Bligh's Barleywine Ale | Dry Dock Brewing Co.

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Bligh's Barleywine AleBligh's Barleywine Ale

Brewed by:
Dry Dock Brewing Co.
Colorado, United States

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Malty and complex, this big beer has a strong caramel backbone supporting oak and whiskey flavors with hints of dark fruits. The nose wafts of coconut, toffee, and a smooth hint of alcohol. The flavor and aroma meld, becoming one after just a single sip. This beer is ready to drink, but also ages with the best of them.

Added by waltonc on 10-08-2011

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Ratings: 554 |  Reviews: 128
Photo of Treebs
3.92/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle served in a Deschute tulip. Big Thanks to Andrew (nasty31) for the share.

A: Pours a dark and cloudy rub color with a tan ring forming on the pour. Splotches of lace are left down the glass.

S: Spicy rye whiskey is up front. Dark fruits, mostly raisins, with a subtle roasted malt undertone. The majority of the nose is dominated by the whiskey. It even drowns out the rest of the barrel.

T: Some fruity esters and spice from the whiskey. Raisiny dark fruit flavors with some sweet candied sugar. The whiskey isn't harsh, but it is overbearing at times.

M: Medium bodied, a tad thin for my liking, with a medium to low carbonation.

O: While I certainly like this I had this side by side with King Henry and had Hi-Fi Rye a little afterwards. This just didn't hold up to the big guys IMO.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Etan
4.57/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz into a snifter. 2011 bottle. Thanks googzoid!

A: Pours a deep woody reddish-brown with a small tan head.

S: Superbly balanced nose. Cooked raisins, cinnamon, brown sugar, prune, caramel, coconut, vanilla, plum flesh.

T: Big brown sugar and fig, slight spice, vanilla, prune, slight oak, raisin, soft booze, fruity sugar, caramel. A bit tannic and slightly warming in the finish.

M: Slight pop of carbonation, then it's gone. Thick, rich.

O: Just excellent - all the flavors are very smoothly integrated. Barrel-aging should always be done like this. A pleasure to drink.

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4.07/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks for the trade Exiled! Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a dirty murky mud color with almost no head. Reminds me of dark iced-tea.
S: Not as potent as I was expecting. I get some notes of caramel and whiskey. Alcohol vapors are noticeable.
T: Very smooth flavors of caramel, mellow whiskey barrel, vanilla, strong caramel and a hint of honey. I get a few fruit skins as well.
M: Thick body, viscous mouth, sweet but not cloying. Finish falls off with no burn. Very smooth.
O: One of the better BA barleywines I’ve encountered. Very rich but so easy to sip on. Thanks again, Exiled.

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4.66/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thank you sexy ScottFrie.

A - eh, cloudy, brown, and weak head. Looks almost like a sour brown ale unfiltered. Just not what I'm used to when seeing my pour of BA Barleywine.

S - smells good. Incredibly sweet. Aromas of sweet apple and cinnamon surprisingly. A little Carmel too, cool.

T - incedible. Makes my nipples hard. A thick Carmel flavor just starts your journey. Some nice woody notes hit from the barrel, and some sweet sugary malts finish. I am getting more Carmel in the dry finish, man, this rocks.

M - perfect to style. It's not overly or under carved. Just the right ammount. Goldielocks would love this. The beer is thick and sweet, yet finishes slightly dry. It's different, and I love it.

O - this beer right here, it's really good.

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5/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.92/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Date: 03/16/12
Type: 22oz. Bomber
Vintage: 2011
Glass: General Lafayette Pint Glass

Pours a muddy brown mahoghany in color w/ a skim coat white head and little to no lacing. Aromas of caramel, toffee, vanilla, coconut, oak, and whiskey. The flavor started off w/ sweet caramel and toffee, leading into subtle dark fruits (raisins/figs), and closing w/ vanilla, coconut, and whiskey. Medium bodied and lush. Pretty easy to drink w/ the 10% lower end of the spectrum ABV being well masked.

Overall, incredibly flavorful brew with tremendous depth and oh so smooth! Glad I have another bottle of this big dog in my favorite style category. Not sure how this one got slightly overlooked and King Henry took center stage.

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4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at DLD 2012...not sure who to thank.

A - Pours a mirky copper/brown color, off-white head, spotty lace.

