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Ratings: 487
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 550
Gots: 141 | FT: 19
Brewed by:
Dry Dock Brewing Co. visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: waltonc on 10-08-2011

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Ratings: 487 | Reviews: 117
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3.56/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

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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.

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Bligh's Barleywine Ale from Dry Dock Brewing Co.
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