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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 ccrida
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber (cellared aged version) poured into my Meantime snifter, Shipyard's Barleywine is dark, cola brown with a dark tan head. I like the darker color. The whole Pugsley's Signature Series is very well packaged.

Smell is sweet and fruity, an almost Belgianesque cured fruits, plum. A little nutty as well, but overall a bit too pungent.

Taste is similar, but mellowed and better integrated, with some hop presence, spice accentuated by the alcohol, which has just a bit of bite.

Mouthfeel is is pretty creamy, medium light body, dry.

Drinkability is pretty good, more in what I would I would call an old ale due to the darker malts. Not worth going to far out of your way for, but certainly worth trying if you get a chance. Probably could have used more cellar time to tame the bite.

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Photo of n0rc41
4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a goblet from a bottle.

A- Great looks,Dark brown color with great looking head tan color fades semi-quickley with not a lot of lacing.
S- Smell good, Fruits and wood in there. Small sweetest aroma?
T- Tasted pretty darn delicious. Roasted malts and chocolate little sweet with the fruity and wood smell it really brings the bottle together for a great beer.
m-Mouth feel was good. didnt really taste the after burn alcohol at all. Starts of a little fruity with the chocolate. Ends with a little oily wood aroma...good.
D- Drink it as a sipper, I pulled this beer out of my fridge and after I was into my second half it had warmed up a little and I noticed on the bottle it says drink at 55 degrees, well they are right. tasted a lot smoother at the warmer temp. I could really go for another!!!

Overall, very good! i really like it. I would love another. I highly recommend it. great beer and the cellar aging I am sure helped the smoothness of the beer.

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Photo of jlindros
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
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 Kelp
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cellared bottle

Poured a bit darker than caramel with a little tannish head. Very little lacing left by the beer.

Barley malts are on the forefront of the smell. Followed by toffee, chocolate and alcohol for the finish.

Has a nice slickness to it, almost oily. A bit thinner than i thought it would be but decent carbonation.

This was nice a good beer to have on occasion not my favorite BW but an enjoyable one.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Been sitting on this for about 6 months...figured it was time. Pours a quarter-inch head of light tan, which transforms to a thin crown quickly. Muddy brown color. Small strings of lace are left on the glass.

For a barleywine, the nose is surprisingly subtle. Maple syrup, molasses, toffee, cocoa, dark fruit and mineral, all quite faint.

Flavor is subdued, as grape, fig and molasses meld with a tart citrus peel edge, the latter being especially prominent in the finish. Flashes of herbal tea; lightly burnt bread crust; roasted grain; faint tobacco. A mineral, almost metallic essence brings the enjoyment down a little.

Sticks to the mouth a little, and has a slickness to it as it goes down. A bit more carbonated than I'm used to for the style.

Clearly not the biggest barleywine at 8.5%, this is on the more subdued end of the barleywine spectrum, and a decent try at the style. Has some redeeming qualities, and for $5.99 a bomber, it's not a bad deal. But probably not one I'll remember with extraordinary fondness.

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Photo of ChadQuest
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very generous head with good lacing. Dark dark Brown, dark for the style.

Nice smell, roasted malt, caramel, and even some faint Coco, leading into a big mouthfull of caramel notes and light coffee notes. There is a tiny bit of alcohol that i think adds to the experience, however it did surprise me as its only 8.5%

The mouthfeel is thinner then expected, still has some oily viscosity to it, similar to a Quad, but doesn't have that sweet sticky syrupy mouthfeel i normally associate with BWs. very smooth with a somewhat dry finish, which makes this one quite an easy bomber to finish,and the respectively lower alcohol percentage doesn't hurt the drinkability either.

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Photo of taez555
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a very dark brown body with a small tan head.

Nose has a beautiful rich caramel malt smell. Very fruity with a classic english barleywine smell rather than a big hop.

Taste is full bodied with an immediate big malt and slightly metallic taste. Very metaliv and mildly astringent caramel malt taste. Very traditional English barleywine with a New England twist. No over the top hops, just enough to give it some balance and a little flavor.

Decent barleywine, nothing overly special, but a solid american version of an american barleywine.

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Photo of brentk56
3.98/5  rDev +9%
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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Photo of sweethome
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour is very dark, to light it shows a ruby hint through dark brown. Very light, almost white head. Dissipates immediately.

Nose of sweet carmel, candy sugar, nuts and a hint of maple sugar.

Nice entry is full flavored, sweet malts of dried fruit, nuts and some roast malt backing. Pleasant hop presence. Slight hop flavor.

Well balanced. Very good rendition of traditional English style barleywine. More akin to Strong Ale by american styles - but meets English style very well.

A well rounded, flavorful and balanced beer with just enough heft to take the chill off.

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Photo of Yesac
3.41/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark brown pour, looks black in the glass. No head, just a ring around the glass.

S- Syrup, caramel, booze.

T- Right along with the smell. Syrup, caramel, brown sugar and booze. Nothing special here.

