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Bligh's Barleywine Ale - Dry Dock Brewing Co.

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Bligh's Barleywine AleBligh's Barleywine Ale

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484 Ratings

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Ratings: 484
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 544
Gots: 143 | 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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3.6/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I expect sweetness from a barleywine and sweetness from the bourbon barrel aging but this is a bit much for me. Very sweet with an almost syrupy characteristic beyond what I would ever want. Very sad about this as I really like their vanilla porter. Pours a hazy red-orange. Smells of bourbon, sweet malts and booze. Dominant sweet bourbon flavor, caramel, sweet malts. Sweet heavy body with med/light carbonation. Not as obnoxiously sweet as it warmed but still too much for me.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -14%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.2/5  rDev -3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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4.84/5  rDev +11%

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4.26/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle, 2013 vintage printed on the bottle, poured into a Dry Dock tulip glass. Reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a burgundy brown color, very opaque with a fizzy, khaki head that vanishes quickly yielding no film nor lace. The aroma huge on toffee while bourbon oak, stone fruits, vanilla, brown sugar and caramel follow up behind it, very rich and sweet. The flavors pack that same punch, though more rewarding, still plenty of toffee, sweet and rich grain, oak, brown sugar, caramel, bourbon integrates itself nicely while vanilla, stone fruits and molasses linger at the finish, wonderfully complex, each sip brings something to the table. The mouthfeel is a bit thin and lackluster, struggles to coat the mouth however, this does make this beer very easy to drink, void of the usual "heaviness" to a big barrel aged beer. The finish is smooth and leaves a lightly warming sensation behind.

Verdict: A very delicious bourbon barrel aged barleywine from Dry Dock, definitely up there in the pantheon for this style, and definitely an "underrated" beer, although the ratings seem to indicate it's quality, so perhaps it's a "under-known" beer that isn't as heralded as the rest. Perfect for a fall or winter evening to sip on, delicious.

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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4.36/5  rDev 0%

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5/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

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4.2/5  rDev -3.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.08/5  rDev -29.4%

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4.12/5  rDev -5.5%

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4.55/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.17/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage. Tulip glass.

A: Pours a medium copper brown color, with a thin film of khaki head, receding quickly to a ring of large bubbles. Dark but very good clarity.

S: Aroma is very close to a traditional English barleywine, with austere toffee and a touch of dark fruit (raisin), but then some toasted oak, bourbon, and cinnamon comes through as well. Barrel treatment is pretty light handed.

T: Toffee and dark fruit, a bit of bourbon and coconut. Moderate sugary sweetness that approaches flabbiness.

M: Light carbonation and medium-full body. Alcohol is completely hidden.

O: Pretty tasty, and surprisingly close to a good but non-BA barleywine. Sweetness is a tad high, though.

Bligh's Barleywine Ale from Dry Dock Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 484 ratings.