Shipyard Barley Wine Style Ale (Pugsley's Signature Series) | Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Shipyard Barley Wine Style Ale (Pugsley's Signature Series)Shipyard Barley Wine Style Ale (Pugsley's Signature Series)

Brewed by:
Shipyard Brewing Co.
Maine, United States

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Jason on 11-12-2008

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Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A decent beer, brought in to the LCBO for a decent price of $8. Not what I expect from an English barleywine, very bitter finish, dark bodied, chocolate malts. Let’s see how my aged bottle from Maine holds up over the years.Above average carbonation. Good ingredients, but Not as drinkable as it could be.

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Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear super dark brown with a 2 inch foamy khaki head that fades to a small cap. Thin rings of foamy lace cling to the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, nuts, brown sugar, toffee, and caramel. There is a fruity smell that I am getting as well. Taste is of toasted malt, roasted nuts, coffee beans, and some burnt sugar flavors. I am also getting some cocoa powder as the beer warms. A medium roasty bitterness lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a nice level of carbonation with a crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a great barleywine that is much darker and more roasty than I was expecting.

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Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

as authentic a barleywine as you can find in the states these days. english in origin and true to character. pours darker than expected, quad colored, with a quarter inch light brown head. smell is bourbon barrel and vanilla, with some chocolate malt and booze poking through. flavor is amazingly complex on the malty front, with caramunich and chocolate malts putting the final one, two combo on you. booze creeps in slowly as it warms, tons of wood and dark red dried fruits to this as well. mouthfeel works, less carbonated than a normal brew, but more carbonated than a lot of american barleywines, tons of heavy malts in the body too. a great bomber if you are only having one. this is a true to its heritage barleywine, worthy of any fine cuisine.

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Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of metter98
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear and very dark amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high tan head that died down relatively quickly, leaving a patch of bubbles on the surface and a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: The nose has moderately strong aromas of alcohol, raisins and toffee along with hints of chocolate.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and balances the malty sweetness and bitterness so that neither prominently stands out.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and somewhat smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some warming from the alcohol.
O: The variety of the six different malts used to make this beer add some complexity to the taste and makes this a little more interesting to drink compared to others in the style.

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Photo of brentk56
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a burnt caramel color with quite a buoyant head that displays great stickage and lace

Smell: Lots of caramel malt flavors but the complexity is built with citrus pith and other fruit elements

Taste: Caramel and stone fruit, up front, with a growing brown sugar element by mid-palate; after the swallow, the earthy and pithy bitterness kicks in to balance, though the finish has the anticipate sweetness

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and somewhat slick, with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Overall, a very nice effort that brings nice complexity to the style

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.26/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a deep clear burgundy color ale with a large off-white foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of sweet malt with some dry English hops also noticeable. Taste is a mix between some sweet malt with light biscuit notes with some dry English hops. Malts are lacking in complexity with no dry fruit or any other characteristics. Body is a bit light with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol.

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Photo of zeff80
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a semi-opaque burgundy color with some darker hues. It had a small off-white head.

S - It smelled quite floral with sweet malty notes and a hint of raisin.

T - It tasted of chocolate malts, licorice, roasted malt and tons of sweetness.

M - It was a little thin for a barleywine. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good tasting brew and relatively easy-drinking for a barleywine.

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Photo of olradetbalder
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

Photo of jlindros
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had as part of the Central New England BA Meetup #2, both the regular and "cellar aged" versions.

A: Light fizzy head fades semi quickly with a super dark brown raising color.

N: Sweet fruit comes first, with lots more malts and brown sugar, as well as raisin and pure sweet syrup. The aged one is more subtle with the aromas and has a lot less fruit.

T: Sweet malts, quite a bit. Semi bitter and tangy actually. Sweet syrupy flavors with brown sugar and molasses, and lots of raisin. Some caramel also comes through. Somewhat juicy and fruity as well. The aged one seems to balance these flavors more and has less contrast and peaks on all as they seem to homogenize into this consistent flavor.

M: Semi thick, semi syrupy, slight carbonation.

F: Lingering syrupy sweetness, some bitterness lingers with some fruit. A little smoke comes out on the finish as well. Pretty chewy finish too, and sticks to the mouth.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains bourbon, dark fruit, caramelized malts and some hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of dark fruit, caramel, licorice and bourbon. The malt character is hearty and there’s a mild but complementary hops presence that creates a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, decent representation of style, it’s a solid beer but there are better choices within the style.

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Photo of billab914
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Dogfish snifter. The bottle has a sticker on it that says "cellar aged". Not sure if that makes it special in any way or not. Poured a darker, caramel brown color with a spotty khaki lacing mostly clinging to the sides of the glass. A very visually appealing beer for the style.

The aroma has a strong caramel malt flavor to it. Some bready, burnt toast comes through as well. Some hints of citrus, and faint fruity flavors seem to be present as well.

The taste shows some of the caramel found in the nose but also has a bit of a cocoa flavor coming through. A little more dark fruit flavor to the taste then was present in the aroma. It also has a bit of burnt toast flavor to it in the finish. A moderate bitterness keeps it from being too malty sweet.

