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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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244 Ratings

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Ratings: 244
Reviews: 163
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 10
Gots: 19 | 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 jim102864
1.95/5  rDev -46.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Purchased from MWL recently. Very impressive gold leafed signature label on this bomber bottle. Surely the contents will match the dazzling label. Maybe not.

Pours flat and black with no head into my Unibroue Trois Pistoles goblet. Grape jelly aroma. Raiseny and port like, too. It's like dark fruit but somehow off. A very strange, bitter taste. Not at all pleasant. I'm wondering if this is a bad beer, yet I press on. Metallic and bitter and a mouthfeel that is simply unpleasant. This beer is a disaster from beginning to end. I have to assume it was spoiled. Down the drain it went. If I ever come accross this brew again, I'll give it another chance if it's free. Otherwise, avoid this mess at all costs.

Photo of megamass
2/5  rDev -45.2%

Photo of nick76
2.16/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

The aroma is quite hoppy in a grassy way with caramel malt and somewhat chemical. The appearance is dark amber with a nice foamy head. The taste is like the aroma which means it's not good. It's very bitter, grassy, and chemical. There is a little sweet malt but the taste is just bad. The palate is OK for the style and quite smooth. Overall I really don't like this one.

Photo of steve8robin
2.31/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one at a local beer store. 22oz bomber...

A: Hmm, very stout-like. Super dark with just a slight ruby red light shining through. A tiny 1 inch off-white head that quickly fades. Very Good.

S: Wow, not much of anything. No matter how hard I sniff, all I get is water with a slight roasty scent. That's all.

T: Watery roastiness upfront with hints of sweet sugars. This brew is nothing like what an English Barleywine should be. This tastes like a medium grade stout! Nope, no give if this is advertised as a barleywine!

M: Medium body that leaves a hint of bitter roastiness on the palate. Good.

D: Goes down very easy. Good.

All in all, the brewery messed up. This is not by any means a barley wine. This is a stout or a porter stretch, but not a barley wine. I rated this as a barley wine because that is what it is labeled to be. As far as barley wines go, this is not good. Avoid!

Photo of barleywinefiend
2.42/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Barleywinebrewer for this.
Poured a deep, deep brown with a reddish tint, light brown head, good carbonation.Nose is umm..off. No real smell to it I thought. Taste was of cocoa powder, roasted malts and a rather obnoxious astringent feel. Mouthfeel is thinner bodied than I wanted. English bwine? I did not see it nor taste it. Alcohol was well hidden but I expected more, heavier, maltier and thicker.

Photo of olradetbalder
2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

Photo of MikeyJ777
2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

Photo of Gueuzedude
2.55/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

~2009 release; Sampled October 2010
A solid pour produces a voluminous, glass filling, almost five-finger thick, lightly browned, amber-tan colored head. The beer is a deep burnt amber color that shows a clearish, dark red-amber hue when held up to the light. Hmm, another interesting yeast influenced nose; this smells slightly funky in a sort of musty, not quite cheesy, berry like chocolate leaning, moldy dried dates, sweetened tamarind, sweet red Chinese bean paste that has been slightly fermented or perhaps even like the center of a Chinese mooncake that includes a salted duck egg. The nose is quite fruity with notes of fermented prune juice, slightly tart plums and a touch of jail-house pruno. Some toasted malt notes add a whole grain note to the middle, though this is often overwhelmed by the other aromatic notes. There is clearly something else going on here, it is interesting & even fun to explore, but really not what I want in a Barley Wine.

Lightly sweet tasting up front and this gets increasingly phenolic and plastic like as the beer rolls across the tongue. By the time the beer has left my mouth it has coated my mouth in a flavor that reminds me strongly of curing plastic. Slightly medicinal and this also has some hot higher alcohols as well as notes of nail polish; this last accentuates some fruity notes of prune and raisin. I spent so long with the aroma that the excessive carbonation is not really noticeable in the flavor. This is likely quite a bit lighter than was intended, but it still has some heft to it and definitely sticks to the palate, but it is on the thin side (now at least) for a Barleywine.

While the aroma is quite interesting and enjoyable to explore, the flavor of this is just not very appealing. I wonder if a lot more age will turn this into a really funky old ale? The carbonation is already getting a bit excessive though and I would worry about the integrity of the bottle after a few more years of age.

Photo of budsboy
2.7/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Very dark. Not much of a head. Slight metallic aroma, little fruity and some toffee-coffee scents in there. Not a great flavor here. Drinkable, but somewhat disappointing. Nah, now that I take another sip, it's really not for me. Bitterness is vegetal, very little sweetness to balance it. Too thin for the style. This was a drain pour. I have limited experience with this style, but it isn't in the same class as Young's Old Nick. I'll cleanse with an Arrogant Bastard. I'll be fine, if a wee sad.

Photo of Reagan1984
2.74/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Mtardiff for providing this as an extra in a recent trade. Haven’t had it and glad to try it.

Poured into my tulip glass and a couple fingers of fizzy light beige head form. This collapses to a ¼ inch cap fairly quickly… this sticks around for quite some time. Deep ruby/garnet color. No lace.

Aroma is a bit musty and pretty thick. Lots of malt and almost a cherry note. Some other dark fruits as well.

Begins nicely with some sweet caramel and malt flavors, it then heads towards some fruit and again reminds me of black cherry with some sweetness. At the end it falls off a little and ends somewhat flat. Fairly bold bitterness towards the end.

A powdery mouth feel with a fairly bold body. Thick on your tongue.

