Bligh's Barleywine Ale | Dry Dock Brewing Co.

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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

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Added by waltonc on 10-08-2011

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Ratings:
547
Reviews:
125
Avg:
4.33
pDev:
10.16%
 
 
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Photo of Thishops4u
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MtnSoup
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 version. Little to no head. Little lacing. Toffee, sweet, bourbon barrel flavor. I remember this one having a fuller body

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Photo of outoffocus
4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Zaphog
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of beergorrilla
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of LehighAce06
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Jslay013
3.3/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Don't see why others are so high on this. Very average barrel-aged barley wine across the board, IMO.

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Photo of kmoen
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BAsbill
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rutager
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2013 bottle from the good doctor, steasy66.

Appearance. Pours a deep amber-brown that doesn't let much light through, topped with a thin light tan head.

Smell. Plums, raisins, sweet caramel, slight cardboard and sherry oxidization notes but not in a bad way.

Taste. Brown sugar and caramel, dark fruits, toasted oak, lightly tannic barrel and leather, and a touch of whiskey.

Mouthfeel. Full body, a touch sticky on the lips, low carbonation.

Overall. Great stuff that's everything a BA barleywine should be without excessive anything.

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Photo of gfunk1
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of 2013beer101
4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GregJ
3.6/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I expect sweetness from a barleywine and sweetness from the bourbon barrel aging but this is a bit much for me. Very sweet with an almost syrupy characteristic beyond what I would ever want. Very sad about this as I really like their vanilla porter. Pours a hazy red-orange. Smells of bourbon, sweet malts and booze. Dominant sweet bourbon flavor, caramel, sweet malts. Sweet heavy body with med/light carbonation. Not as obnoxiously sweet as it warmed but still too much for me.

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Photo of ilikebeer03
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of jmkoller11
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of jklecko2
3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of Hohnbaum
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of jaydoc
4.2/5  rDev -3%

Photo of olradetbalder
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of okono
4.84/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of kevanb
4.26/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle, 2013 vintage printed on the bottle, poured into a Dry Dock tulip glass. Reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a burgundy brown color, very opaque with a fizzy, khaki head that vanishes quickly yielding no film nor lace. The aroma huge on toffee while bourbon oak, stone fruits, vanilla, brown sugar and caramel follow up behind it, very rich and sweet. The flavors pack that same punch, though more rewarding, still plenty of toffee, sweet and rich grain, oak, brown sugar, caramel, bourbon integrates itself nicely while vanilla, stone fruits and molasses linger at the finish, wonderfully complex, each sip brings something to the table. The mouthfeel is a bit thin and lackluster, struggles to coat the mouth however, this does make this beer very easy to drink, void of the usual "heaviness" to a big barrel aged beer. The finish is smooth and leaves a lightly warming sensation behind.

Verdict: A very delicious bourbon barrel aged barleywine from Dry Dock, definitely up there in the pantheon for this style, and definitely an "underrated" beer, although the ratings seem to indicate it's quality, so perhaps it's a "under-known" beer that isn't as heralded as the rest. Perfect for a fall or winter evening to sip on, delicious.

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

Bligh's Barleywine Ale from Dry Dock Brewing Co.
4.33 out of 5 based on 547 ratings.
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