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

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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Jason on 11-12-2008

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Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Foil wrapped bomber pours a mostly clear, dark mahogany body with a medium sized tan head. Good retention with some patchy lacing.

Aroma of pine and citrusy hops, chocolate, caramel, and roasted cofffee.

Medium body and carbonation with some hop oiliness, yet an odd creaminess.

Taste has earthy, pine, and citrusy hops, bitter dark roasted malts, caramel, vanilla, chocolate, and dark fruits. A hint of coffee lets you know there are some dark roasted malts at work. Sounds like a mess, with all the hops and malt varieties in this one but it actually works quite well.

Very tasty, but this is just not a barleywine. A strong ale, perhaps. Still, it's the tastiest offering from Shipyard I've ever sipped and I'm not going to penalize it any style points.

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Photo of champ103
4.42/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark murky brown color. A small bubbly tan head forms. Light lace is left behind.
S: A great roasted malt aroma. Sweet toffee and caramel. Some coffee as well. Light dark fruits as the aroma lingers. A wonderful oak and wood aroma.
T: This is great. A large roasted malt flavor. Coffee and chocolate. Some sweet toffee again. Dry wood, and dark fruits. There are lots of layers here.
M/D: A rich full body that is creamy and velvety smooth on the tongue. Low on the carbonation end. Very decedent. The alcohol is not noticeable at all. So smooth and easy to drink. A great beer to sip on throughout the night.

This is awesome. A truly great English Barleywine. There are lots of complexities. Something I highly recommend.

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Photo of chaz410
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours very dark for a barleywine. Little head.
Smells of toasted caramunich malts, roasted nuts, dark wheat, and a little alcohol.
Taste nearly like a oaked aged porter with smoked malts. Finishes dry and with a slight alcohol bite at the end. Very unique and not similar to any barleywines i've ever had.

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Photo of rajendra82
3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer sat deep red in the wine glass, and if the light struck it the right way, looked almost black. The head atop was quite large for the style, looming at nearly three finger thick. The smell was roasty with coffee and dark fruit, which was very nice, had this been a Stout. It was quite odd to smell these aromas in a Barleywine. The taste was a mix of astringent and roasty flavors, followed by a caramel finish which was again way out of place for the style. The beer also lacked much sweetness, which is what I thought English Barleywines were all about. I feel a little bad rating it this low on the taste,, as I liked the flavors. The mouthfeel was thin and displayed none of the velvety characteristics and syrupy viscosity I was expecting. And at only 8.5%, no warmth to speak of either. What were you smoking when you wrote the recipe Mr. Pugsley?

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Gorgeous 24oz brown pop top, foil-capped

Appearance: Beautiful dark walnut/cola colored beer with a dark cream cap of large bubbles which lasts well

Smell: HUGE chocolate notes, bready malt and biscuit, and notes of dark earth and minerality as this warms slightly

Taste: Tons of malt, alcohol, and a medium hop bitterness on the finish...lots of chocolate, dark fruit, alcohol, and a slight earthiness...the bitterness grows as this warms

Mouthfeel: Fairly full-bodied and tongue coating

Drinkability: Pretty decent

Conclusion: This is definitely an end of the night beer...the alcohol gets a little hot after a bit, but this is big, bold, and seductive, as a barleywine should be.

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Photo of Offa
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a fairly good barleywine, but not great, being slightly too alcoholic yet weak on character.

It looks pretty good, deep, dark red-brown with a medium tan head, creamy and steadily shrinking to a thin, creamy foamy top that lingers before slowly dissipating to a foamy ring. It leaves some foamy lace.

The aroma is nice, a good, fairly well-rounded barleywine and rather English in character. It has rich caramel, caramelised fruit and grain, citrus, candied oriange peel, burnt-caramelised orange peel, prunes, a light earthy leafiness, hints of chocolate/mocha.

