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Bligh's Barleywine Ale - Dry Dock Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Bligh's Barleywine AleBligh's Barleywine Ale

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448 Ratings

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Ratings: 448
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 10.76%
Wants: 545
Gots: 138 | FT: 16
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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5/5  rDev +14.4%

jfstilling, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of MasterSki
3.9/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Chris (spycow) for opening this one, and big thanks to DividedAvery for trading me a bottle. Served in a Cigar City snifter.

A - A half-finger of light tan foam settles to a thin ring, wispy cap, and tiny spots of lace. The body is an attractive opaque ruby-brown color with some purplish highlights to it.

S - Tons of barrel here - oak, toasted coconut, red fruits, toffee, dates and figs, and plenty of overt booze and whiskey. Subtle, this beer is not. The flavors are quite nice, but the beer is very harsh at this stage, with intense oak and brash alcohol dominating the flavor profile.

T - The taste features more of the base beer, with lots of toffee and caramel flavors, as well as some vanilla and butterscotch notes from the barrel-aging. There's significantly less alcohol presence, with a greater emphasis on sweet malty goodness. I enjoyed the taste significantly more than the aroma, but I don't find this to be superior to other beers of the style.

M - Full bodied, with surprisingly active carbonation. Sticky, chewy, and viscous, with a low amount of tannic dryness. Quite enjoyable, except for the obvious alcohol presence. Drinks more like a 12-13% beer than a 10% one.

D - I hate to say this but: Over. Rated. Not a bad beer by any stretch, but well down the list of barrel-aged barleywines I'd want to drink. I struggled a bit through my 4oz, as the alcohol is pretty fierce at this stage. I can imagine this being quite enjoyable in 6-12 months and will likely revisit my evaluation, but in my opinion this beer is definitely not an A+.

MasterSki, Nov 28, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

JAHMUR, Nov 27, 2011
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4.78/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks go out to Schmittymack(Dan) for getting me 2 bottles!

It pours a very dark brownish red with about an inch of offwhite foam. Tilting my glass from side to side, I can see some very good lacing.

The smell, well, it's so full of caramel malt and whiskey, with a side order of toffee, that it is kind of blowing my mind. I'm literally sitting here taking in whiff after whiff.

The first sip in and bloody hell; it tastes as good as it smells. Loads of whiskey complimenting the huge caramel malt profile with plenty of toffee and some dark fruitiness hanging around in the background. Absolutely gorgeous flavours and now, some of the alcohol is popping in and brings a lot of warming. Maybe too much for a 10%abv Barleywine but hey, it's a minor quibble.

For my "major" quibble, I find the carbonation way too low for a fresh BWA that, flavourwise, could go for a heck of a long time; keep this in your cellar for a few years and you won't have any "fizz" at all. For my palate and tastes, this wouldn't bother me but I know there are plenty of folks that would have a real problem with no carbonation.

The mouthfeel is fine; on the upper end of medium bodied, again, with light carbonation that could use just a slight boost.

Drinkability? It was hard to keep the glass on the table. This is some very fine stuff, and maybe the best of the style I've ever tasted.

Bitterbill, Nov 27, 2011
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

spycow, Nov 27, 2011
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3.43/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

bottle... once again, hopefully the hype train stops in Chicago for another pretty average beer... dark caramel with a whispy tan head, nice coloring... the aroma is pretty good but too much oak dominates, some really nice sweet malt but has a wort or bready character to it, a bit of molasses as well... the taste is all over the place, and just weird, very syrupy, lots of oak and alcohol, ok for a 3-4 ounces but after that tough to drink... might be great in time, now its merely a slightly above average ba bw

jrallen34, Nov 27, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: velvety cloudy mahogany color. thin head that keeps a small cap

S: as i poured the beer the smell had a lovely vanilla wood woft before it even came close to my nose. really nice whiskey caramel characters with hardly any alcohol tones.

T: since its been aged for 7 months, the hops have trouble standing up against the whiskey barrel. the good thing about that though is that its very well balanced. whiskey is there but doesnt overpower that back sweetness. good toffee dark fruit notes in there

M: just that hint of carbonation thats needed for this style i feel. has a nice creamy feel that has the flavors stick around for a while after wach sip.

O: while the beer is quite good and fits the style the way it should and it had a lovely balance, there isnt anything that screams world class to me. Its a very well made beer though. nothing wrong with it, just nothing that punches me in the face. its like your best employee thats always quite which you never worry about but never moves up because their always in the background

chefmikeanderson, Nov 26, 2011
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4.93/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this at a tasting that included Hunahpu, BCBCS, Old Rasp XII and this was my favorite beer of the night. So wish I had more of it.

A - Dark caramel color w/ some reddish highlights. Not much head to speak of after an initial 1/2 finger or so

S - Amazing bourbon, brown sugar, and vanilla. Not as much booze on the nose as I would expect

T - So smooth for something w/ this ABV and so soon after the barrels. Bourbon, vanilla and some delicate sweetness

M - Light carbonation and again, crazy smooth.

