Bligh's Barleywine Ale - Dry Dock Brewing Co.
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4.48/5 rDev +2.3%
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.
03-04-2012 19:41:32 | More by Marty30
4.38/5 rDev 0%
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...
02-19-2012 12:01:37 | More by barleywinefiend
4.28/5 rDev -2.3%
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.
02-19-2012 06:23:16 | More by crossovert
4.7/5 rDev +7.3%
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.
02-19-2012 05:04:24 | More by GregSVT
4.53/5 rDev +3.4%
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.
02-12-2012 13:59:00 | More by bigaltemple
District of Columbia
4.33/5 rDev -1.1%
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.
01-30-2012 03:37:37 | More by craytonic
4.43/5 rDev +1.1%
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.
01-24-2012 20:49:15 | More by billab914
4.25/5 rDev -3%
Bomber into a tulip. Pours a deep, almost opaque burgundy color. The head rises to about a finger before settling to a collar.
Pretty good nose here, malty with nice oxidation in the form of nuttiness, prune, cocoa. The malt character is rather English, and almost has a DME quality to it. The barrel character is subdued but pleasant. There's little heat to speak of.
Big toffee malt flavor. Nutty, semi-sweet, some nice fruitiness in the form of date and prune. Oak, but not a ton of overt bourbon. A graceful display of oxidation. Full-bodied, with a slight tannic bite to the finish. Enjoyed this quite a bit.
01-22-2012 00:36:23 | More by largadeer
3.93/5 rDev -10.3%
Big thanks to d4radio for the bottle!
Pours a cloudy murky caramel brown with just a small ring of off-white head.
Aroma is definitely sweet. Whiskey, oak, vanilla, molasses and toffee all come through.
Malts again at the forefront of the flavor. Definitely can tell this is the style from across the pond. Loads of sweet caramel with vanilla, oak, raisins and a slight undertone of whiskey. Whiskey is just a touch hot.
Thick and luscious mouthfeel. Got a tad cloying at times, but in general did a good job of hiding the alcohol and keeping sweetness in check.
I love me some barleywine and this one is a good one. Not sure what whiskey was used for this, but it's one of the better ones I've had. It compliments the base beer instead of overpowering it even at a young age.
01-17-2012 22:14:09 | More by jmarsh123
4.38/5 rDev 0%
We opened this at the tasting this weekend. Poured into a Chimay goblet.
Appearance: Pours a cloudy reddish mahogany color with some light coming through at the edges. There is a layer of off white head that fades to a ring.
Smell: This one is quite sweet and malt, can definitely tell it's an English Barleywine. Caramel and dark fruit with some vanilla and bourbon.
Taste: This is a very sweet beer, but not cloying. Raisins, caramel, and vanilla from the barrels. The bourbon is smooth but the overall finish if the beer is a bit hot.
Mouthfeel: Thick and syrupy body with mild carbonation and a dry finish.
Overall: This is a really good barleywine. I love caramel and bourbon, so this is right up my alley. I have another bottle that I'll sit on for a while and see what happens with some time.
01-16-2012 03:16:29 | More by oline73
Bligh's Barleywine Ale from Dry Dock Brewing Co.
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