The taste is similar, but less well-rounded, more bland and off-balanced. It is clearly a little overly alcoholic from the start, a but rummy with a little too much alcoholic heat that takes over near the finish and lingers a bit. This is not overpowering but it is a little too much and brings down drinkability a bit especially. It has some prune, candied orange peel, slightly burnt toast and grain, hint of dark rum, some faint chocolate. It is sweet with the alcohol and light bitterness taking over in the finish and lingering.

The feel is fairly good, somewhat full but neither oily nor particularly lively.

The flavour it has is pretty good and it is not one-dimensional, but the flaovurs are a bit thin and subdued while the alcoholic heat and bitterness are a bit too strong. It gets smoother but also more bland over time.

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Photo of Trappissed
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Hamilton's:

An interesting Barley Wine for sure. Tasted like figs, prunes, and raisins with a nice coffee-flavored kick. Not too alcoholic tasting, but just very odd. A great and enjoyable sipper that gives a fresh take on a style that I am still learning about.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.26/5  rDev -10.7%
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 WesWes
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark brown color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a complex malt aroma that leans more to the roasted/chocolate side. It dry with a light hop aroma. The taste is decent. It has a moderate burnt toffee flavor that goes down easy and finishes dry and warm with a nice hop character. The mouthfeel is decent as well. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a nice barleywine. I love the aroma and it's got pretty nice malt character. The Pugsley series is turning out to be the class of their lineup.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

05/03/09- Purchased at Mollie Stones in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bottle, assuming 2008 or '09 release, but no info on the bottle. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Deeper caramel colored pour. Fuller one inch head that sticks around for a bit and leaves a slight rim. Leaves very slight lacing behind.

Smell- Nice heavily roasted caramel scent. Fairly hoppy with a decent hit of alcohol.

Taste- Has an english taste, but it's overly hoppy per style and the malt base is too roasted. More of a dark chocolate flavor than milk with a burnt caramel flavor. ABV hits a lot harder than the 8.5% noted.

Mouthfeel- A bit overcarbonated per style and a pretty lasting bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability- Ate a full dinner and have quite a buzz after this one measley 8.5% beer. Feels like a 11% one. Feels much more like an american style B'wine than an english. Not bad by any means, just out of style. Still perfectly fine, tasty and quaffable.

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Photo of bilyboy65
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well i've enjoyed almost the entire bottle before doing my review. Take that for what you will.

The appearance is a dark redish brown with a nice 2 finger tan head. Leaves a flaky lacing on the glass. The scent is complicated and gets better as it gets warmer. Mostly fruity and not a lot of other wine like characteristics. Other barley wines have been very much like a wine. Didn't enjoy them so much. The flavor is mostly fruit as well, but there is some bitterness that bites the tongue. Its a full body beer that makes for drinking a bomber pretty easy.

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

Pours a nice, one finger, light tan head. Pretty deep, red and brown color, more like garnet. Nice lacing for a barelywine.Fruit cake with a good splash of mandarin and blood orange rinds in the aroma. Taste starts with some dark fruits. Plums, maraschino like black cherries, and some apricots. Rum cakey and dry peppermint hop spice. The alcohol is elusive, its there,jus behind the scenes. Helping the other flavors stand out. Good, smooth, dry sipper.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.47/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a snifter)

A- This beer has a deep dark brown-hued black body with a thick creamy tan head of foam on top. There are tiny bubbles that glide to the surface on the sides of the glass.

S- The aroma is complex with notes of caramel, roasted black malt and a small black coffee note. As the beer warms there are some pale malt notes and a finish that is good dark nougat.

T- Dark chocolatey malt flavors blends with dark roasted flavors and some soft licorice roast notes come through aswell. There are nice dark caramel malt flavors that are slightly sweet that pop through as the beer warms. The finish has a full bitter bite that is part black charred malt and part bitter hops.

M- This beer has a full mouthfeel with a creamy texture as long as the head last and a faint alcohol heat in the finish as the beer warms a good bit.

D- This beer is very smooth to drink but with nice complexity and new layers of flavor as the beer warms. This is a great English style barley wine that is big but shows depth aswell. I don't think I would age this one as it might lose some of its complexity.

