Shipyard Barley Wine Style Ale (Pugsley's Signature Series) - Shipyard Brewing Co.
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3.74/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
02-27-2014 16:30:28 | More by Mr-Cyphyr
3.79/5 rDev +3.6%
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.
01-06-2014 13:06:09 | More by Brenden
4.51/5 rDev +23.2%
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.
12-26-2013 22:47:51 | More by puboflyons
3.96/5 rDev +8.2%
Type: 22oz. Bomber
Glass: East End Tulip
Vintage: 2009 ( Personally Aged 4yrs.)
Poured a deep brown mahogany in color, an almost black, w/ a tan 1 finger head that left nice lacing. Aromas of caramel, coffee, nutmeg, and cinnamon. The flavor was of caramel, toffee, and big roasted coffee notes, finishing with molasses and hop bite. Medium bodied and lush. Pretty drinkable as the ABV was well hidden.
Overall, nice brew that was enjoyable, but confusing. This beer drank almost like a black and tan of imperial stout and barleywine. This needs to be reclassified as an American Strong Ale.
10-10-2013 18:34:32 | More by mikeyv35
4.58/5 rDev +25.1%
It's a bit darker than I remember most other barleywines being, though that could be because it's an English. Rich, dark brown (very dark brown, not quite black) color. So dark you can't see haze, though I believe it's there. The head is a finger thick initially, but doesn't retain well.
Umm, can you say malts? Splashes of chocolate, licorice, caramel, vanilla fill the nose. Similar to an American version, but with more sweet things. Each swirl is pleasant. As it warms, more fruity scents are released.
For the style, it's right up there. Everything you smell makes its way to the taste. A symphony of desserty items. With the chocolate and fruit, it's like a combination of a porter and a Belgian dark ale.
Smooth and creamy, full bodied. Very sweet, but never crossing the line. Feels like a milk stout due to the sweetness. Minimal hop presence, mostly for balance. Same goes for ABV. It's up there, but gentle. Only a tap of heat, not a punch in the stomach. Very easy to drink with a lingering battle between sweet, bitter and hot in the finish.
Overall, this is not what I expected. I'll start brinking more barleywines of the English style rather than the American style if they're all like this. Tastes great, goes down easy, hidden alcohol content. Not much to improve upon.
09-08-2013 03:17:27 | More by RickS95
3.84/5 rDev +4.9%
22 oz bottle pours a darker than usual hazed brown with a thick cap of tan head. Great retention and lacing.
Nose throws down some serious dark fruit - blackberry jam, raisins and brown sugared figs. I like it.
Taste is lots of fruit and a smooth cache of unsweetened chocolate and brown bread maltiness. Im somewhat impressed with this - I like the varied take on the style, it is something like a quad meets barleywine. Hides the ABV well and really is pretty smooth. I could stand to grab another 1 or 2 of these...seems like it would age fairly well for a year or so.
08-10-2013 19:08:58 | More by twiggamortis420
Shipyard Barley Wine Style Ale (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
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