S - Booze, dark fruits, caramel, burnt sugars, oak. I would say this needs a few more months, but still, it's very solid on the nose and there's nothing bad to say besides the higher level of alcohol.

T - Similar to the nose, the booze is up front followed by dark fruits, burnt sugars, light vanilla, and oak. The whisky is well-integrated but still too much right now...6-12 months will do this beer some huge good. Finish is sweet caramel and oak mixed with whiskey.

M - Medium body, good carbonation, creamy dark fruity finish.

O - My small pour was the perfect amount to enjoy this beer. Hard to really drink a bunch of this stuff (as with more BW's), but it's really coming a long nicely from when I had it fresh. I would say hold your bottles unless you really like a lot of booze in your BW's. In the very near future, this will be an amazing beer.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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5/5  rDev +14.7%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.54/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Traded for this 2011 bottle from DividedAvery back in December. Decided to pull it out of the cellar and enjoy on 5.20.12.

A - Pours a dark brown-amber with a small light tan head that turns into some large bubbles on the edges.

S - Surprisingly sweet fruit, apples and some wood. As it warmed a lot of carmel, coconut, and vanila

T - Carmeled apples - Wow! Very good, coconut and some toffee.

D - Decent carbonation with a thinner, sticky body.

O - So, very tasty. The carmel flavors really dominated and I really loved it.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of silentjay
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a very muddy brown that is nearly opaque with a decent sized dark tan head that quickly recedes and laces a bit.

very sweet aroma. lots of molasses, maple, dark brown sugar, along with plenty of oak vanilla, toffee, a bit of roasted nuts and some booze.

again sweet, caramel, tons of molasses, maple syrup, with plenty of wood, whiskey, vanilla, toffee, toasted coconut, roasted nuts. a bit of leather and almost like an old ale. reminds me a little of Kuhnhenn's BB4D.

full bodied and sticky sweet with a good amount of carbonation and a lingering candy sweetness.

wow. very impressive. drinks very smooth, but has the complexity and power present to make this a contemplative sipper. will definitely seek out more of this.

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5/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Pours a rich dark mahogany color. One of the prettiest pours I have experienced in this style with a uniform, rich three-quarter finger head. Spotty lacing, but good legs down the sides of the glass.

S. Ripe dark fruit, cherry, fig, raisin, plum, vanilla, chocolate, and some faint whiskey.

T. Caramel, vanilla, cherry, fig. Hints of oak char, chocolate, coconut, and toasted marshmallow. Big kiss of whiskey in the finish, but it compliments it perfectly. Wow, it is incredibly smooth and balanced. Lots of toasted bread crust, fruit, toffee, and bootstrap.

M: Little bit of alcohol burn is the only thing that isn't quite right. Otherwise, it is near perfectly balanced and a great example of a barleywine that emphasizes the barrel aging and a hearty malt balance instead of going overboard with sweetness.

O: One of the finest barleywines I have had. Right there with KH, MoAS, and Sucaba. Really balanced and easy drinking. Not sickeningly sweet or loaded with fruit, but the barrel, caramel, toffee, and marshmallow flavors are amazing. I think its decidedly different in that regard from most of the other top examples of this style. Outstanding.

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4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to stormking47 for bringing this one to Imminent Liquidation II. Was really looking forward to trying this one, glad I got a sample.

A - Pours hazy brown with a decent one finger tall off-white head leaving small streaks of lace down parts of the glass.

S - Smells of toffee, caramel, dark fruits, oak, vanilla and warm bourbon. The booze is fairly strong at this point, dulling some of the other amazing aromas.

T - Starts off with quite a bit of sugary sweetness - mostly toffee, caramel and brown sugar - slowly giving way to hints of vanilla, oak and warm bourbon. A good balance initially, the booze grows a little too aggressive toward the end of my sample. Finish is a mix of sweetness and booze burn, lingering on the palate long after consumption.

M - Big body with plenty of sweet flavors and moderate carbonation. The booze is strong throughout, combining with the barrel to leave the palate dried after each sip.

O - A very nice barrel aged barleywine, all tho I have had better. I would like to try this one once the booze dies down a little more, I think it will greatly improve.

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Bligh's Barleywine Ale from Dry Dock Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.36 out of 5 with 554 ratings