This has potential, but I am a little disappointed in the finish. Almost gritty and the grain seems to inhibit the flavor and impacts the mouth feel.
Still glad I tried it.

Photo of DCgolfpro
2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

Photo of johnnnniee
2.75/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a really dark brown with ruby highlights when held to the light. Smallish off white head disappears quickly. Smells of chocolate, butter, caramel, toffee. Taste is chocolaty buttery hoppy. Leaves a bitter/astringent taste in my mouth. Body is medium to thin the beer finishes dry. Mouthfeel is oily, carbonation is light. I tried to enjoy this, but I could not. The color is too dark for the style, the flavor profile is all wrong. The astringent taste ruined this one for me. At 1o bucks a bottle never again!

Photo of ajs4bd
2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

Photo of ButterScotch
2.8/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

From a 750ml bottle. Not sure of the year since it is apparently not printed on the bottle....

This is not a barley wine....more like a crossover barely wine/stout or something...akin to the GM Aztek car/minivan/whatever monstrosity...even the 8.5ABV indicates something may be amiss. Whatever this is....I wish they would call it something other than barely wine.

Photo of DoctorDog
2.87/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 1 pint 6 oz bottle into a snifter. Twist off cap lies beneath the golden foil cover. Bottle courtesy of one from my network of enablers; beveritt.

A- Dark, murky mahogany, with ruby highlights...nearly opaque. ~1 finger of off-white head, which fades quickly into a island of bubbles. No lacing noted.

S- Caramel sweetness, roasty malts, dark fruits.

T- Smoky, tannin, astringent bitterness coats the tongue, and seems to mute the other flavors. Some herbal hops. Left to warm up some more for ~15 min, and return to some notable improvement. A bit of dark fruits and maltiness is now able to slip past the astringent characters. Moral- let this one warm up a lot, and it won't be great, but at least will at least be drinkable.

M- Moderate carbonation, and med/full body.

D- Not so great. This is a pretty astringent beer, and is a bit of a chore. A slooow sipper, one-and-done'r.

Future outlook: Nah. Even if it were available here, no need to have again.

Photo of linnet
2.98/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ruby colour, beige head that leaves lots of lacing on the glass. Aroma is very sweet and malty, but there is also some hops in the nose. It has a funky acidic quality that makes it less pleasurable and there is also dark fruit in there. Flavour is surprisingly watery for a beer with as high ABV like this has. It has a nice bitterness is enjoyable, unfortunately this beer is full of funky chemical notes that makes it less than convincing and it also has the same sour flavour that I found in the aroma. It has some malts in it that makes it acceptable to drink but not more. Mouthfeel is just plain average. This is a bad example of the style, I will avoid it in the future.

Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of TicoCali
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of The_Event_Horizon
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of deg
3.01/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer was a dark brown color, and looked clear. I didn't see any yeast or cloudiness, but it was so opaque it was hard to tell. I smelled small malt and fruit. The taste was much hoppier than I like for a barleywine. The hops almost dominated. I could pick up some raisin and fig, but it was mainly hops. The beer had an interesting creamy texture, and there was no alcohol burn.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.03/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The pour was decent, though a bit lifeless for me. Rich amber color, almost copper in hue with a nice touch of cloudiness to it that really gave it a very thick look, nearly opaque at times. No real head though, and it almost looked flat at first pour, not really encouraged right off the bat. The aroma was rich and sweet. Nice notes of bready malts, hints of almost honey like notes and a nice fruit touch toward the finish. The flavor though really perked me up a bit. Sweet, mellow, with all notes of ABV long gone by the wayside. Lots of biscuit like notes, a touch of faded hops and a load of grain all combined to really give quite a nice show overall. Very impressed here with the way it tasted, especially in the finish, which was again very sweet, and nearly perfectly placed. An easy sipper I almost went through this one too quickly as it had mellowed to the point of being equally rich and subtle.

Photo of hdelavega
3.06/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured to a large tulip glass.
Pours a deep murky brown with a big four finger rocky khaki head.
Nice fruity aroma, Carmel, burnt brown sugar, some malt, some notes that remind me of red wine.
Taste is pretty mellow. Sugar, plum, sweet toasty malt, I get grape again.
Mouth feel is pretty thin, defiantly a light body, good carbonation for the style. I'm missing that silky stick feel.
Over all not to bad, but not that great. I'd try it if I saw it on tap but won't be seeking out another bottle.

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

Photo of Gosox8787
3.06/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on tap in a Shipyard snifter glass. Served chilled and allowed to warm a little over an hour.

Appearance: Dark brown to black in color. Nice two finger mocha colored head with pretty good retention. Almost looks like a stout to me.

Aroma: Espresso and bitter coffee beans. A slight citrus note from the hops. Almost more like a porter or stout than a barleywine.

Taste: Espresso and coffee upfront. Some pine and citrus from the hops, but not enough to counter the really astrigent roasted malt. Even as it warms, there is not much complexity here. the depth of flavor and the things I look for in a barleywine were just absent.

Mouthfeel: Oddly thin mouthfeel. Decent carbonation and a really dry finish.

Drinkability: The ABV is pretty well hidden, but the astrigent, burnt malt makes this one a one and done for me.

Overall, I really severly underwhelmed by this beer. It was one note and overly burnt, not to mention it missed out on all the complexity and great flavors that go along with this style. I thought this was closer to a porter with a decent hop note than a barleywine. Not my cup of tea.

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Shipyard Barley Wine Style Ale (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 244 ratings.