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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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236 Ratings

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Ratings: 236
Reviews: 162
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.84%
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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Photo of far333
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Murky brown color with a thick and frothy dimpled light brown head that lingers.

Aroma of toasted malt and fruitiness, subtle hop aromas.

Flavor of fig and plum, some medicinal notes, dark malts, fruity notes of ripe pear, pretty bitter, subtle hop flavors. Gets a little sweeter as it warms, and some smokey notes move in as well.

Even mouthfeel, a bit slick, but finishes tingly. Decent beer, worth trying, but perhaps not earthshaking.

far333, Oct 01, 2009
Photo of NickHanna
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I drank this beer from a standard Nonick glass.

The colour was a lovely dark amber, and the tan head was thick and long lasting. It had a strong malty aroma with plenty of hopiness as well.

The mouthfeel was substantial, and it sat on my tongue well. There was no doubt that it had the barleywine high alcohol content.

This was not as smooth as the barleywines I've had in England. There was a little roughness/sourness to the taste, and little of the sweetness that I expected. The good side of this is that it slowed me down so I didn't drink it too fast. The down side of this is that I didn't want to sip it and let it linger.

I love barleywine, and I'll come back to this one, but it didn't fulfill my nostalgic desire for a true English barleywine.

NickHanna, Sep 24, 2009
Photo of charlzm
4.5/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 09/19/09. Served at 55 degrees F in a Triple Petrus snifter.

Beer pours a deep mahogany brown with almost no highlights. A fine head of tan bubbles a finger thick forms fast and dies slowly, leaving a creamy ring around the edges of the glass.

Beer is aromatic: sweet caramel, vanilla, brown sugar and a woody note. Very slight spicy hop note as well. Delicious!

Flavorful as well as aromatic, the palate is treated to essentially the same flavors as the nose, but with the added feature of some hop bite and a delightfully hot, dryly evaporative finish. Not parching, mind you, but the beer is gone and the spicy burn remains. Unique!

Beer is thick and a little chewy, but not cloying or coating. Fairly clean finish for a brew of this significance.

I'm looking forward to finishing the rest of this bomber with my pepperoni pizza. If I ever see this beer again, I will gladly snap up a pint or bottle!

charlzm, Sep 19, 2009
Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to AndrewK for this brew.

22oz Bomber
Gold Foil

Pours a very nice very deep red color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy tan head, with some nice sticky lacing/oil slicks left behind. The nose is a different one to a English Barleywine, very malty, with some chocolate, roast notes, some hops, slightly fruity (dark). The taste is very nice, malty, with some nice chocolate notes, roasty, slight hoppy, also picking up some figs, raisins, plums. Medium body, slightly dry finish. Drinkable, I really like this one, quite complex.

Wasatch, Sep 03, 2009
Photo of mntlover
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep walnut color with deep reds showing thru in the light. Sports a tan brownish head small in size, but leaves some decent lace on the glass. Love this brew very nice looking wonderful color.

Aroma is nice malty caramel lots of brown sugars floating around, sweet inviting aroma. Hints of vanilla, dark fruits and hops underneath the sweetness.

Taste is loads of malts rich caramel notes everywhere, toffee hints of licorice and nice dark fruits. Hops add some kick to the flavor and blend in with the vanilla and earthy notes.

Mouthfeel is big medium lightly peppy carbonation that brings some peppery flavors out.

Drinkability is good spot on for the style, with extra dose of hops.

mntlover, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of linnet
2.93/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

linnet, Aug 22, 2009
Photo of TLove
3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

22oz bomber traded with my brother. Classic English barleywine. Deep colors and strong, smoky flavors.

Nice, reddish-black color with small bubbles and creamy, deep tan head. Chocolate and bourbon are very prevalent, with touches of mahogony and earthiness. Has a surprisingly thin body despite the strong flavors and dark color, but there is a lot of alcohol hidden behind it. A slight bitterness, but the "sour mash" of the bourbon comes through in the end, reducing the beer's drinkability. The carbonation also doesn't hold very well with the thin body.

TLove, Aug 15, 2009
Photo of brownbeer
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with a reddish hue and a small light brown head. Almost too dark to really get much from the appearance.

Aroma includes chocolate, liquorice, and a little brown sugar. Definately more English stlye with light hop notes.

It has an oily body with low carbonation. Tastes sweet similar to a lbv port wine showing earthy and dark fruit notes with liqourice overtones.

Finishes with a noticable hop bite and warming alcohol.

Overall, for the style they were going for they (english barleywine) it's not bad, but it never quite engages you. Dark and mellow, more suitable for a winter warmer that should be a much better price.(Think Avery Old Jubilation)

brownbeer, Aug 07, 2009
Photo of deg
2.98/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

deg, Aug 04, 2009
Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Foil wrapped bomber pours a mostly clear, dark mahogany body with a medium sized tan head. Good retention with some patchy lacing.

Aroma of pine and citrusy hops, chocolate, caramel, and roasted cofffee.

Medium body and carbonation with some hop oiliness, yet an odd creaminess.

