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Bligh's Barleywine Ale - Dry Dock Brewing Co.

Bligh's Barleywine AleBligh's Barleywine Ale

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Ratings: 359
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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Photo of Jeffo


4.18/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Masterski. Cheers man!

From a bomber into a snifter
Vintage: 2011
Aged in whisky barrels

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, medium looking, slightly bubbly, light tan head with decent retention. Head quickly fades to a faint wisp and ring. Clear rosewood red in color with no carbonation evident. A ring remains until the end but leaves no real lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Whisky, oak, caramel notes and some brown sugar on the nose. Light notes of dark fruits like raisins and grapes, and then some booze as well. Toches of vanilla and coconut from the barrels come into play as it sits. Pretty nice, though it could be a little bigger for the style.

TASTE: Nice flavors here. Whisky up front with oak, wood, caramel sweetness, dark fruits and brown sugar as well. Lots of barrel after the swallow with more whisky, coconut and vanilla notes, brown sugar and caramel sweetness, as well as some light, bitter dark chocolate. A hint of floral bitterness as well. Very complex with lots of barrel notes and sweet flavors going on.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. This could be a bit heavier, but it's very creamy on the palate. Goes down slightly prickly and burns a bit at the swallow, finishing somewhat sticky. Surprisingly very little heat lingers on this.

OVERALL: This is solid, solid stuff. The taste is the most impressive part of the beer, but if the nose were a little bolder and the feel slightly smoother, this would be a top class beer. As it is now, it's very enjoyable and is definitely worth the hunt if you're a fan of the style. Thanks again for the beers Masterski.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2012 13:00:43 | More by Jeffo
Photo of kawilliams81

Yukon (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2011 vintage. Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a 8 oz snifter.

A- pours a dark chestnut with a 1 finger light brown head. Minimal lacing.

S- brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, some bourbon and oak.

T- toffee, bread, roasted malts, bourbon, vanilla , with a slight earthy bitterness at the finish.

M- full body and medium carbonation. Big creamy, syrupy mouthfeel gives makes this beer very enjoyable going down.

O- very good Barleywine. Thick mouthfeel covers up the slight abv burn this beer still has. Not in the top tier of BA barleywines but close.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2012 02:07:56 | More by kawilliams81
Photo of brystmar


4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Mac! 2011 bottle.

Brown body, particularly when compared to a stout alongside. No head or lace, but that's fine. Aroma is mostly boozy & ethanol; lacks complexity. Disappointing.

Caramelized malts start to finish. Tastes like those clearly wrapped caramels melted down and mixed with booze. Kinda one-dimensional, but that singular quality is really damn good.

Delicious, though I prefer the Kuhnhenn BBBW.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2012 23:31:27 | More by brystmar
Photo of Treebs


3.93/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle served in a Deschute tulip. Big Thanks to Andrew (nasty31) for the share.

A: Pours a dark and cloudy rub color with a tan ring forming on the pour. Splotches of lace are left down the glass.

S: Spicy rye whiskey is up front. Dark fruits, mostly raisins, with a subtle roasted malt undertone. The majority of the nose is dominated by the whiskey. It even drowns out the rest of the barrel.

T: Some fruity esters and spice from the whiskey. Raisiny dark fruit flavors with some sweet candied sugar. The whiskey isn't harsh, but it is overbearing at times.

M: Medium bodied, a tad thin for my liking, with a medium to low carbonation.

O: While I certainly like this I had this side by side with King Henry and had Hi-Fi Rye a little afterwards. This just didn't hold up to the big guys IMO.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2012 20:54:50 | More by Treebs
Photo of Etan


4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz into a snifter. 2011 bottle. Thanks googzoid!

A: Pours a deep woody reddish-brown with a small tan head.

S: Superbly balanced nose. Cooked raisins, cinnamon, brown sugar, prune, caramel, coconut, vanilla, plum flesh.

T: Big brown sugar and fig, slight spice, vanilla, prune, slight oak, raisin, soft booze, fruity sugar, caramel. A bit tannic and slightly warming in the finish.

M: Slight pop of carbonation, then it's gone. Thick, rich.

O: Just excellent - all the flavors are very smoothly integrated. Barrel-aging should always be done like this. A pleasure to drink.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2012 19:03:45 | More by Etan
Photo of scottfrie


4.13/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks for the trade Exiled! Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a dirty murky mud color with almost no head. Reminds me of dark iced-tea.
S: Not as potent as I was expecting. I get some notes of caramel and whiskey. Alcohol vapors are noticeable.
T: Very smooth flavors of caramel, mellow whiskey barrel, vanilla, strong caramel and a hint of honey. I get a few fruit skins as well.
M: Thick body, viscous mouth, sweet but not cloying. Finish falls off with no burn. Very smooth.
O: One of the better BA barleywines I’ve encountered. Very rich but so easy to sip on. Thanks again, Exiled.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2012 18:21:44 | More by scottfrie
Photo of abecall98


4.7/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thank you sexy ScottFrie.