The mouthfeel is above medium bodied but probably on the lighter side for the style. Carbonation is a bit high for my tastes in barleywines as well. Drinkability isn't bad, it had some nice flavors to it overall and was nice to sip on this evening. Decent beer overall.

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Photo of russpowell
3.89/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at mid-town Tulsa

Pours an effervescent mahogany with 4 fingers of mocha colored head. Great lacing head retention

S: Dark fruit, vinous notes, slight tobacco hop signature, all tail off after a while

T: Follows the nose, serious fig action, herbal hoppyness that is bordering on astrigent, not a very good start so far...Smooths out a little as time goes by, hints of Baker's chocolate & coffee too. Dark fruit, a touch of booze,dryness & tannins are there as this warms, plus a touch of chocolate. Finishes dry, fruitty & with leafy/tobacco hoppyness

MF: Chewy with firm, perhaps a bit too much carbonation. Warming sensation kicks in after a while, good balance

Drinks easy once a bit of up front astringency passes. Stays true to the style, maybe the best beer from these guys I've had...

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Photo of smcolw
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Impressive beige head that leaves some good chunky lace on the glass. Pours dark ruby mahogany color where light barely shines through the edge of the glass.

The aroma is fruity sweet without any overpowering alcohol aromas. Lots of darker malt smells but little hop.

This is a creamy beer. It has many of the elements of a superior English Porter. There's a dark chocolate with cherry flavor that has some notes from a barley wine. Still, this is a strong departure from the style. And I like it. I find it very drinkable without too much alcohol.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, reddish-brown body with a thin, bubbly, off-white head.

Smell: Aroma smelling of toasted bread crusts casually dipped in ghee with notes of caramelized grains, berries, and earthy hops.

Taste: Dark caramel and pale maltiness with a minor taste of toasted grain husks and overall medium sweetness. Surprisingly, there's only a mild buttery taste considering this is a Shipyard product. Light berry, maybe even cherry fruitiness. Earthy, spicy, faintly citrusy hops with a medium-high bitterness. Pinch of ground barley husks in the bittersweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: It just never comes together to leave me saying "man, that was some barleywine!" I'll politely say it's an acceptable barleywine. Don't wanna start the new week being a Grouch Bug, y'know.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Burnt pecan brown with no visible highlights. To be fair, the sun has not yet risen above the horizon. A thick slice of brown sugar colored creaminess tops off the snifter in fine fashion, leaving small scraps and dots of lace as it deflates.

This might be the most chocolate-like beer of this style that I've ever sniffed. In fact, it doesn't smell like an English barleywine at all. There are subtle hints of dark fruit and no alcohol is a plus. In the end, though, it's incredibly simple and doesn't really fit the style guidelines.

Even though chocolate malt is less prominent on the palate, it still takes too much of the flavor focus. At least Shipyard BWSA tastes like a barleywine, though not an especially well-brewed one. The balancing effect of a lack of malt sweetness *and* a lack of hop bitterness doesn't do it any favors.

Flavors include dark chocolate, dark caramel, medium-dark fruit, and a sprinkling of black tea leaves. That makes it sound like a stout, but there's more barleywine-like fruitiness than stout-like roasted maltiness. On a good note, the next lowest taste score wasn't even considered. Then again, the next highest wasn't either.

The mouthfeel spins its wheels as well. It loses its so-called big beer way long before the finish, which is when slightly too sharp carbonation makes its unwelcome appearance. Time and warming help on both counts, but don't expect mouth pampering.

It looks like Imperial Porter is the best of the four Pugsley's Signature Series beers. XXXX IPA, Smashed Pumpkin, and now Barley Wine Style Ale are merely better than average. Given the $10 price tag... not recommended unless you're a big fan of the style or the brewery.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The pour was decent, though a bit lifeless for me. Rich amber color, almost copper in hue with a nice touch of cloudiness to it that really gave it a very thick look, nearly opaque at times. No real head though, and it almost looked flat at first pour, not really encouraged right off the bat. The aroma was rich and sweet. Nice notes of bready malts, hints of almost honey like notes and a nice fruit touch toward the finish. The flavor though really perked me up a bit. Sweet, mellow, with all notes of ABV long gone by the wayside. Lots of biscuit like notes, a touch of faded hops and a load of grain all combined to really give quite a nice show overall. Very impressed here with the way it tasted, especially in the finish, which was again very sweet, and nearly perfectly placed. An easy sipper I almost went through this one too quickly as it had mellowed to the point of being equally rich and subtle.

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Photo of johnnnniee
2.75/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a really dark brown with ruby highlights when held to the light. Smallish off white head disappears quickly. Smells of chocolate, butter, caramel, toffee. Taste is chocolaty buttery hoppy. Leaves a bitter/astringent taste in my mouth. Body is medium to thin the beer finishes dry. Mouthfeel is oily, carbonation is light. I tried to enjoy this, but I could not. The color is too dark for the style, the flavor profile is all wrong. The astringent taste ruined this one for me. At 1o bucks a bottle never again!

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Photo of stakem
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
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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Photo of JAHMUR
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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