O - I absolutely loved this beer and will be seeking more.

buffs9, Nov 26, 2011
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5/5  rDev +14.4%

Khazadum, Nov 22, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

cherryboyz, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of Azurescens
4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle 2011 batch poured into snifter, reviewed on 11/20/11.

A: Pours a dark amber-brown with light tan head that dissipates fairly quickly to leave a bit of lacing around glass.

S: Sweet caramel malt with lots of fruit and oak. Distinct wine notes, with some whiskey and a bit of alcohol. The toffee and vanilla I typically associate with a barrel aged barleywine are present but very subdued. Significantly more vinous than I was expecting but it works fairly well in this case.

T: Velvety smooth dark malt with lots of ripe fruit, plums and raisins in particular. Some oak and caramel notes with next to no detectable heat. The wine notes are not as present as in the aroma but definitely play a part in the flavor. Nice lingering taste of dark fruit, wine and oak.

M: Smooth and creamy medium-full body with low-moderate carbonation and sweet finish.

O: Very solid barleywine, just tried it for the first time right after having a Mother of all Storms, and while this is good, I definitely prefer the MoaS. Great sipping beer packed full of flavor.

Azurescens, Nov 21, 2011
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5/5  rDev +14.4%

mfield14, Nov 20, 2011
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4.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle.

Pours a dark hazy brown with hints of amber when held up to the light. There is a small bubbly beige head that recedes to a thin collar and leaves little lacing.

Aroma is outstanding with equal parts sweet barleywine and barrel character. There is molasses and caramel with toffee and some overripe dark fruits. The barrel character is evident but not dominant with some vanilla and bourbon barrel.

Damn. The taste is a slightly more boozy version of the nose, which is to say it's pretty close to perfection for this English barleywine lover. The first sip was heavier on the bourbon and vanilla than I was expecting. But the underlying beer still coming through with a sugary sweet malt backbone with booze-soaked apples. The finish has some alcohol burn but not distracting. The taste just becomes more and more drinkable as it warms.

The mouthfeel is close to full bodied, dessert-like, and just sticks on the palate after each sip.

This is a sublime beer. I've never had anything else from Dry Dock but I will be seeking some more from them. It's completely balanced with the barrel enhancing the base beer without dominating it. Love it.

gford217, Nov 20, 2011
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4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sent to me from the most gracious person in Denver.

Pop the cap and you can smell a big boozy malt bomb.
Pours a chestnut with thin sheet of khaki head. Leaves a few spots. Smells like a good bourbon, vanilla and oak with raisins and caramel in the backround. Taste is malt forward, burnt brown sugar, molasses, oak, dark fruits, and some alcohol. Light carbonation works well. A very good BA Barleywine that stands up their with all of the others.

xpimptastikx, Nov 20, 2011
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5/5  rDev +14.4%

bigdaddypolite, Nov 19, 2011
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5/5  rDev +14.4%

CK21, Nov 19, 2011
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5/5  rDev +14.4%

FeerBart, Nov 18, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 22 oz. bomber bottle, first batch, split with a friend over the Bruin's game. Really excited it try this one with all the hype around it. Poured into a couple Sierra Nevada XXX anniversary snifters, slightly chilled.

Appearance: Really dark brown, almost black in color. Pours a brown, one finger head that recedes into a nice lacing pretty quick.

Aroma: Big brown sugar, caramel, molasses, oak, bourbon and especially toasted coconut. There is a touch of alcohol heat in there, but it is really subtle and subdued. Everything is remarkably balanced. The coconut note is especially great and works perfect.

Taste: Much like the aroma, tons of sweet, malty flavors you would expect from an english barleywine and a nicely aged barrel aged beer. The bourbon / whiskey note does not overpower and plays really well with the caramel and molasses notes of the base beer. Toasted cocnut again stands out far more than I initially thought. The smoothness and lack of heat here is amazing. This is incredibly delicious and easy to drink.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and plenty of carbonation. Works well and is not distracting.

Overall, this could be my new favorite barleywine. It is incredibly balanced, easy to drink, and full flavored. My 12 oz. pour disappeared way too quickly and I wanted more. It would not be hard to drink an entire bottle by yourself. I will definitely seek this out again. A+.

Gosox8787, Nov 18, 2011
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5/5  rDev +14.4%

hiroprot, Nov 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

cpinto6, Nov 17, 2011
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5/5  rDev +14.4%

seanmonaghan13, Nov 16, 2011
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5/5  rDev +14.4%

scray24, Nov 16, 2011
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5/5  rDev +14.4%

Beerontwowheels, Nov 16, 2011
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3/5  rDev -31.4%

cadaugherty, Nov 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +14.4%

kenm2118, Nov 15, 2011
Bligh's Barleywine Ale from Dry Dock Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 448 ratings.