A - eh, cloudy, brown, and weak head. Looks almost like a sour brown ale unfiltered. Just not what I'm used to when seeing my pour of BA Barleywine.

S - smells good. Incredibly sweet. Aromas of sweet apple and cinnamon surprisingly. A little Carmel too, cool.

T - incedible. Makes my nipples hard. A thick Carmel flavor just starts your journey. Some nice woody notes hit from the barrel, and some sweet sugary malts finish. I am getting more Carmel in the dry finish, man, this rocks.

M - perfect to style. It's not overly or under carved. Just the right ammount. Goldielocks would love this. The beer is thick and sweet, yet finishes slightly dry. It's different, and I love it.

O - this beer right here, it's really good.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2012 04:22:24 | More by abecall98
Photo of mikeyv35

New York

4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Date: 03/16/12
Type: 22oz. Bomber
Vintage: 2011
Glass: General Lafayette Pint Glass

Pours a muddy brown mahoghany in color w/ a skim coat white head and little to no lacing. Aromas of caramel, toffee, vanilla, coconut, oak, and whiskey. The flavor started off w/ sweet caramel and toffee, leading into subtle dark fruits (raisins/figs), and closing w/ vanilla, coconut, and whiskey. Medium bodied and lush. Pretty easy to drink w/ the 10% lower end of the spectrum ABV being well masked.

Overall, incredibly flavorful brew with tremendous depth and oh so smooth! Glad I have another bottle of this big dog in my favorite style category. Not sure how this one got slightly overlooked and King Henry took center stage.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2012 16:59:36 | More by mikeyv35
Photo of Sean9689


4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at DLD 2012...not sure who to thank.

A - Pours a mirky copper/brown color, off-white head, spotty lace.

S - Booze, dark fruits, caramel, burnt sugars, oak. I would say this needs a few more months, but still, it's very solid on the nose and there's nothing bad to say besides the higher level of alcohol.

T - Similar to the nose, the booze is up front followed by dark fruits, burnt sugars, light vanilla, and oak. The whisky is well-integrated but still too much right now...6-12 months will do this beer some huge good. Finish is sweet caramel and oak mixed with whiskey.

M - Medium body, good carbonation, creamy dark fruity finish.

O - My small pour was the perfect amount to enjoy this beer. Hard to really drink a bunch of this stuff (as with more BW's), but it's really coming a long nicely from when I had it fresh. I would say hold your bottles unless you really like a lot of booze in your BW's. In the very near future, this will be an amazing beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2012 16:50:37 | More by Sean9689
Photo of HuskyinPDX


4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Traded for this 2011 bottle from DividedAvery back in December. Decided to pull it out of the cellar and enjoy on 5.20.12.

A - Pours a dark brown-amber with a small light tan head that turns into some large bubbles on the edges.

S - Surprisingly sweet fruit, apples and some wood. As it warmed a lot of carmel, coconut, and vanila

T - Carmeled apples - Wow! Very good, coconut and some toffee.

D - Decent carbonation with a thinner, sticky body.

O - So, very tasty. The carmel flavors really dominated and I really loved it.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2012 22:17:07 | More by HuskyinPDX
Photo of silentjay


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

a very muddy brown that is nearly opaque with a decent sized dark tan head that quickly recedes and laces a bit.

very sweet aroma. lots of molasses, maple, dark brown sugar, along with plenty of oak vanilla, toffee, a bit of roasted nuts and some booze.

again sweet, caramel, tons of molasses, maple syrup, with plenty of wood, whiskey, vanilla, toffee, toasted coconut, roasted nuts. a bit of leather and almost like an old ale. reminds me a little of Kuhnhenn's BB4D.

full bodied and sticky sweet with a good amount of carbonation and a lingering candy sweetness.

wow. very impressive. drinks very smooth, but has the complexity and power present to make this a contemplative sipper. will definitely seek out more of this.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2012 04:13:50 | More by silentjay
Photo of siege06nd


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

A. Pours a rich dark mahogany color. One of the prettiest pours I have experienced in this style with a uniform, rich three-quarter finger head. Spotty lacing, but good legs down the sides of the glass.

S. Ripe dark fruit, cherry, fig, raisin, plum, vanilla, chocolate, and some faint whiskey.

T. Caramel, vanilla, cherry, fig. Hints of oak char, chocolate, coconut, and toasted marshmallow. Big kiss of whiskey in the finish, but it compliments it perfectly. Wow, it is incredibly smooth and balanced. Lots of toasted bread crust, fruit, toffee, and bootstrap.

