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Bligh's Barleywine Ale - Dry Dock Brewing Co.

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476 Ratings

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Ratings: 476
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 10.78%
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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Photo of potbeercollege
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been drinking the shit out of this for the last few months and honestly i must be missing the hype because it is a solid, but slightly above average BA barleywine. I do still keep going back to it though...Pours murky dark brown, big molasses/dark caramel action in both nose and taste. Very sweet, not lots of barrel character, stranahan barrel plays more of a support role which i like in a BA barley (too many have overwhelming whiskey character IMO). Chewy mouthfeel.

Its funny to me how some beers become so hyped, most people who want this beer have never tried Dry Dock staples but for whatever reason they are obsessed with attaining this beer. I;m certainly guilty of doing the same with other breweries but to me the hype surronding this beer is particularly unfounded and seemingly random. The hype train needs to slow down a little bit, but undeniably a great beer. Wish i had more, but its all out now.

Photo of billshmeinke
4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber/brown color. Half a finger of off white head. Great lacing and retention.

Smells of caramel, oak, vanilla, brown sugar.

Taste follows smell. Caramel, toffee, some brown sugar, oak, vanilla, some ripe berry notes and cloves on the finish.

Mouthfeel is a touch thin for the style. Low carbonation. Pretty sticky.

Pretty solid, but I definitely wouldn't trade for it again. Not to say that I don't think it was worth trading for the first time. Worth trading for a bottle if you really like BA barleywines.

Photo of kscaldef
4.46/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to RuckusDu for the trade

Pours ruddy brown, whisps of cocoa head. Big whisky nose, followed by brown sugar and dates; bit of plum and cherry as it warms. Lots of molasses in the taste, vanilla, mild oak. Just the right amount of sweetness, good linger but not sticky. Very drinkable 10%.

Photo of TheDudeRules
3/5  rDev -31.2%

Photo of yourefragile
4.17/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared by sideshowe at the Rosso release and by thorpe last night. 22 oz 2011 bottle.

Pours a murky dark brown with a thin tan head. Boozy, earthy aroma with a strong barrel presence. Strong caramel and toasted malt, vanilla, whiskey, and oak. Medium thick, chewy body with strong strong carbonation and a hot alcohol finish. Whiskey, vanilla, coconut, dry oak and raisin dominate the flavor. This is a nice take on the style, but the body is a little odd and it is very barrel forward this fresh. Sampling this immediately after King Henry amplified these flaws, but regardless this is well worth trying.

Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of kkrez. Served in a SAVOR wine glass.

Pours a medium brown color with a good off-white head and a nice bit of a tan collar. The nose carries some pretty good bourbon with some caramel in the background. Flavor carries a nice bit of bourbon and oak with caramel there as well. Not too many characters but a great combination. Quite well done, but not an amazing bourbon barrel barleywine, though that includes the best of the best.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike.

The beer is dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma of toffee, bourbon, oak, malt, caramels. Nice flavor. Well balanced and flavorful, but not in the upper tier for the style. Lots of toffee and caramels. Bourbon component is well integrated. A solid beer. Recommended.

Photo of beenitty
5/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of callmemickey
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of urwithdave
5/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of corby112
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to sideshowe for sharing.

Pours a murky, dark chocolate brown color with a one finger light beige head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.

Slightly earthy aroma with a lots of sweet booze, barrel and dark fruit notes. The barrel character is prominent with hints of toasted oak, vanilla and whiskey but it doesn't overpower the other notes. Hints of chocolate and caramel as well as some fig, plum and other dark fruit.

Chewy medium body with a bit more carbonation than expected. There's and excellent balance of booze, barrel character and sweet and leathery malt. Hints of dry oak, sweet boozy whiskey, vanilla and toasted coconut followed by some caramel, toffee, hazelnut and dark fruits, notable fig, raisin and plum. Well balanced with a well masked ABV considering it's strength. There is a lot of alcohol flavor/sweetness but not much heat. Really flavorful and dangerously drinkable. Recommended!

Photo of Gtreid
4.31/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml. bottle thanks to boatshoes via the Double barrel shotgun BIF. Poured into my Founder's tulip.

A: Murky, brownish apple cider color. A minimal head popped up after the pour and quickly faded to a thin collar.

A: This is a caramel bomb! Caramel is forward, but there are also great notes of oak and buorbon barrel. Vanilla, toffee, and some light earthy hop scents round out the nose.

T: Pretty much follows the nose. Huge caramel notes, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, and oak. The beer finishes sweet with a noticable alcohol heat.

M: A touch light on the carbonation, so it becomes a bit oily. Heavy body.

O: I really enjoyed this beer. The barrel does a nice job of complimenting the base brew without taking over. If you like caramel, this is the beer for you. Cheers.

Photo of Vermonthiker
5/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing this, Javi.

Pours a dark amber/copper color with a fairly sizable off-white head. Smells overwhelmingly of dark fruits such as prunes, plums, and raisins. There is a bit of whiskey and vanilla on the back end. Sweet caramel and brown sugar add to the cloyingness. The flavor is also intensely sweet. Heavy on the brown sugar, caramel, and toffee notes. Lots of dark fruit flavors with only minimal whiskey/barrel notes. Medium bodied with surprising carbonation for the style.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.31/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to holden303 for sending me this one as part of the N00B BIF 6!

