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

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165 Reviews
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Reviews: 165
Hads: 247
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 9
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
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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 pat61
4.04/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Pours clear deep chestnut with 1/2 “ clingy tan foam collar S: raisin and fruit aromas T: Rich dark malts, dark dried fruit, raisin and prune, dark toffee, wine notes, dark biscuit, bitter hop accent. F: Creamy, soft palate, full bodied, medium to medium low carbonation. O: A big beer with a luscious body. (312 characters)

Photo of scotorum
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
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. (834 characters)

Photo of samtrillo
3.79/5  rDev +3%
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. (870 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%

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. (481 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
4.42/5  rDev +20.1%
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. (1,739 characters)

Photo of Mr-Cyphyr
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (685 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (1,087 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
4.52/5  rDev +22.8%
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. (674 characters)

Photo of mikeyv35
3.96/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Date: 10/07/2013
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. (610 characters)

Photo of RickS95
4.54/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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. (1,294 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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. (573 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.76/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Cask pour in a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, yellow-brown coloring witth a chunky, frothy, white coating of head. Aromas of biscuit, lemony sweet, rich toffee, and a wet, cedar hops presence. Smells balanced and tasty. Flavors are smooth, with a toffee and apple sweetness quickly cleaned by a bitter, dry ribbon of hops. Slight smoking and oaky character, too. Very dynamic, with a bitter, resiny aftertaste. Clean, smooth finish of a very robust bodied brew. Tasty, and surprisingly drinkable. (498 characters)

Photo of duracell
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a snifter.
A - Dark color with 1-finger head disappearing to leave a thin topping.
S - Mild balanced aroma of malty and hoppy notes. Raisins, figs, herbal sweetness.
T - Lots of esters and fruity sweetness. Big dark fruits flavor. Hop shows up after, blends with the rest, and lingers for a while.
M - Smooth mouthfeel. Finishes semi-dry. Bitterness on the low side.
O - A good English barley wine! (415 characters)

Photo of weonfire
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A - Much darker than expected. Dark ruby/purple. finger head, dark creme color. small amount of lacing.

S - real pleasant. nice fruits. chocolate, cherry, brown sugar, carmel and toffee.

T - wow, not impressive after the nice scent. bland up front, bitter on the way down. a bit of dried fruit. taste the alcohol more then wanted. do like that carmel malt. dry finish.

M - Very nice froth. most impressive element about this brew. viscosity is medium. does cover well.

O - Very dry. I must admit i am fairly new to the barely wine game. Maybe this is exactly how an 'English' barley wine should taste. I was expecting something much sweeter. (645 characters)

Photo of mick303
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter with a good toffee head, good lacing and film. The colour was quite a dark brown-black.

Smell has coffee, thick maltiness, chocolate and an airey floral fruity character that seems a bit out-of-place, a bit tart and candy-like. Fair bit going on here though.

Taste is sweet initially, then plum fruity, and a bit of roasty bitterness. Coffee notes, and leather, unsweetened chocolate. Alcohol is pretty well hidden, but there is a sort of staleness to the malt. Finish is dry, sticky fruit pudding, lingering fruitiness

Mouthfeel is full-bodied, quite big. Carbonation is quite light, sipper. Thick on the palate and a bit cloying, malt is roasty and a bit forward.

A decent English barley wine. Wouldn't have minded a bit more hops, but the bitterness does seem to work alright with unsweetened chocolate and ashy notes. Malt has a bit of char and roasty character and is a bit aggressive at time with the fruitiness trying to offer balance. Has some issues but a respectable beer. (1,008 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A decent beer, brought in to the LCBO for a decent price of $8. Not what I expect from an English barleywine, very bitter finish, dark bodied, chocolate malts. Let’s see how my aged bottle from Maine holds up over the years.Above average carbonation. Good ingredients, but Not as drinkable as it could be. (307 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to over sized snifter.

A - Dark copper, brown in the middle. Thin layer of light brown head.

S - Dark caramel, toffee, raisin, lighter fruity notes and a hint of chocolate.

T - Caramel, toffee, raisins, fruity notes and a touch of chocolate. A fairly noticeable alcohol presence.

M - Medium body. Creamy. Light carbonation. (337 characters)

Photo of biegaman
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer's complexion is deep, dark and concealing, making it very difficult to pin any particular colour to it. Whatever the case, it might as well be called black because no light makes it through anyhow. Its head may look soapy but it sticks to the glass like grease.

Neither the malts nor hops make themselves particular known to the nose; it lacks the definition and concentration that this style typically exhibits. Minor notes of raisin, plum and dried berries can be appreciated but they are far from obvious. A hint of smoke may stem from swirling, but it too is frustratingly subtle.

The flavour has a ripe, plump fig and plum taste but also offers a Darjeeling-like quality that features not only black tea bitterness but also notes of honey and meadow flowers. A sticky, port-like dried fruitiness makes for a bone-dry finish that includes roast malt and traces of peat. It, however, like the aroma, is frustratingly vague and also lacks the depth and intensity that typically characterizes the barleywine style.

