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Shipyard Barley Wine Style Ale (Pugsley's Signature Series) - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Shipyard Barley Wine Style Ale (Pugsley's Signature Series)Shipyard Barley Wine Style Ale (Pugsley's Signature Series)

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245 Ratings

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Ratings: 245
Reviews: 164
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 10
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Shipyard Brewing Co. visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Jason on 11-12-2008

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Photo of scotorum
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another in brewmaster Alan Pugsley's Signature Series of premium issues. XXXX IPA from that line is a personal favorite, so let's see how good the barleywine is!

Bought on sale at the end of November 2013 and aged a year plus.

Poured from the 22 oz. bomber into a Victory Donnybrook Stout nonick.

a; Semi-clear dark brown with copper/ruby highlights at the bottom. Inch and a half tan head receded slowly to heavy surface foam and very dense lacing.

s: Mild caramel and alcohol.

t; Dark roastiness with some very mild ripe dark fruit notes and moderate bitterness which lingers at the sides of the tongue.

m; A very smooth medium to full, considerable carbonation tingle.

o: A flavorful and sexy-smooth barleywine. Aging may have muted most of barleywine's fuirtiness in favor of the malt and a smoother, fuller mouthfeel.

Photo of samtrillo
3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Surprising amount of audible carbonation on the pour and it almost bubbled over when I opened it. The pour is a midnight amber under a London streetlight....

Nose is sweet toffee and caramel. Dried dark fruits. Prune, dark cherry.

Taste is skewed in areas a bit different than a lot of barleywines I've had. Smokey, woody characteristics, a lot less sweet and syrupy than others. Toffee, butterscotch, burnt caramel, brown sugar, prunes, dark raisins. It's all tied together by the dry smokey qualities. No noticeable hops like american styles. The aftertaste on this beer ruins the whole thing, however. There's an obvious bitter-charred-alcohol flavor that's making me wince.

The mouthfeel is crisper and spicier than I'm used to, which was nice at first but difficult to keep going.

Overall, this barleywine is dark smokey treat. Definitely an English version.

Photo of rderedin
3.42/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DrJay
3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of st9647v3
3.06/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of huddyball
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of olradetbalder
2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

Photo of LoganMc
3.84/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.56/5  rDev -2.5%

Bottle. This was several years old when I tried it. Poured a ruddy, dark brown with a minimal head. It has clearly oxidized; raisins are huge in the nose. Brown sugar sweetness. The flavor has eaten the alcohol effectively. Just a soft rap of booze. The flavor is very raisiny. Dark fruits and brown sugar. A slight fruity tartness. Body is surprisingly light. Carbonation has clearly fallen off a bit but the softness works here. Pretty cool, after I'd say over five years of age.

Photo of 12packpoet
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Jeffo
4.42/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one at the LCBO a couple years back probably. It was one of the last ones around Waterloo as well. Perhaps the last. Drunk about a year after the best by date.

From a bomber into a snifter
Best by July 2013

APPEARANCE: Pours a big, three finger, medium looking, creamy light tan head with very good retention. Head slowly fades to a foam cap and leaves lots of lacing down the glass. Deep mahogany red/brown with no visible carbonatin evident. A slight wisp and ring remain leaving touches of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Caramel malts, dark fruit, dates, brown sugar and spicy alcohol on the nose. Lots of good things going on here. Bold, complex and enticing.

TASTE: Caramel, dark fruits and spicy alcohol up front. Notes of leather and chocolate at the swallow, with a bold and lingering finish of caramel and toffee sweetness, dried dark fruits, brown sugar and some light chocolate bitterness as balance. Spicy hop flavors come forth as well. Flavorful, complex, and very enjoyable.

PALATE: Medium-fuller body with medium levels of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly sticky. A bit of spiciness lingers. Good feel here as well.

OVERALL: This might better be described as an American strong ale, as the chocolate and leather qualities aren't really appropriate to the barleywine style. Either way, whatever you want to call it, this is top notch stuff. At this point in its expired life, it’s very flavorful, well integrated, smooth, complex and enjoyable. The bomber emptied far too quickly. Well balanced between sweet caramel flavors and dark malt character, making this one to pick apart and savor. Glad I got to drink this at this point in its life. Really enjoyed it.

Photo of Sanchezrox23
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of spinrsx
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of The_Event_Horizon
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of JMBSH
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of afsdan
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of VTBrewHound
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of bigox420
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Mr-Cyphyr
3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

1st know that I love Barley wines, and as such already have a bit of a personal bias as to what I expect. Smoothness with a nice blend of flavors is key. Semisweet, rich developed flavors that last but don't over power, a clean tapering light bitter finish. Smoothness not only in flavor but in carbonation.

OKay, this disappointed me. Not that it was bad, no sir, still on my 10 ten Barley's, but I did not find the smoothness in flavor or "texture" I would have expected. Bit harsh - would have better labeled it an aged IPA. I still like it and would recommend it to any strong IPA lover. Just needed to explain by bias and view point. Great beer/ale, just missed my expectations.

Photo of PalatePilot
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of RedAleMan
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of Brenden
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This barleywine is dark red-brown with bright, almost violet-red highlights through its body. The tan head is one finger tall, shows good retention, and fades very slowly and never completely. There's not as much lacing as I'd expect considering its consistency and stature, but it's more than moderate.
The aroma holds lots of dark fruits with a mix of sweetness and tang, a tinge of alcohol to it, and some roasted grains underneath. It's got an interesting character, especially with the yeast and the slight buttery note Shipyard tends to convey.
The taste is more rounded and complete. It's still got an interesting roasted malt character leaning more toward a different style, and the fruity tang and sweetness are still there. In the flavor, though, there's a good deal more floral and perfumey hops bitterness, and it works. It's certainly on the edge for an English version of the style.
Carbonation's a bit high, but it slows down. Unfortunately, it can only do that by flattening out a little on the end. It's crisp until then, and it's got some smoothness to the medium body.

Photo of puboflyons
4.52/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the 650 ml. bottle. 2012 batch cellared for a year. Sampled on December 26, 2013.

It has a dark brown to deep amber pour with a full, long lasting off-white, soft silky head. Served around 55 degrees.

I love the aroma which not only includes the omnipresent Shipyard Ringwood yeast, but also includes dark malts, raisins, sweetness, melted butter and no booze considering it is a barleywine. Subtle hops.

The body still has a lot of depth to it so I would call it medium to bold easily.

The taste has an array of sweet malts, raisins, brown sugar, dark fruit, and quite subtle hops. This beer definitely got better with age and I am glad I had the patience to wait.

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Shipyard Barley Wine Style Ale (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
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