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Bligh's Barleywine Ale - Dry Dock Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
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118 Reviews
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Reviews: 118
Hads: 505
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 7.87%
Wants: 554
Gots: 142 | FT: 20
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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Reviews: 118 | Hads: 505
Photo of silentjay
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a very muddy brown that is nearly opaque with a decent sized dark tan head that quickly recedes and laces a bit.

very sweet aroma. lots of molasses, maple, dark brown sugar, along with plenty of oak vanilla, toffee, a bit of roasted nuts and some booze.

again sweet, caramel, tons of molasses, maple syrup, with plenty of wood, whiskey, vanilla, toffee, toasted coconut, roasted nuts. a bit of leather and almost like an old ale. reminds me a little of Kuhnhenn's BB4D.

full bodied and sticky sweet with a good amount of carbonation and a lingering candy sweetness.

wow. very impressive. drinks very smooth, but has the complexity and power present to make this a contemplative sipper. will definitely seek out more of this. (729 characters)

Photo of siege06nd
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Pours a rich dark mahogany color. One of the prettiest pours I have experienced in this style with a uniform, rich three-quarter finger head. Spotty lacing, but good legs down the sides of the glass.

S. Ripe dark fruit, cherry, fig, raisin, plum, vanilla, chocolate, and some faint whiskey.

T. Caramel, vanilla, cherry, fig. Hints of oak char, chocolate, coconut, and toasted marshmallow. Big kiss of whiskey in the finish, but it compliments it perfectly. Wow, it is incredibly smooth and balanced. Lots of toasted bread crust, fruit, toffee, and bootstrap.

M: Little bit of alcohol burn is the only thing that isn't quite right. Otherwise, it is near perfectly balanced and a great example of a barleywine that emphasizes the barrel aging and a hearty malt balance instead of going overboard with sweetness.

O: One of the finest barleywines I have had. Right there with KH, MoAS, and Sucaba. Really balanced and easy drinking. Not sickeningly sweet or loaded with fruit, but the barrel, caramel, toffee, and marshmallow flavors are amazing. I think its decidedly different in that regard from most of the other top examples of this style. Outstanding. (1,161 characters)

Photo of orangesol
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to stormking47 for bringing this one to Imminent Liquidation II. Was really looking forward to trying this one, glad I got a sample.

A - Pours hazy brown with a decent one finger tall off-white head leaving small streaks of lace down parts of the glass.

S - Smells of toffee, caramel, dark fruits, oak, vanilla and warm bourbon. The booze is fairly strong at this point, dulling some of the other amazing aromas.

T - Starts off with quite a bit of sugary sweetness - mostly toffee, caramel and brown sugar - slowly giving way to hints of vanilla, oak and warm bourbon. A good balance initially, the booze grows a little too aggressive toward the end of my sample. Finish is a mix of sweetness and booze burn, lingering on the palate long after consumption.

M - Big body with plenty of sweet flavors and moderate carbonation. The booze is strong throughout, combining with the barrel to leave the palate dried after each sip.

O - A very nice barrel aged barleywine, all tho I have had better. I would like to try this one once the booze dies down a little more, I think it will greatly improve. (1,105 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
4.04/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2011)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, quirkzoo!

Blind Tasting and Review

(Aged for 6 months)

Clear, dark auburn and chestnut in color with a very small light brown head. This leaves the glass relatively clean on the way down.

Nice, rich aroma of vanilla, caramel, toffee, and bourbon. This smells sweeter than most of the other barrel-aged barleywines in the lineup.

The flavor follows the aroma, though is significantly sweeter than many of the others in the blind barrel-aged barleywine lineup. There's nice vanilla and bourbon character, though the base beer seems like it's probably somewhat lacking.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Silky.

A very nice, somewhat sweet, barrel-aged barleywine. (716 characters)

Photo of tewaris
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bligh's Barleywine
Poured into a snifter. Thanks Colby.

Rich, strong barrel notes; brown sugar and caramel; some alcohol notes and they work very well. Certainly not hot in any manner though. Sweet and decadent with notes of caramel, toffee and dry fruits; appears slightly thin and clean with the base beer and barrels perfectly balanced.

4, 4, 4.5, 4, 4.5 (360 characters)

Photo of KevSal
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

big thanks to baconsausage for sending this my way, won in willpower 30. big thanks to the one who brown bagged this to him as well, not sure who it is, thank you.

as with all my lifs, heres the review!

22oz split into 2 snifters

a- looking very good. nice dark reddish hue like a good ba barelywine usually pours. looks very thick, but a very minimal head.

s- the nose on this one is fantastic! strong young whiskey upfront like a punch in the face! very reminicient to ccb's whiskey milk porter. vanilla oak, slight toffe and some sherry in the back. slight alch sting in the faint back end.

t-taste definitely delivers. distinct whiskey upfront with notes of vanilla and a barrel. very impressive. very unique flavor, strong whiskey alcohol character without the heat.

m-this one is pretty thick, much thicker than sebago single batch i reviewed, and only 1 % more alch. i like full bodied and sticky ba barelywines and this one elivers

o- very good beer here. delivers on all fronts for sure. the whiskey character is strong and not for everyone but this one was put together very well.the difference between whiskey and bourbon is displayed well here.
ill bet with a bit of age this one may be stellar.

glad i got to try this one for sure. (1,255 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden amber color with a small, thin, white head of bubbly foam. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled sweet and malty with boozy notes.

T - Very boozy - you can really taste whiskey-like flavors. Sweet caramel and toffee with just a touch of bitterness.

M - It was crisp and fairly sharp. A full bodied ale with a warm alcohol punch.

O - This is a really tasty brew. Dry Dock does such amazing beer. I need to find more. (470 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
3.97/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1163rd Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter
22oz

2012 Vintage
Thanks to Poonamibaxter for sending this to me.

Shared with GuruDel, JazzPatel, MrHirschybar & BdubleEdubleRUN

App- Had more of a darker richer brown then some orange highlights from the barrel. Same type of bubbles though. No real head or cling.

Smell- I enjoyed the smell of this one but I think Bourbon would've been a better choice. The whiskey did a nice job of adding some heat and other flavors but too prickly.

Taste- This opened quite nice with a rich oaky, vanilla flavor. Then moved to a small malt note and even some hidden citrus. The whiskey was assertive but not overpowering being a new bottle.

Mouth- A solid medium body with a medium creamy carbonation and a lot of bourbon boozy oaky vanilla residual flavor.

Drink- Good beer but think the Whiskey couldve been switched out for Bourbon. Too prickly for my tastes really. (902 characters)

Photo of Marty30
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (800 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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... (506 characters)

Photo of crossovert
4.26/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle.

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. (701 characters)

Photo of GregSVT
4.67/5  rDev +8.1%
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. (777 characters)

Photo of bigaltemple
4.54/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (716 characters)

Photo of craytonic
4.32/5  rDev 0%
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. (412 characters)

Photo of billab914
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (895 characters)

Photo of largadeer
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (615 characters)

Photo of jmarsh123
3.9/5  rDev -9.7%
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. (781 characters)

Photo of oline73
4.37/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (804 characters)

Photo of spdyfire83
4.59/5  rDev +6.2%
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. (875 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (1,009 characters)

Photo of JayS2629
4.45/5  rDev +3%
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. (640 characters)

Photo of RodneyX
3.28/5  rDev -24.1%
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. (261 characters)

Photo of Reagan1984
4.97/5  rDev +15%
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. (1,493 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
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. (704 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (654 characters)

Bligh's Barleywine Ale from Dry Dock Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.