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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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238 Ratings

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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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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

twoplustwoisfive, Jan 15, 2013
Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

t0rin0, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of ububru
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

ububru, Dec 29, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

FEUO, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of mick303
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

mick303, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Sammy, Dec 17, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -11%

Groulxsome, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

TheSevenDuffs, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of Molson2000
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Molson2000, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of biegaman
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

biegaman, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of Chris_Cali_2o9
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Chris_Cali_2o9, Nov 20, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -11%

beerhunter13, Nov 15, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

BeerBaron238, Nov 14, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

closisinthehouse, Nov 13, 2012
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3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

cvm4, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of joemcgrath27
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
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

joemcgrath27, Nov 12, 2012
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3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

andrenaline, Nov 10, 2012
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3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

peensteen, Oct 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

WeissBoy, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of korguy123
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

korguy123, Oct 14, 2012
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3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

liamt07, Oct 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

doof116, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

JohnnyBarman, Sep 26, 2012
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3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BB July 2013

Very dark brown with ruby red hints, with a big beige head. Very good retention and lacing.

Nose contains dark fruit (date, plum, raisin), alcohol, caramel malt, toffee and some chocolate. Certainly malt focused. A woody scent as well.

Taste is similar to the nose. Quite malty, with caramel, a bit of chocolate and a bit of roast coming through. Some grassy hops provide bitterness to what would otherwise be quite sweet. Fruit is there but not as strong as in the nose.

A bit thin for a barleywine, though still full bodied. Moderate carbonation. Booze is a bit more present than I would expect for 8.5%.

Overall, fairly good. I doubt I would look to have it again, but a pretty decent beer.

jrenihan, Sep 22, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

ale207, Sep 04, 2012
Shipyard Barley Wine Style Ale (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 238 ratings.