Bligh's Barleywine Ale | Dry Dock Brewing Co.

Bligh's Barleywine AleBligh's Barleywine Ale
BA SCORE
94.7%
Liked This Beer
4.36 w/ 548 ratings
Bligh's Barleywine AleBligh's Barleywine Ale
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by waltonc on 10-08-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#440
Reviews:
125
Ratings:
548
Liked:
519
Avg:
4.36/5
pDev:
10.09%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
548
Gots:
148
Trade:
20
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 548 |  Reviews: 125
Photo of Gregaroo
4.19/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

3-5-16 - Damn. On tap at Falling Rock Taphouse in Denver. Served in a tulip with absolutely no head. Quick swirl, and still no head. Aroma is over the top intense. So good. Flavors are smooth vanilla and kind of Bourbony. So smooth. I love this barley wine.

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Photo of Barnchaser
4.54/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful Ruby color. Great barrel aged example. Boozy but balanced. Barrel choice was perfect for a Kentucky girl.

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Photo of DenverBigRed
4.49/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BarrytheBear
4.01/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of simplejj81
4.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of Brian29
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of zac16125
4.04/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a snifter
2012 Vintage

A big thanks to protonw07 for sending this one over via trade!


A: Very murky dark mahogany, small fizzy white bubbles is all that builds for a head, leaves no lacing. 3.25

S: Pretty big nose, lots of dark fruits, fairly vinous, booze, charred oak whiskey notes from the barrel, subtle cocoa. 4.25

T: Lots of sweet characters; dark fruits, caramel/toffee, semi-sweet cocoa, subtle bitterness. Some oaky characters but overall barrel notes are fairly subtle. 4.25

M/D: Medium body, carbonation is very low (I know its has some age on it but its nearly flat), ABV is well masked, drinkability is average limited by the low carb. 3.25

O: Very nice beer. Not up there with my favorite BW’s but very enjoyable nonetheless. The flatness hurts the overall profile though. 4

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Photo of legrandfacile74
4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2012 bottle bought at the Glendale King Soopers 3 years ago. Strong malt, whiskey, molasses, and caramel notes on the nose. Very little head on the pour, and in the glass it has a dark sienna color and slightly murky appearance . The whisky and malt are pungent, which is not a bad thing in my opinion especially this time of year. This is a smooth, slightly sweet beer with a strong finish. There's a hint of coriander and other spices in the aftertaste. Local gossip says that the beer is aged in an unnamed local whiskey distillery's barrels.

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Photo of mklisz
4.21/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jwale73
4.11/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage. Pours a translucent mahogany with a head that dissipates into a tight band around the edges. Nose is a bit dull - some butterscotch notes, oxidization and a bready character. Taste is very well-balanced. Not too sweet - toffee and figs muddle nicely. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body (but closer to light) with a mild carbonation and a slightly oily consistency. Overall, very good but perhaps a little past its prime; however, it's still solid.

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Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of darktronica
4.36/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of reebtaerG
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Devman171
4.46/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of pvtjoker42
4.73/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I've got the last 4 years of this beer in the cellar, and can't wait for this years release! Smooth drinking, rich brown color with a little haze, no boozy bite, has to be one of my favorite local beers.

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Photo of gruss004
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Bligh's Barleywine Ale from Dry Dock Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 94.7% out of 100 with 548 ratings
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