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Photo of BeachRez
4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up from BevMo in LB for $6.99

This poured a medium carmel colored brown. Light head that left a light lacing in the glass.

The smell was mild.

Great tasting, low malty sweetness. Very balanced flavor that seems to try for style versus originality.
Very drinkable. No boozy aftertaste. This is something I would drink OFTEN.

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Photo of bbothen
3.66/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark cola like brown color with a big & frothy 2 finger deep light brown colored head. Nice head retention here. Lots sticky lace on glass. Looks real nice.

Smells of sweet caramalized malts, fruity, somewhat toasty, faint hoppiness.

Sweet, raisin, fruity, toasted grains, citric hop bitterness, some coffee/chocolate notes.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, creamy, thin for a barleywine.

Drinks nice and easy.

Not blown away by any means. Nice barleywne for the $6.99 price I paid.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured dark brown, nearly black, with mahogany edges and a thick tan head. Creamy looking. Thick, sticky lacing. Never seen a barleywine look like this; more like a cream stout or imperial porter. Earthy, wooden malt with a chunk of cocoa powder and hops in the nose. Equally creamy mouthfeel; very unexpected. Roasty malt, again earthy and wooden. The chocolate really comes through as it warms. There is a resiny bite, but it comes off more like part of a barrel-aged character. It was very nice, but the density and heft of the beer made it a bit unwieldly in terms of drinkability. I had wished someone was there to help me finish the bomber.

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

22oz. brown bomber with a full wrap-around label and thin gold foil covering the twist-off cap. It pours a nearly opaque, very dark brown with a 1/2" of tan creamy head. The head holds up well and leaves a sticky sheet of lace initially.

Sweet dark fruity malt greets the nose with a little dankness from the hops and an oaky note as well. Smells sweet, yet earthy.

Sweet fruit starts with grape, plum and malt complexity, then the hops kick in with some shapness to the tongue and some pungent bitterness. A little nut and oak pulling through from mid to finish. Fairly dry and bitter is the finish.

Mild carbonation with some fluff to the mouthfeel, a medium dose of alcohol and a medium full body add goodness to the drinkability of this brew. Not a bad English style BW at all...rather authentic and definetely worth a go.

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Photo of Bigfatbino
3.16/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A = dark in the glass. very little head which dissipated rather rapidly. nevertheless, nice rings were left in the glass as I drank it.

S = coffee-like, slight smell of alcohol

T = nice and bitter on the sides of the tongue, nutty undertones, but there was an astringent off taste I could not identify (not raw alcohol, but for lack of a proper description, I'd say it's kind of Nyquil-after-after taste). The off flavor gave way to a nice and lingering bitter aftertaste.

M = Surprisingly light on the tongue, not very bubbly.

D = Not bad, I quickly began feeling the effects of the 8.5% alcohol. Because of the off-taste I got, I would recommend one of 2 consumption options. 1 would be the "coors" method (serve C-O-L-D and chug), 2 would be served with a very heavy meat dish such as meatloaf and Mac'n'cheese or pot roast and potatos.

Comments: I did enjoy the rather fast onset of the beer buzz, but the off flavor was rather irritating, so after the first few pulls, I finished the brew quickly. I must say that the other qualities of the beer do warrant me trying this brew again in case I just got a bad bottle. (it does happen, even with fine brews).

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

Poured a deep brownish red with some tan foam and a nice amount of lace on the side of the glass. The smell was of roasted malts and a hint of coffee. The taste was very bitter for me and a style of a stout. The flavor was better as it got warmer. The taste of bitter hops, roasted malts, coffee and a hint of prune is what I could taste. But, for me, it was to bitter and that is what took away a lot of the different flavors. Wait for it to warm up, the flavor will be more complex.