M: Little bit of alcohol burn is the only thing that isn't quite right. Otherwise, it is near perfectly balanced and a great example of a barleywine that emphasizes the barrel aging and a hearty malt balance instead of going overboard with sweetness.

O: One of the finest barleywines I have had. Right there with KH, MoAS, and Sucaba. Really balanced and easy drinking. Not sickeningly sweet or loaded with fruit, but the barrel, caramel, toffee, and marshmallow flavors are amazing. I think its decidedly different in that regard from most of the other top examples of this style. Outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 00:58:57 | More by siege06nd
Photo of orangesol


4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to stormking47 for bringing this one to Imminent Liquidation II. Was really looking forward to trying this one, glad I got a sample.

A - Pours hazy brown with a decent one finger tall off-white head leaving small streaks of lace down parts of the glass.

S - Smells of toffee, caramel, dark fruits, oak, vanilla and warm bourbon. The booze is fairly strong at this point, dulling some of the other amazing aromas.

T - Starts off with quite a bit of sugary sweetness - mostly toffee, caramel and brown sugar - slowly giving way to hints of vanilla, oak and warm bourbon. A good balance initially, the booze grows a little too aggressive toward the end of my sample. Finish is a mix of sweetness and booze burn, lingering on the palate long after consumption.

M - Big body with plenty of sweet flavors and moderate carbonation. The booze is strong throughout, combining with the barrel to leave the palate dried after each sip.

O - A very nice barrel aged barleywine, all tho I have had better. I would like to try this one once the booze dies down a little more, I think it will greatly improve.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2012 23:45:18 | More by orangesol
Photo of ehammond1

4.05/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2011)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, quirkzoo!

Blind Tasting and Review

(Aged for 6 months)

Clear, dark auburn and chestnut in color with a very small light brown head. This leaves the glass relatively clean on the way down.

Nice, rich aroma of vanilla, caramel, toffee, and bourbon. This smells sweeter than most of the other barrel-aged barleywines in the lineup.

The flavor follows the aroma, though is significantly sweeter than many of the others in the blind barrel-aged barleywine lineup. There's nice vanilla and bourbon character, though the base beer seems like it's probably somewhat lacking.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Silky.

A very nice, somewhat sweet, barrel-aged barleywine.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2012 22:12:00 | More by ehammond1
Photo of tewaris


4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bligh's Barleywine
Poured into a snifter. Thanks Colby.

Rich, strong barrel notes; brown sugar and caramel; some alcohol notes and they work very well. Certainly not hot in any manner though. Sweet and decadent with notes of caramel, toffee and dry fruits; appears slightly thin and clean with the base beer and barrels perfectly balanced.

4, 4, 4.5, 4, 4.5

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2012 06:16:35 | More by tewaris
Photo of KevSal


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

big thanks to baconsausage for sending this my way, won in willpower 30. big thanks to the one who brown bagged this to him as well, not sure who it is, thank you.

as with all my lifs, heres the review!

22oz split into 2 snifters

a- looking very good. nice dark reddish hue like a good ba barelywine usually pours. looks very thick, but a very minimal head.

s- the nose on this one is fantastic! strong young whiskey upfront like a punch in the face! very reminicient to ccb's whiskey milk porter. vanilla oak, slight toffe and some sherry in the back. slight alch sting in the faint back end.

t-taste definitely delivers. distinct whiskey upfront with notes of vanilla and a barrel. very impressive. very unique flavor, strong whiskey alcohol character without the heat.

m-this one is pretty thick, much thicker than sebago single batch i reviewed, and only 1 % more alch. i like full bodied and sticky ba barelywines and this one elivers

o- very good beer here. delivers on all fronts for sure. the whiskey character is strong and not for everyone but this one was put together very well.the difference between whiskey and bourbon is displayed well here.
ill bet with a bit of age this one may be stellar.

glad i got to try this one for sure.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 06:14:17 | More by KevSal
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2012 01:59:11 | More by zeff80
Photo of FosterJM


3.98/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1163rd Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter

2012 Vintage
Thanks to Poonamibaxter for sending this to me.

Shared with GuruDel, JazzPatel, MrHirschybar & BdubleEdubleRUN

App- Had more of a darker richer brown then some orange highlights from the barrel. Same type of bubbles though. No real head or cling.

Smell- I enjoyed the smell of this one but I think Bourbon would've been a better choice. The whiskey did a nice job of adding some heat and other flavors but too prickly.

Taste- This opened quite nice with a rich oaky, vanilla flavor. Then moved to a small malt note and even some hidden citrus. The whiskey was assertive but not overpowering being a new bottle.

Mouth- A solid medium body with a medium creamy carbonation and a lot of bourbon boozy oaky vanilla residual flavor.

Drink- Good beer but think the Whiskey couldve been switched out for Bourbon. Too prickly for my tastes really.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2012 18:08:01 | More by FosterJM
Photo of Marty30


4.48/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle. Poured at 55 degrees into a Jackie O's snifter.