Taste has earthy, pine, and citrusy hops, bitter dark roasted malts, caramel, vanilla, chocolate, and dark fruits. A hint of coffee lets you know there are some dark roasted malts at work. Sounds like a mess, with all the hops and malt varieties in this one but it actually works quite well.

Very tasty, but this is just not a barleywine. A strong ale, perhaps. Still, it's the tastiest offering from Shipyard I've ever sipped and I'm not going to penalize it any style points.

merlin48, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of champ103
4.72/5  rDev +29%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark murky brown color. A small bubbly tan head forms. Light lace is left behind.
S: A great roasted malt aroma. Sweet toffee and caramel. Some coffee as well. Light dark fruits as the aroma lingers. A wonderful oak and wood aroma.
T: This is great. A large roasted malt flavor. Coffee and chocolate. Some sweet toffee again. Dry wood, and dark fruits. There are lots of layers here.
M/D: A rich full body that is creamy and velvety smooth on the tongue. Low on the carbonation end. Very decedent. The alcohol is not noticeable at all. So smooth and easy to drink. A great beer to sip on throughout the night.

This is awesome. A truly great English Barleywine. There are lots of complexities. Something I highly recommend.

champ103, Jul 31, 2009
Photo of chaz410
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours very dark for a barleywine. Little head.
Smells of toasted caramunich malts, roasted nuts, dark wheat, and a little alcohol.
Taste nearly like a oaked aged porter with smoked malts. Finishes dry and with a slight alcohol bite at the end. Very unique and not similar to any barleywines i've ever had.

chaz410, Jul 29, 2009
Photo of rajendra82
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer sat deep red in the wine glass, and if the light struck it the right way, looked almost black. The head atop was quite large for the style, looming at nearly three finger thick. The smell was roasty with coffee and dark fruit, which was very nice, had this been a Stout. It was quite odd to smell these aromas in a Barleywine. The taste was a mix of astringent and roasty flavors, followed by a caramel finish which was again way out of place for the style. The beer also lacked much sweetness, which is what I thought English Barleywines were all about. I feel a little bad rating it this low on the taste,, as I liked the flavors. The mouthfeel was thin and displayed none of the velvety characteristics and syrupy viscosity I was expecting. And at only 8.5%, no warmth to speak of either. What were you smoking when you wrote the recipe Mr. Pugsley?

rajendra82, Jun 26, 2009
Photo of BedetheVenerable
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Gorgeous 24oz brown pop top, foil-capped

Appearance: Beautiful dark walnut/cola colored beer with a dark cream cap of large bubbles which lasts well

Smell: HUGE chocolate notes, bready malt and biscuit, and notes of dark earth and minerality as this warms slightly

Taste: Tons of malt, alcohol, and a medium hop bitterness on the finish...lots of chocolate, dark fruit, alcohol, and a slight earthiness...the bitterness grows as this warms

Mouthfeel: Fairly full-bodied and tongue coating

Drinkability: Pretty decent

Conclusion: This is definitely an end of the night beer...the alcohol gets a little hot after a bit, but this is big, bold, and seductive, as a barleywine should be.

BedetheVenerable, Jun 12, 2009
Photo of Offa
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a fairly good barleywine, but not great, being slightly too alcoholic yet weak on character.

It looks pretty good, deep, dark red-brown with a medium tan head, creamy and steadily shrinking to a thin, creamy foamy top that lingers before slowly dissipating to a foamy ring. It leaves some foamy lace.

The aroma is nice, a good, fairly well-rounded barleywine and rather English in character. It has rich caramel, caramelised fruit and grain, citrus, candied oriange peel, burnt-caramelised orange peel, prunes, a light earthy leafiness, hints of chocolate/mocha.

The taste is similar, but less well-rounded, more bland and off-balanced. It is clearly a little overly alcoholic from the start, a but rummy with a little too much alcoholic heat that takes over near the finish and lingers a bit. This is not overpowering but it is a little too much and brings down drinkability a bit especially. It has some prune, candied orange peel, slightly burnt toast and grain, hint of dark rum, some faint chocolate. It is sweet with the alcohol and light bitterness taking over in the finish and lingering.

The feel is fairly good, somewhat full but neither oily nor particularly lively.

The flavour it has is pretty good and it is not one-dimensional, but the flaovurs are a bit thin and subdued while the alcoholic heat and bitterness are a bit too strong. It gets smoother but also more bland over time.

Offa, Jun 10, 2009
Photo of Trappissed
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Hamilton's:

An interesting Barley Wine for sure. Tasted like figs, prunes, and raisins with a nice coffee-flavored kick. Not too alcoholic tasting, but just very odd. A great and enjoyable sipper that gives a fresh take on a style that I am still learning about.

Trappissed, Jun 07, 2009
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a deep clear burgundy color ale with a large off-white foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of sweet malt with some dry English hops also noticeable. Taste is a mix between some sweet malt with light biscuit notes with some dry English hops. Malts are lacking in complexity with no dry fruit or any other characteristics. Body is a bit light with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol.

