Pugsley's Signature Series: Barley Wine | Shipyard Brewing Company

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Pugsley's Signature Series:  Barley WinePugsley's Signature Series:  Barley Wine

Brewed by:
Shipyard Brewing Company
Maine, United States

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This addition to the Pugsley's Signature Series collection is a big beer made with six different malts and balanced with a very full hop charge. It is a deep reddish brown in color with a complex fruity nose, a very full body, and an interesting balance between grains and hops which ends with a pleasing dry taste.

Added by Jason on 11-12-2008

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Photo of thoglund
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.64/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The appearance was a very dark black/brown body with a small white head that dies within several seconds, body was too dark for any carbonation to be seen. Some light spotty lacing is left. The smell had a roasted barley and chocolate come out pretty strong. Some malts and alcohol come out as the beer warms. The taste had a roasted barley and chocolate come out fairly strong but some dark fruits come out in the taste as the beer warms. The aftertaste is a bit smoky. The palate sat about a medium to heavy with a good carbonation felt. Overall, its not bad, there seemed to be a lot of different flavors going on. I liked this and am pretty sure I’d have this again.

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Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of colts9016
2.42/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

I have had this beer for quite a while at least 5 years if not longer. I tried to find a date but I did not have any success. A monster 2 finger light tan head with with good retention. The color of the beer is a dark brown with some ruby highlights. Not a bad showing for an English Barleywine.

A musty vinous toffee aroma leaps from the glass. The malt is bready, with some yeast, and , dried figs and some vanilla. The nose seems flat. I cannot detect any hops, ie floral, citrus, or perfumes.

Dried musty figs, toffee, bread, yeast, floral, wood, vanilla, vinous, and some port notes.

Honestly I did not care for this beer at all. I really enjoy barleywines; however, this is downright foul. I understand the vinous notes is from aging. I would have expected a bit more chew in the mouthfeel. I would have expected some harmony and balance in the beer. I still can taste the hop profile after all these year; however, this is just a poorly made beer. I don't understand the better reviews on here. From my studies this beer really misses the mark for an English barleywine. I have tasted better, chewier, balanced English Barleywines.

Mouthfeel: is carbonated slightly bitter, and astringent.

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Photo of Electros
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stakem
3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

2011 vintage. Bomber poured intoa tulip appears a very dark chestnut brown with rich mocha head that fades leaving stringy lace.

Aroma is pretty neutral with a scent of grain like toasted bread, slight citrus hops, mild alcohol and toffee to molasses.

Taste displays quite a dry bready grain flavor, slightly toasty with some lingering bitterness and toffee/smokey molasses lingering long into the aftertaste.

Medium in body with modest carbonation. This has some mineral flavoring going on that reduces its overall drinkability for me but regardless its a decent brew.

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4.04/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Pours clear deep chestnut with 1/2 “ clingy tan foam collar S: raisin and fruit aromas T: Rich dark malts, dark dried fruit, raisin and prune, dark toffee, wine notes, dark biscuit, bitter hop accent. F: Creamy, soft palate, full bodied, medium to medium low carbonation. O: A big beer with a luscious body.

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3.54/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of scotorum
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another in brewmaster Alan Pugsley's Signature Series of premium issues. XXXX IPA from that line is a personal favorite, so let's see how good the barleywine is!

Bought on sale at the end of November 2013 and aged a year plus.

Poured from the 22 oz. bomber into a Victory Donnybrook Stout nonick.

a; Semi-clear dark brown with copper/ruby highlights at the bottom. Inch and a half tan head receded slowly to heavy surface foam and very dense lacing.

s: Mild caramel and alcohol.

t; Dark roastiness with some very mild ripe dark fruit notes and moderate bitterness which lingers at the sides of the tongue.

m; A very smooth medium to full, considerable carbonation tingle.

o: A flavorful and sexy-smooth barleywine. Aging may have muted most of barleywine's fuirtiness in favor of the malt and a smoother, fuller mouthfeel.

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Photo of samtrillo
3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Surprising amount of audible carbonation on the pour and it almost bubbled over when I opened it. The pour is a midnight amber under a London streetlight....

Nose is sweet toffee and caramel. Dried dark fruits. Prune, dark cherry.

Taste is skewed in areas a bit different than a lot of barleywines I've had. Smokey, woody characteristics, a lot less sweet and syrupy than others. Toffee, butterscotch, burnt caramel, brown sugar, prunes, dark raisins. It's all tied together by the dry smokey qualities. No noticeable hops like american styles. The aftertaste on this beer ruins the whole thing, however. There's an obvious bitter-charred-alcohol flavor that's making me wince.

The mouthfeel is crisper and spicier than I'm used to, which was nice at first but difficult to keep going.

Overall, this barleywine is dark smokey treat. Definitely an English version.

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Photo of rderedin
3.42/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DrJay
3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of st9647v3
3.06/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of huddyball
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of olradetbalder
2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

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3.84/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.56/5  rDev -2.5%

Bottle. This was several years old when I tried it. Poured a ruddy, dark brown with a minimal head. It has clearly oxidized; raisins are huge in the nose. Brown sugar sweetness. The flavor has eaten the alcohol effectively. Just a soft rap of booze. The flavor is very raisiny. Dark fruits and brown sugar. A slight fruity tartness. Body is surprisingly light. Carbonation has clearly fallen off a bit but the softness works here. Pretty cool, after I'd say over five years of age.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Jeffo
4.42/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one at the LCBO a couple years back probably. It was one of the last ones around Waterloo as well. Perhaps the last. Drunk about a year after the best by date.

From a bomber into a snifter
Best by July 2013

APPEARANCE: Pours a big, three finger, medium looking, creamy light tan head with very good retention. Head slowly fades to a foam cap and leaves lots of lacing down the glass. Deep mahogany red/brown with no visible carbonatin evident. A slight wisp and ring remain leaving touches of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Caramel malts, dark fruit, dates, brown sugar and spicy alcohol on the nose. Lots of good things going on here. Bold, complex and enticing.

TASTE: Caramel, dark fruits and spicy alcohol up front. Notes of leather and chocolate at the swallow, with a bold and lingering finish of caramel and toffee sweetness, dried dark fruits, brown sugar and some light chocolate bitterness as balance. Spicy hop flavors come forth as well. Flavorful, complex, and very enjoyable.

PALATE: Medium-fuller body with medium levels of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly sticky. A bit of spiciness lingers. Good feel here as well.

OVERALL: This might better be described as an American strong ale, as the chocolate and leather qualities aren't really appropriate to the barleywine style. Either way, whatever you want to call it, this is top notch stuff. At this point in its expired life, it’s very flavorful, well integrated, smooth, complex and enjoyable. The bomber emptied far too quickly. Well balanced between sweet caramel flavors and dark malt character, making this one to pick apart and savor. Glad I got to drink this at this point in its life. Really enjoyed it.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.7/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of The_Event_Horizon
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of JMBSH
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of afsdan
3.25/5  rDev -11%

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