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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

238 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 238
Reviews: 162
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.88%
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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 11-12-2008)
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2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

olradetbalder, Nov 21, 2014
Photo of LoganMc
3.84/5  rDev +5.2%

LoganMc, Oct 28, 2014
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.

VelvetExtract, Oct 24, 2014
Photo of 12packpoet
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

12packpoet, Oct 19, 2014
Photo of Jeffo
4.43/5  rDev +21.4%
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.

Jeffo, Oct 16, 2014
Photo of Sanchezrox23
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Sanchezrox23, Sep 09, 2014
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3.7/5  rDev +1.4%

spinrsx, Aug 26, 2014
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

The_Event_Horizon, Aug 24, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

JMBSH, Jul 10, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11%

afsdan, May 22, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

VTBrewHound, May 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

bigox420, Apr 11, 2014
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.

Mr-Cyphyr, Feb 27, 2014
Photo of PalatePilot
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

PalatePilot, Jan 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

RedAleMan, Jan 19, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -11%

acurtis, Jan 16, 2014
Photo of Brenden
3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Brenden, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of puboflyons
4.51/5  rDev +23.6%
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.

puboflyons, Dec 26, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11%

JAHMUR, Dec 04, 2013
Photo of Mycescephalus
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Mycescephalus, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of mikeyv35
3.96/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

mikeyv35, Oct 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

dmorgan310, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of RickS95
4.58/5  rDev +25.5%
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.

RickS95, Sep 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

E_Cox, Aug 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

bigaddy, Aug 13, 2013
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Shipyard Barley Wine Style Ale (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 238 ratings.