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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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BA SCORE
83
good

230 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 230
Reviews: 160
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.84%
Wants: 9
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Shipyard Brewing Co. visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 11-12-2008)
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BeerAdvocate

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue XI:

Here is another regional brewer getting into the whole "Big Beer Series" thing, foiled top and fancy labeling to boot.

Dark brown in color with a glowing ruby red when put up to the light. Good lacing here with tan stickage on the glass. Trademark buttery Shipyard aroma fills the nostrils with some edgy, roasted grain and dark fruitiness closely following. Damn smooth with a slick, full-ish body. Roasted grain character is pushy, trying to show that it is in charge with a flaring of charcoal. Hints of caramel, dried fig and faint black currant fruitiness. Maltiness pulls in more suggestions of fresh-roasted coffee and unsweetened chocolate. Hops are modest and let the malt do most of the job. About midway the alcohol pops up with a warmth and claims ownership to the fruitiness. Finishes with a mild note of char and fruitiness and lands just about semidry.

Respect to Shipyard for sticking to their guns, in their true manner of sticking with English styles and not jumping on the Extreme Beer wagon. A job well done with a less respected and underrated beer style.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2010 19:02:48 | More by BeerAdvocate
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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.
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Shipyard Barley Wine Style Ale (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
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