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Bligh's Barleywine Ale - Dry Dock Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

409 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 409
Reviews: 106
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 537
Gots: 127 | FT: 14
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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GregSVT

Texas

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
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chrispoint

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -8.7%

02-18-2012 17:29:18 | More by chrispoint
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bigaltemple

Colorado

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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SpillyBeers

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +14.2%

02-06-2012 04:12:15 | More by SpillyBeers
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joefuzz

New York

5/5  rDev +14.2%

01-30-2012 22:42:26 | More by joefuzz
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craytonic

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
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drydockmatt

Colorado

3/5  rDev -31.5%

01-29-2012 08:01:54 | More by drydockmatt
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sweatervest27

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

01-28-2012 01:01:36 | More by sweatervest27
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Ultraman9000

California

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

01-25-2012 04:08:40 | More by Ultraman9000
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billab914

Virginia

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
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Tenchi221

California

5/5  rDev +14.2%

01-23-2012 19:10:05 | More by Tenchi221
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beerhan

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

01-22-2012 07:20:00 | More by beerhan
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largadeer

California

4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 00:36:23 | More by largadeer
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jmarsh123

Indiana

3.93/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2012 22:14:09 | More by jmarsh123
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imperialking

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -3%

01-17-2012 04:36:48 | More by imperialking
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oline73

Maryland

4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 03:16:29 | More by oline73
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nightwing002

California

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

01-16-2012 00:30:49 | More by nightwing002
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rmalinowski4

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -20.1%

01-15-2012 23:11:58 | More by rmalinowski4
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mdillon86

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -3%

01-14-2012 05:16:45 | More by mdillon86
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atomictyler

Colorado

2/5  rDev -54.3%

01-13-2012 17:50:10 | More by atomictyler
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spdyfire83

Ireland

4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

108th Review
Bottle to snifter

From notes. Enjoyed several times, but I finally decided to keep track of my thoughts while sharing with bspringer and mtep13 before flying to Ireland.

A: Murky, medium brown. Barely a quarter (off-white/tan) fingernail head on medium pour.

S: Sweet caramel, butterscotch, and toffee with inviting hints of vanilla, oak, and brown sugar. Pronounced oak character as well. Oh so delightful!

T: Much like the smell, but the whiskey barrels come thru a lot. Booze is not too over-bearing, but it warms your insides quite a bit. Soothing.

M: Full bodied with low carbonation. Just perfect!

O: Of so nice and just about everything I want in a barleywine - intense, complex, and smooth! I think this beer will only get better with age, but time will tell. The various layers compliment each other so well and Dry Dock did a masterful job here.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 17:36:52 | More by spdyfire83
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mdfb79

New York

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

From 01/08/12 notes. Shared with some friends, 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a dark mahogany brown color with one finger of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks pretty good.

s - Smells of bourbon, oak, coconut, vanilla, caramel malts, toffee, and alcohol. Very nice nose and the bourbon is up front. more coconut than I was expecting.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, bourbon, coconut, vanilla, oak, sweet toffee, sweet dark fruits, toasted malts, a maybe a tiny bit of light, sweet chocolate. A major step up from the nose to me. The bourbon and coconut are there but don't dominate as much, and there is a ton of caramel. Awesome taste.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation, it's very smooth and creamy. Did not taste like 10% ABV; great moutfeel.

o - Overall I thought this was a great barleywine. Taste is very complex and balanced, and it has a g reat mouthfeel. a great beer that I'm glad I have another bottle of. just makes me more excited to crack my King Henry.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2012 01:33:04 | More by mdfb79
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dixonmp

Colorado

5/5  rDev +14.2%

01-05-2012 23:06:20 | More by dixonmp
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JayS2629

Alabama

4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a murky brown with no head or lacing, but carbonation within the beer is fine. Its got legs like a wine.

The aroma is amazing and complex. A full, rich toffee backone with vanilla and conconut, bourbon, oak, and dark fruit. Loads of caramel.

The flavor is also amazing and complex following the nose with coconut, oak, bourbon, vanilla and sweet toffee and caramel. Dark fruit notes of plum, cherry and raisin with a spicy hop finish keeping it balanced and not cloying. Chocolate and coffee hints appear as it warms.

Very warming with a soft burn in the finish. Medium body and smooth.

Absolutely amazing sipper. Share this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 23:01:33 | More by JayS2629
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

01-05-2012 20:48:10 | More by bpfrush
Bligh's Barleywine Ale from Dry Dock Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 409 ratings.