On a positive note the beer is classically proportioned and features good balance. Then again, neither hops nor malt care to take the lead role. (Summit, Challenger, and Fuggles isn't exactly the sexiest hop bill anyhow.) There's also an absence of alcohol, no rough edges. Given that it lacks dynamics fresh, it promises nothing in the long term. Drink it now (or maybe don't bother buying it at all).

A barleywine that lacks the concentration and complexity of the style is simply not worth drinking. There's nothing inherently unpleasant about Shipyard Barley Wine, but the problem is that there's virtually nothing to it at all. It's far from a fine effort and given the other beers in the Pugsley's Signature Series, we know this brewery is capable of much better. (1,802 characters)

Photo of cvm4
3.32/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a deep, murky brown (not an appealing color) with a tan one finger head. Okay lacing is left behind.

S - Caramel and toffee with bready malts. Comes off somewhat sweet.

T - Roasted, slightly burnt malts. Dark fruits of figs and prunes along with a good helping of hops bring it all together. The flavors though come across as muddled and weak.

M - Medium with somewhat higher carbonation. Finish is dry.

O - It's an okay beer. Nothing to brag about with the muddled flavors that seem to be all over the place. (523 characters)

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - very dark brown with just a bit of clear light at the bottom of the glass, creamy head left a ton of lacing all around
S - molasses and cola aromas dominate, mild dark fruit background, touch of leafiness
T - molasses and cherry syrup, cola and some dry nutty flavour, just a touch of hoppiness, and a dry woody finish
M - super creamy smooth, full sweet malty feel with a coffee like bitterness and not even a hint of the high ABV
O - a great tasting brew, although i would like to see them raise the bar on the alcohol for this style just a bit, the result is a ridiculously drinkable barley wine that i would definitely like to try again (645 characters)

Photo of andrenaline
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Props to peensteen for hooking me up with this treat.

A - Pours a dark ruby red colour, finger of head with decent retention and some nice sheeting lacing.

S - Quite complex on the nose with musty caramel, loads of bready biscuit notes, hints of rye and subtle cocoa and toffee.

T - The cocoa flavours come through off the top, biscuit and burnt toast, hints of boozy sweetness, nutty almonds and a leafy green finish. A touch of tobacco smoke and burnt ash lingers as well.

M - Medium bodied, creamy and dry with a hint of ABV heat.

O - A complex brew with loads of flavour and a nice cocoa malt undertone that complements the style nicely. One of my favourites from this brewer to date and a worthy ale indeed. (717 characters)

Photo of peensteen
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep brown-near black colour with some ruby in there as well, one finer of tan head, some lace as well. Smell is big and malty, some caramel and toffee, a bit of hop, chocolatey, dark fruit and bread as well. Taste follows the nose with big malt on the palate, dark fruits, fairly substantial bitterness mid palate, caramel and chocolate, toffee, finishes a little smokey as well. Light-medium carbonation, med-full body with a bit of a thicker feel. This would be a good intro to Barleywine, not as rich and flavourfull as some but still decent and pretty drinkable with just a hint of the ABV present. (603 characters)

Photo of korguy123
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bb July 2013

Super dark ruby red/brown pour. Two finger tan head with large soapy bubbles. Slowly drops to thick cap leaving loads of lacing everywhere.

Dark fruits, slight alcohol, brown sugar, some cinnamon with a slightly bitter hop finish.

Figs, prunes, dates, strawberries, vanilla, brown sugar, and a touch of alcohol. Dark roasted malts with a dry pine bitter finish.

Light to medium body, good carbonation, sticky on the lips. (438 characters)

Photo of liamt07
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the LCBO, 625ml into a tulip. Best before July 2013.

Dark brown with chestnut highlights. Mocha brown head, good density with solid lace/retention. Nose has a bit of chocolate, caramel and dark malts as well. A bit bready. Taste of dark toffee malts, dark fruits, light bitterness and a bit more chocolate and toasted malt character. Earthy with warmth. Light metallic at first, but this fades. Sweet but mildly drying finish. Full body, and alcohol comes across stronger than it should. Not bad, but not really that good either. (542 characters)

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

625mL bottle from the LCBO's Shipyard Pugsley series release.

Poured into a Duvel goblet. I read the ingredients on the label description before, but even after knowing that chocolate malt was part of the mash, I was still blown away by the dark chestnut colour - certainly not typical for a barleywine. Good sized off-white head, that survives as a thick ring. Good lacing on this.

Nose is boozy with a good caramel maltiness, plum, bread crust, grape, some citrus and tea hops.

Similar tasting notes as in the nose. This brew is an interesting blend of American and English barleywine styles, with the chocolate malt adding a slight roastiness to the overall flavour. Booze cuts in at the end, which is sharp, but not overpowering. Nice warming feeling.

Good body on this, nicely carbonated, slightly creamy, but with the thickness of a barleywine.

Interesting take on the style. (890 characters)

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