Phyl21ca, Jun 07, 2009
Photo of WesWes
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark brown color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a complex malt aroma that leans more to the roasted/chocolate side. It dry with a light hop aroma. The taste is decent. It has a moderate burnt toffee flavor that goes down easy and finishes dry and warm with a nice hop character. The mouthfeel is decent as well. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a nice barleywine. I love the aroma and it's got pretty nice malt character. The Pugsley series is turning out to be the class of their lineup.

WesWes, Jun 05, 2009
Photo of GClarkage
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

05/03/09- Purchased at Mollie Stones in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bottle, assuming 2008 or '09 release, but no info on the bottle. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Deeper caramel colored pour. Fuller one inch head that sticks around for a bit and leaves a slight rim. Leaves very slight lacing behind.

Smell- Nice heavily roasted caramel scent. Fairly hoppy with a decent hit of alcohol.

Taste- Has an english taste, but it's overly hoppy per style and the malt base is too roasted. More of a dark chocolate flavor than milk with a burnt caramel flavor. ABV hits a lot harder than the 8.5% noted.

Mouthfeel- A bit overcarbonated per style and a pretty lasting bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability- Ate a full dinner and have quite a buzz after this one measley 8.5% beer. Feels like a 11% one. Feels much more like an american style B'wine than an english. Not bad by any means, just out of style. Still perfectly fine, tasty and quaffable.

GClarkage, May 04, 2009
Photo of bilyboy65
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well i've enjoyed almost the entire bottle before doing my review. Take that for what you will.

The appearance is a dark redish brown with a nice 2 finger tan head. Leaves a flaky lacing on the glass. The scent is complicated and gets better as it gets warmer. Mostly fruity and not a lot of other wine like characteristics. Other barley wines have been very much like a wine. Didn't enjoy them so much. The flavor is mostly fruit as well, but there is some bitterness that bites the tongue. Its a full body beer that makes for drinking a bomber pretty easy.

bilyboy65, Apr 25, 2009
Photo of scruffwhor
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, one finger, light tan head. Pretty deep, red and brown color, more like garnet. Nice lacing for a barelywine.Fruit cake with a good splash of mandarin and blood orange rinds in the aroma. Taste starts with some dark fruits. Plums, maraschino like black cherries, and some apricots. Rum cakey and dry peppermint hop spice. The alcohol is elusive, its there,jus behind the scenes. Helping the other flavors stand out. Good, smooth, dry sipper.

scruffwhor, Apr 24, 2009
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.47/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a snifter)

A- This beer has a deep dark brown-hued black body with a thick creamy tan head of foam on top. There are tiny bubbles that glide to the surface on the sides of the glass.

S- The aroma is complex with notes of caramel, roasted black malt and a small black coffee note. As the beer warms there are some pale malt notes and a finish that is good dark nougat.

T- Dark chocolatey malt flavors blends with dark roasted flavors and some soft licorice roast notes come through aswell. There are nice dark caramel malt flavors that are slightly sweet that pop through as the beer warms. The finish has a full bitter bite that is part black charred malt and part bitter hops.

M- This beer has a full mouthfeel with a creamy texture as long as the head last and a faint alcohol heat in the finish as the beer warms a good bit.

D- This beer is very smooth to drink but with nice complexity and new layers of flavor as the beer warms. This is a great English style barley wine that is big but shows depth aswell. I don't think I would age this one as it might lose some of its complexity.

rhoadsrage, Apr 21, 2009
Photo of BeachRez
4.35/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up from BevMo in LB for $6.99

This poured a medium carmel colored brown. Light head that left a light lacing in the glass.

The smell was mild.

Great tasting, low malty sweetness. Very balanced flavor that seems to try for style versus originality.
Very drinkable. No boozy aftertaste. This is something I would drink OFTEN.

BeachRez, Mar 18, 2009
Photo of bbothen
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark cola like brown color with a big & frothy 2 finger deep light brown colored head. Nice head retention here. Lots sticky lace on glass. Looks real nice.

Smells of sweet caramalized malts, fruity, somewhat toasty, faint hoppiness.

Sweet, raisin, fruity, toasted grains, citric hop bitterness, some coffee/chocolate notes.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, creamy, thin for a barleywine.

Drinks nice and easy.

Not blown away by any means. Nice barleywne for the $6.99 price I paid.

bbothen, Mar 15, 2009
Photo of magictrokini
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured dark brown, nearly black, with mahogany edges and a thick tan head. Creamy looking. Thick, sticky lacing. Never seen a barleywine look like this; more like a cream stout or imperial porter. Earthy, wooden malt with a chunk of cocoa powder and hops in the nose. Equally creamy mouthfeel; very unexpected. Roasty malt, again earthy and wooden. The chocolate really comes through as it warms. There is a resiny bite, but it comes off more like part of a barrel-aged character. It was very nice, but the density and heft of the beer made it a bit unwieldly in terms of drinkability. I had wished someone was there to help me finish the bomber.

magictrokini, Mar 13, 2009
Shipyard Barley Wine Style Ale (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 236 ratings.