Pours a murky dirty brown with a 1/2 inch foamy tan head that quickly fades to nothing. No lace to speak of. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, toffee, fruit, vanilla, toasted coconut, oak, and some subdued whisky aromas. Taste is pretty much spot on with the smell. A slight bitterness accompanies each sip and there is an alcohol warmth in the back of the throat as well. This beer has a low level of carbonation with a slightly flat and smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good barleywine with a ton of complex smells and tastes. I am really glad I was able to try this beer.

Photo of Centennial
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bomber into snifter.

A. Reddish brown, on the clearer side with a small head of foam around the rim.

S. Vanilla, Charred Bourbon and caramel. Very Sweet and inviting.

T. Caramel and Maple is subdued by charred oak and a dry tobacco laced bourbon flavor. This finished is excellent as the alcohol is completely hidden.

M. Smooth with mild carbonation which is perfect for this beer.

O. This is excellent, it might be the top barrel aged barley wine to date for me.

Photo of StoutFest
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of HopHead84
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Bottle shared by Javier at Strong Ale 2011.

A: Dark reddish brown with a small beige head.

S: Dark toffee blends with brown sugar, caramel, and a pleasant vanilla profile. Whiskey is pronounced, and I get big booze and oak notes. Dark fruit reminds me of plum and prune. 

T: Rich toffee with a little brown sugar. Whiskey is well integrated. There's a decent amount of alcohol heat blending with strong oak notes. The finish is fusel alcohol, caramel, and whiskey.

M: Upper medium in body with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Good, but nothing really sets it apart or pushes it above the B+ range.

Photo of sideshowe
5/5  rDev +14.7%

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5/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of McNuts
5/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of session1979
5/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to daniloknezic for this beer! I have really wanted to try this one since he told me about it!

poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: brownish orange bodied beer with a thin cap of tan colored head.

Smell: Big caramel, butterscotch, vanilla, and oaky bourbon! smells great! Nothing that really unique, but the beer smells just like a great barrel aged barleywine should smell.

Taste: Caramel notes are big and the barrel is shown off well in this beer! The vanilla, oak, and bourbon seem to effortlessly blend together with a nice malty beer. Also getting figs, raisins, and toffee.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with carbonation thats at the low end of moderate. The beer has superb balance, nice complexity, super smooth, and carbonation is right on. This beer is also really drinkable for the style, at 10% there is practally no detectable alcohol presence.

Overall: YES! Dry Dock does this beer style really well. Its in the same class as FSW Abacus! I found myself sipping and savoring this beer. Do not pass this beer up, it is phenomenal!

Photo of woosterbill
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into a Surly Darkness glass. Huge thanks to Chris for sharing this, freshly delivered by the hype train.

A: Hazy, deep orange-brown body under a thin, transient layer of fine tan foam. Solid.

S: Very sweet and fruity, with coconut, oak, whiskey, and vanilla backing up the rich dark fruits. There's some booze, but it's fairly restrained. Terrific.

T: Follows the nose: candied vanilla/coconut/whiskey barrel notes on top of sweet, raisiny malt. Toffee, alcohol, and bitterness on the finish. Delicious.

M: Medium-to-full body, moderate, slightly prickly carbonation that quickly settles into smoothness. Very nice.

O: This is a delicious beer, entirely worthy of acclaim. It's as close as I've experienced to the Platonic ideal of a BA Barleywine - big, rich, sweet, and well-balanced between barrel and malt. This cleanness and focus, however, somehow kept me from truly falling in love with the beer. It just lacks any individuality of character, and doesn't stand out like, say, Kuhnhenn BBBW/BB4D or MoaS. Time will tell whether it's truly deserving of being in the pantheon of great Barleywines; it certainly has the potential, but I'm not convinced it has the soul.


Photo of mulder1010
3.58/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a Great Divide tulip (blatant homerism)

Thanks to Phillyswear for the bottle

A-- Poured and settled a dark cola color. Lots of ruby tints when shown to light. Active carbonation on pouring but not much in the head department. Decent ringed light brown collar, but really at best a short lived light brown film. Not much more really on swirling the beer.

S-- Fig, Carmel, Oak, Vanilla, Coconut and slight bits of alcohol. Reminds me a bit of a dessert here in Australia called sticky date pudding. Just softer in the nose than I expected, or hoped.

T-- Rich Carmel, Fig, Vanilla, and coconut. Alcohol much more noticeable in the taste.

M-- Slightly higher carbed than I would want but it does work. Higher medium bodied. Flavors stay pretty consistent all the way through on this. Just slight bits of tannins here and there but this also a bit boozy in the finish. Drinks bigger than what is is.

O-- Good beer. Not great. A little hot and much preferred the taste and feel as opposed to the soft nose with this. Reminds me a lot of a sherry and this this will develop into something really good as it feels bigger than what it currently is.

Bligh's Barleywine Ale from Dry Dock Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 476 ratings.