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

A very dark mahogany color with a medium fuzzy coffee color head and good lacing. The aroma is a deep rich flowery malty coffee cocoa, more like a porter. Very nice though. The flavor is a smooth chocolate over a thin charcoal, much more like a very drinkable porter. It has a nice complexity with some peanut butter with some grape juice sweetness. Very likeable but no barleywine from my experience.

Update more than 2 years later:

A super dark black brown ale with a ring of light tan big bubbles on top. Good lacing follows. The aroma is deep rootbeer evergreen with bountiful molasses malt and fig/raisin. Thick and bountiful. And wow, what flavor. Again a thick melange of coffee malted milk with more dark fruits and a touch of spruce. Just a beautiful mouthful of deep blended grains and figs. This is medium to full bodied with a very smooth but somewhat resinous feel. Carbonation is minor but perfectly adequate for such a flavorful brew. Outstanding stuff that deserves a slow appreciation.

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Photo of Blakaeris
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark burnished copper with a modest creamy beige head that leaves slight lacing.

Aroma is very malty, toffee and brown sugar really stand out. Hops have an earthy, woody nature.

Taste is robust overall. The generous earthy and herbal hops are very green and offer a balancing bitterness to the slightly syrupy caramel malt sweetness and hints of dark fruit. Brown sugar and molasses, and an oak woodyness. Finish is clean, with lingering fusel alcohol burn.

Mouthfeel is medium-full. Slightly chewy initially, but the resinous hop oil then brings a slick feel.

Not too bad. Surprising amount of leafy hop, balanced with generous malty brown sugar sweetness.

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

Poured a nice dark coppery brown with bright ruby highlights and a long lasting dark brown head.

The smell had a bit of toffee sweetness mixing in with some fresh piney hops and alcohol notes.

The flavor was very strong with a big slightly sweet malty backbone with hints of cedar, toffee, brown sugar, and alcohol finishing with a long bitter juniper hoppyness along with a touch of mint.

The mouthfeel is thick and oily with a touch of warmth and a long resiny finish that lingers on for a while.

A pretty decent barelywine, with flavors bold enough that they even cover the flavors of the Ringwood yeast nicely.

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Photo of StrangeBrewer76
4.28/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a DFH snifter, very dark brown color. Large bubble light tan head quickly fades to a creamy ring with various sized bubbles and and an island of the same in the middle with a tiny bubble skin covering half of the rest of the surface. This is a very impressive looking barleywine to my eyes.

My first smell was musty oak and faint bourbon with something sweet, maybe vanilla in the background too.

There is a lot going on in the taste but it tastes balanced between caramel, chocolate, and roasted barley malts. The label says there are some hops in here but they must be used for bittering only because I don't really get any aroma or flavor. The finish is dry and a little cocoa-like.

The mouthfeel was at first a little sharp with the carbonation but a little warming and swirling later the body is right on, medium density and creamy on the tongue.

Drinkability with this one is a case in point of what drinkability really means. If it means could I have another someday? yes. Tonight? at 8.5 abv I really shouldn't. Can I finish this one without considering a drain pour? Absolutely. Do I wish I had 2-12oz bottles instead of this bomber? Yes.

Overall I really like this one, it bridges the divide between English and American barleywines. If I saw this one again I would probably grab one to have and one to lay down.

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

Pours a three finger light tan head that leaves a good lace. Almost black color some mahogany highlights. Slight malty nose. Light carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Flavor is some sweet maltiness but lacks the seriousness of a good barleywine, musty bitterness at finish. There are better barleywines like Southern Tier's Backburner. Pricey for Shipyard, $10.15 for a 22 oz bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

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Photo of saintwarrick
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark red, cola color with a thin but lacey white head. Aroma has some figs, plum and malted chocolate. Taste is chocolatey and smooth, some carbonation, a bit much for a barley win as the body is a bit thin for the style. The malts seem to be missing the mark for any type of barley wine. This brew isn't big enough to be a barley wine and resembles a stronger porter. Not much hop bitterness in the finish.

Not a bad brew to drink, but this brew misses the style pretty easily.

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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 252 ratings
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