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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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487 Ratings

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Ratings: 487
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 549
Gots: 141 | 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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Ratings: 487 | Reviews: 117
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5/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of JayS2629
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of bpfrush
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of seeswo
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of RodneyX
3.28/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours nicely with a good head and some lace. Smell is like bread, kind of strange. There is too much heat on this one at 10% and the wood is harsh, makes it hard to drink a lot of it. This was okay but I don't know why it is getting the ratings it is.

Photo of Reagan1984
4.97/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Well, I am thankful to have a friend in Denver that sent me a couple of these. As it turns out, I am not being so original betting on the BA Aged BW kick… They are so good though. Perfect for winter.

Even with an aggressive pour no more than a ¼ inch of tan foam forms and then fades rather quickly. A spot or two of lace, but not much. (more than most barley wines actually) Color is more of a leather brown color with only a touch of the burgundy that is usually present in the style. I like the color.

Aroma if your first hint that this is going to be special. Vanilla, brown sugar and coconut. Then some sweet (chewy…yes I just described an aroma as chewy) caramel… (this is going to be a 5)

Caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla. Repeat. Smooth bourbon… caramel in the finish. The balance here is unreal. Wow, believe the hype. I am trying to communicate that there is a lot of complexity while there is total balance and harmony. Not sure there are other flavor components, but the melding of these is unreal. Now and again the wood come through below the surface. Love this.

Velvet like and silky. A touch of carbonation to bring the flavor to life.

I’ve opened some bottles that were hyped and been really let down. And I’ve open hyped bottles and tried to get up front on the band wagon. I am driving the bus on this one. This is a great beer. How dare they claim to only make this beer once? Seriously….. make this again and again. Awesome.

Photo of sweemzander
4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Big thanks to Matt for sharing! 2011 vintage.

(A)- Pours a pretty dark chestnut color. Some tan froth.

(S)- A lovely rich profile of roasted caramel, fig, toffee, and subtle raisin. Some awesome woody barrel notes too.

(T)- Very similar to the smell. An array of richness to it. Roasted caramel and oak. Toffee and fig/raisin. Subtle, yet great barrel characters.

(M)- A smooth and mellow carbonation level. A great balance too with an even better ABV integration. This drinks like pure silk while maintaining a nice richness and barrel characters.

(D)- An excellent English Barleywine that deserves plenty of praise. A top tier example and dangerously drinkable.

Photo of jIsh
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Bay01
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of jodan
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of drabmuh
4.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared by Thorpe, at the time of this review, this is the #4 top beer on the beeradvocate.com "Top Beers - English Barleywine" list. Fun. Poured into a Stone IRS snifter. We did this beer a huge disservice by serving it immediately after King Henry, this is a fine beer, very good in fact but King Henry blew it out of the water by a lot.

Beer is reddish brown, a little hazy, thin tan head, low retention, low carbonation.

Aroma is sweet, liquor, oak, biscuit, mildly fruity.

Beer is medium in body, sweet on the front, gives way to a nice rounded character of oak and mild liquors. Strong but nice throughout. I really enjoyed it. I'd have it again.

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%

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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.

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Bligh's Barleywine Ale from Dry Dock Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 487 ratings.