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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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460 Ratings

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Ratings: 460
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 547
Gots: 139 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: waltonc on 10-08-2011)
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Photo of Jeffo
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of mazerock
5/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of kawilliams81
4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of AutumnBeerLove
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of angelmonster
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of brystmar
4.1/5  rDev -6%
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.

Photo of Treebs
3.93/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Photo of AgentZero
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Etan
4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of scottfrie
4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Photo of abecall98
4.7/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of ucsbmullet
5/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of AndrewK
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of eawolff99
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of PEIhop
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of hiphopj5
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of enelson
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of mikeyv35
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of Sean9689
4/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of GuisseppeFranco
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of crazyfidel
5/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of fightingb77
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.58/5  rDev +5%
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.

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