M- Medium/thick bodied.

D- bleh. Just wasn't impressed very much by this one.

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Photo of Blitzstyle
4.07/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a sniffer glass. Little head and a cola like color. Some light laceing but not much.

Malty caramell sweetness, some toffee as well as some light chocolate. Some citus hops added as well.

Has a little hop bite to it, I like that balanced with the sweetness of this brew. Toffee and licorice finish, can hardly taste the alcohol in this beer. Has a very sugar sweetness to it.

Roasty aftertaste medium heavy body. Very nice Shipyard does well with there pugsley series. Will drink this again!

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Photo of katan
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber into a pint

A - Pours a dark amber color. Very thick looking - no hazing, but certainly loaded with sugars. Head formation is very light, not very carbonated in appearance.

S - Sugary sweet. Barley malt sweetness dominates, with just a hint of some phenolic undertones. There is an almost sour fruity scent as well.

T - Starts off with a notably strong sweetness that is immediately bombed by a bitter balance. Certainly very biting for a english barleywine. The fruity notes are present again, reminiscent of esters or some oxidation. The hopping become more apparent as the aftertaste forms.

M - Strong to thick body - the loaded alcohol content comes with a load of unfermentable sugars. Carbonation is strong - some biting on the tongue. Stronger than most EBs.

D - Not the most drinkable beer on earth. Bitterness beats me over the head one too many times. The ABV will sneak up on you - obviously not a session beer. A bit filling.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shipyard Barley Wine Style Ale (Pugsley's Signature Series) received from Czoch75 in the Fight Club Rnd 2 a while back... Thanks Clint!! I have been saving this one in the fridge for a bit now... I figured now is as good as time as ever.. shared with a work buddy while trying to explain the merits of bigger/better beer over quantity.

Poured into my shaped SA glass.

Short lasting lite tan head.. no real lacing.. the cap is pretty much nonexistent... the brew is deeep amber... very clear.

Nose is pretty EtOH hot.. caramel and dark fruits come in pretty heavy too... a little smokey or something like that... it doesn't really belong.

Flavor mirrors the aroma with some pipe tobacco mixed in.. a little fig shows as it warms and so does an off-putting sour essence that is present in some other English BW's, but seems to not mesh well with what's in my glass.. descent, but never really comes together.

Thanks goes out to Clint for the ass-kicking in the Fight Club... badass and looking forward to round 3... but I could still use some time to come out with some knockout blows.


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Photo of alpinebryant
3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a dark amber/light chocolate color with a very small head of white bubbles around the edge of a pint glass.

Smells of Amber, some grapefruit hop scent that is overtaken by dark malt. Plum smacked me in the nose also while sipping and letting it warm.

Tasted of strong malt, chocolate, amber and black malt. Some hops which do not seem to balance out the strong malt presence. Acidic coffee and metal taste are present, wouldnt hesitate to say this might have been a Porter gone wrong with the amount of dark malt flavor I am getting. Once you get over the burnt ashy malt flavor, you get some barleywine flavor, but not nearly as much as I have tasted in other variations of this style. Plum becomes more prevalent as did the aroma of plum as it warmed.

Drinkability is not so great. Barleywines are usually a sipper, but for a bomber of this, I was wishing it didnt have so much ash flavor in it to make it more drinkable.

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Photo of scifan
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got a whole case of these things on sale the other day. It's a good thing I like 'em. Pours a chesnut brown with some nice ruby highlights when held to the light. A nice light tan head forms and quickly leaves to form a small ring of foam around the glass. Smells nice enough. Getting some nice caramel and toffee aromas with just a hint of smokiness as well. Floral hops linger deep in background. The first couple of sips reveal nice caramel and toffee flavors. There's also some leathery and tobacco flavors as well. It finishes will some nice herbal, floral bitterness.
The carbonation is good but its a little too thin. The alcohol is well hidden and this one finishes nice and clean that keeps the sips in quick succession.

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Photo of MisterClean
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mike Carey our local rep for bringing this beer to share.

A - Pours a dark mahogany with 2 fingers of mocha head. Dissipates very slow and leaves little lacing.

S/T - Light chocolate, roasted toffee and caramel, citrusy and bittering hops.

M - Full-bodied, hop dominated. The beer is still quite bitter and could age a bit to reduce hop bitterness.

D - Good. This beer will taste much better in one year from now.

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Photo of Bung
3.41/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz. Nice, rather dark brown, cloudy pour. Just a little off white head that recedes to a ring. Subtle malt, molasses, toffee aromas. Taste has the malt and toffee, but a very prevelent bitter note. A little ashy, sourness. Finishes with this bitter fruit or bitter nut note. The malt, sweet and fruit tones are quite subdued, almost watered down. Alcohol is not strong, drinkability would be quite high if not for the bitter tinge. Lighter bodied than standard. OK, but just not that meal I expect an English barleywine to be. The sour/smoke is a bit of a turn off as well.

