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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

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Added by waltonc on 10-08-2011

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Ratings: 550 |  Reviews: 126
Photo of abecall98
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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Photo of ucsbmullet
5/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of AndrewK
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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

Photo of hiphopj5
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of enelson
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of mikeyv35
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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Photo of Sean9689
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%

Photo of crazyfidel
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%

Photo of siege06nd
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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Photo of orangesol
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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4.04/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2011)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, quirkzoo!

Blind Tasting and Review

(Aged for 6 months)

Clear, dark auburn and chestnut in color with a very small light brown head. This leaves the glass relatively clean on the way down.

Nice, rich aroma of vanilla, caramel, toffee, and bourbon. This smells sweeter than most of the other barrel-aged barleywines in the lineup.

The flavor follows the aroma, though is significantly sweeter than many of the others in the blind barrel-aged barleywine lineup. There's nice vanilla and bourbon character, though the base beer seems like it's probably somewhat lacking.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Silky.

A very nice, somewhat sweet, barrel-aged barleywine.

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Photo of tewaris
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bligh's Barleywine
Poured into a snifter. Thanks Colby.

Rich, strong barrel notes; brown sugar and caramel; some alcohol notes and they work very well. Certainly not hot in any manner though. Sweet and decadent with notes of caramel, toffee and dry fruits; appears slightly thin and clean with the base beer and barrels perfectly balanced.

4, 4, 4.5, 4, 4.5

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of afksports
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Bligh's Barleywine Ale from Dry Dock Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.36 out of 5 with 550 ratings
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