Bligh's Barleywine Ale | Dry Dock Brewing Co.

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4.36/5
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BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#440
Reviews:
128
Ratings:
554
pDev:
10.09%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 554 |  Reviews: 128
Photo of Texasfan549
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cbutova
4.46/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Brought back from CO last summer, 2013 bottle. Was extremely pumped to find this bottle as a huge fan of the style.

A- Very dark mahogany pour out of the 22oz into a few snifters. The crown is off white, foamy and rises to just a sheet dying out to a small ring. Rare spotty lacing.

S- For the ABV it is very relaxed and smoothed out in the aroma. Toffee, caramel, coconut flakes, spiced raisin, vanilla bean oak, fudge, relaxed whiskey and a touch of roast darkness.

T- In the league of Arctic Devil of BA Barleywine smoothness. Delivers a lot of complex flavors without overpowering the palate in any way. Balance balance balance... of wet toasted oak, deep caramelized sugars, brown sugar, raisin, vanilla sweets from the barrel, whiskey, nuts, cherry, sweets and slight roast.

MF- Oily and super slick body which hits the palate with a thick overall consistency. Low to medium level of bubbles. Ends somewhat warm.

One of the smoothest BA Barleywines I can think of; almost absurdly so but in a good way. Balanced interplay between the rich base malts and the whiskey barrel that provides a lot of vanilla and aged oak character.

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Photo of pisano
4.32/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.57/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 Vintage bomber
I've heard some hype around this one, and damn, message received. Pour leaves almost no head to speak of. Aroma is outstanding. Oak, bourbon, vanilla, coconut, and a huge dose of toffee. Flavor is for real too. Everything the nose presented, but with a generous helping of brown sugar and a hint of sherry. Just as a warning, it is cloying. Normally, I struggle to get through such overwhelming sweetness, but this one holds up well. Body is slick, drinks smooth, with very low carbonation. Not HoD low, but close.
Overall, top 5 BA barleywine for me.

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

Felt that maybe the low ABV may have detracted a bit from the beer as a whole.

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Photo of tikk
4.34/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of greenspointexas
4.44/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Kplummer82
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CTFalcon
4.36/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of manchester0325
4.57/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the bomber into a snifter.

Not much head on this but it has the thick caramelly-look. Dark amber body almost. 4.25

Sweet sticky caramel, soy sauce and tobacco. Faint floral hop aroma. Brown sugar. 4.25

Very consistent with the nose. Caramel drips from this as does brown sugar. Tastes oaken and tobacco-like with a touch of port. 4.5

Pretty low carbonation but silky smooth and rich-feeling. Mildly sweet and a touch of faded bitterness. Really it's just a smooth creamy drinker. 4.5

This is an outstanding barleywine. The barrels don't stifle the base beer but rather complement it well.

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Photo of aaronyoung01
4.48/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of toothirsty
4.46/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of pagesofphotographs
4.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.29/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of evilcatfish
4.16/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zekeman17
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of leroybrown10
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy amber-brown with some reddish tinges. Slow forming and rather small cream colored head which vanishes quickly.

Whiskey is the first thing to hit the nose. Caramel, bread pudding and maybe a hint of vanilla.

Again, whiskey and caramel on the first taste. Sweet maltiness. Vanilla, dates, toffee and brown sugar as well. Flavors blend well but maybe a touch more of some the back end flavors.

Rich sticky mouth feel. Medium carbonation. Flavors lingers, especially an extended sweetness. Some creamy qualities.

This is a very well done barrel aged barleywine. Whiskey is prevalent but
not overpowering. Sweet but not syrupy and with a smooth creamy feel on the tongue.

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Photo of chinchill
4.06/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared bottle at RBWG-2015.
Pours very clear red-brown with a frothy head.

Moderately sweet.
Excellent aroma. Plenty of toffee and burnt sugar in the nose.

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Photo of WI-Beer-Man
4.09/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Dicers
4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of muskiesman
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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