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Photo of far333
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Murky brown color with a thick and frothy dimpled light brown head that lingers.

Aroma of toasted malt and fruitiness, subtle hop aromas.

Flavor of fig and plum, some medicinal notes, dark malts, fruity notes of ripe pear, pretty bitter, subtle hop flavors. Gets a little sweeter as it warms, and some smokey notes move in as well.

Even mouthfeel, a bit slick, but finishes tingly. Decent beer, worth trying, but perhaps not earthshaking.

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Photo of NickHanna
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I drank this beer from a standard Nonick glass.

The colour was a lovely dark amber, and the tan head was thick and long lasting. It had a strong malty aroma with plenty of hopiness as well.

The mouthfeel was substantial, and it sat on my tongue well. There was no doubt that it had the barleywine high alcohol content.

This was not as smooth as the barleywines I've had in England. There was a little roughness/sourness to the taste, and little of the sweetness that I expected. The good side of this is that it slowed me down so I didn't drink it too fast. The down side of this is that I didn't want to sip it and let it linger.

I love barleywine, and I'll come back to this one, but it didn't fulfill my nostalgic desire for a true English barleywine.

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Photo of charlzm
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 09/19/09. Served at 55 degrees F in a Triple Petrus snifter.

Beer pours a deep mahogany brown with almost no highlights. A fine head of tan bubbles a finger thick forms fast and dies slowly, leaving a creamy ring around the edges of the glass.

Beer is aromatic: sweet caramel, vanilla, brown sugar and a woody note. Very slight spicy hop note as well. Delicious!

Flavorful as well as aromatic, the palate is treated to essentially the same flavors as the nose, but with the added feature of some hop bite and a delightfully hot, dryly evaporative finish. Not parching, mind you, but the beer is gone and the spicy burn remains. Unique!

Beer is thick and a little chewy, but not cloying or coating. Fairly clean finish for a brew of this significance.

I'm looking forward to finishing the rest of this bomber with my pepperoni pizza. If I ever see this beer again, I will gladly snap up a pint or bottle!

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to AndrewK for this brew.

22oz Bomber
Gold Foil

Pours a very nice very deep red color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy tan head, with some nice sticky lacing/oil slicks left behind. The nose is a different one to a English Barleywine, very malty, with some chocolate, roast notes, some hops, slightly fruity (dark). The taste is very nice, malty, with some nice chocolate notes, roasty, slight hoppy, also picking up some figs, raisins, plums. Medium body, slightly dry finish. Drinkable, I really like this one, quite complex.

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Photo of mntlover
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep walnut color with deep reds showing thru in the light. Sports a tan brownish head small in size, but leaves some decent lace on the glass. Love this brew very nice looking wonderful color.

Aroma is nice malty caramel lots of brown sugars floating around, sweet inviting aroma. Hints of vanilla, dark fruits and hops underneath the sweetness.

Taste is loads of malts rich caramel notes everywhere, toffee hints of licorice and nice dark fruits. Hops add some kick to the flavor and blend in with the vanilla and earthy notes.

Mouthfeel is big medium lightly peppy carbonation that brings some peppery flavors out.

Drinkability is good spot on for the style, with extra dose of hops.

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Photo of linnet
2.98/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ruby colour, beige head that leaves lots of lacing on the glass. Aroma is very sweet and malty, but there is also some hops in the nose. It has a funky acidic quality that makes it less pleasurable and there is also dark fruit in there. Flavour is surprisingly watery for a beer with as high ABV like this has. It has a nice bitterness is enjoyable, unfortunately this beer is full of funky chemical notes that makes it less than convincing and it also has the same sour flavour that I found in the aroma. It has some malts in it that makes it acceptable to drink but not more. Mouthfeel is just plain average. This is a bad example of the style, I will avoid it in the future.

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Photo of TLove
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

22oz bomber traded with my brother. Classic English barleywine. Deep colors and strong, smoky flavors.

Nice, reddish-black color with small bubbles and creamy, deep tan head. Chocolate and bourbon are very prevalent, with touches of mahogony and earthiness. Has a surprisingly thin body despite the strong flavors and dark color, but there is a lot of alcohol hidden behind it. A slight bitterness, but the "sour mash" of the bourbon comes through in the end, reducing the beer's drinkability. The carbonation also doesn't hold very well with the thin body.

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Photo of brownbeer
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with a reddish hue and a small light brown head. Almost too dark to really get much from the appearance.

Aroma includes chocolate, liquorice, and a little brown sugar. Definately more English stlye with light hop notes.

It has an oily body with low carbonation. Tastes sweet similar to a lbv port wine showing earthy and dark fruit notes with liqourice overtones.

Finishes with a noticable hop bite and warming alcohol.

Overall, for the style they were going for they (english barleywine) it's not bad, but it never quite engages you. Dark and mellow, more suitable for a winter warmer that should be a much better price.(Think Avery Old Jubilation)

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Shipyard Barley Wine Style Ale (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 253 ratings
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