A. Mostly brown body with burgundy highlights, a quarter inch tan colored head appeared but dissapates just as quickly,leaving only large bubbles. No lacing on the glass.

S. Whiskey hits the nose first,it's not very overpowering but prominent. Underlying is toffee, caramel,figs,dates and brown sugar. I also get some of the oak characters.

T. Exactly like the nose. Strong whiskey notes that definatly don't drown out the base beer.Well intergrated with the fruits and counters the sweetness.

M. Heavy,creamy feel. Slightly bitter finish. Caramel whiskey aftertaste lingers. Slight alcohol burn as it goes down.

Overall an excellent beer! Wow runs toe to toe with MOAS. I have to try to get more of this. It is a must try for sure.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 19:41:32 | More by Marty30
Photo of barleywinefiend


4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a murky light brown with good carbonation presenting a nice dirty white ring and some bubbles

S: Light bourbon, whiff of caramelized sugar, toffee and some Earthy wood notes.

T: Follows nose very well. A good mix of sugary caramel sweetness, toffee, vanilla, toasted oak and light but detcetable coconut. It has a nice sweet, coating and rather heat free finish

M: A little slick and sticky, well carbonated and slightly lighter on body than I liked.

O: Fantastic beer. Hype train roll on...

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 12:01:37 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of crossovert


4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle.

It is a gusher for some reason. It pours murky brown with reddish hues and a fizzy tannish white head..

The smell is nice. There is a fruitiness running through it that is beautiful and reminds me of J.W. Lees. The oak and bourbon scents are also there, not overpowering, which I like. The alcohol is there, adding a perfume that melds with the bourbon.

The flavor is pretty good. A lot of flavors combine for a luscious flavor. Nothing seems overpowering. There is a nice combo of vanilla, caramel, and bourbon that really seems to be the backbone. There is also a hint of bitterness and a big hit of dark fruits.

This one is a bit cloying and hot at times but overall a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 06:23:16 | More by crossovert
Photo of GregSVT


4.7/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a tulip

A: Pours murky dark red with a small tan head that fades to a ring and leaves no real lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is incredibly rich with big notes of vanilla, caramel, english toffee, light toasted coconut, light earthy hops, and whiskey.

T: The taste is very similar to the nose with huge flavors of caramel, toffee, dark fruits like figs, vanilla, and whiskey. This is sweet but not cloying like others in the style. It's also incredibly smooth...probably the best flavors I've had in a Barleywine as far as not too big and not too small.

M: The feel is thick with an oily finish. The alcohol is no where to be seen as well.

O: Incredibly good and incredibly smooth. This ranks right up there with MoaS as one of my favorites in the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 05:04:24 | More by GregSVT
Photo of bigaltemple


4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally decided to go ahead and open this one up.

A - Pours a dark, cola-brown. Minimal head quickly becomes a thin collar, leaving some moderate lacing.

S - One of the best smelling brews I've had. Strong whiffs of toasted coconut and sweet vanilla. Some brown sugar mixes with raisins, figs and oak. Whiskey is detected, but nothing overpowering.

T/M - Sweet caramel maltiness mixes with vanilla and mild whiskey "burn". A nice bite at the back end keeps this well-balanced instead of overly sweet. The dark fruits really come through as well. Comes across as medium to full-bodied with low carbonation.

O - Delicious! So glad I got a bottle before they vanished off the shelves. Would gladly drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 13:59:00 | More by bigaltemple
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District of Columbia

4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Ruby-brown pour, decent off-white head with a touch of lacing
Smell: Pleasantly sweet, touches of bourbon, toffee, caramel and vanilla.
Taste: Similar to the aroma, faintly sweet with some dark fruits, bourbon, toffee, brown sugar, caramel, vanilla, booze and oak. Well done.
Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, medium body.
Overall: Not my favorite of the style but very solid, wish I could get it locally.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 03:37:37 | More by craytonic
Photo of billab914


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

Thanks to siege06nd for opening this one the other night. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tasting glass. It poured a murky dark caramel color with a thin tan head to it.

The aroma has a nice mix of caramel, brown sugar and bourbon. I get a little vanilla and dark fruits out of it as well. The barrel character is very good in it, very smooth and well integrated into the beer.

The taste has more of the sweeter, brown sugar and caramel flavors to it at first. Towards the finish the barrel character starts to come out more and gives it some woody oak and bourbon flavors. It's very smooth and flavorful.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied for the style with carbonation being moderate. Overall it was a great beer. The bourbon and barrel flavors were great in it and were the highlight of it for me. It was very smooth and integrated into the beer flavors. Very solid barrel aged beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 20:49:15 | More by billab914
Bligh's Barleywine Ale from Dry Dock Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 359 ratings.