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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Photo of liamt07
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the LCBO, 625ml into a tulip. Best before July 2013.

Dark brown with chestnut highlights. Mocha brown head, good density with solid lace/retention. Nose has a bit of chocolate, caramel and dark malts as well. A bit bready. Taste of dark toffee malts, dark fruits, light bitterness and a bit more chocolate and toasted malt character. Earthy with warmth. Light metallic at first, but this fades. Sweet but mildly drying finish. Full body, and alcohol comes across stronger than it should. Not bad, but not really that good either.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

625mL bottle from the LCBO's Shipyard Pugsley series release.

Poured into a Duvel goblet. I read the ingredients on the label description before, but even after knowing that chocolate malt was part of the mash, I was still blown away by the dark chestnut colour - certainly not typical for a barleywine. Good sized off-white head, that survives as a thick ring. Good lacing on this.

Nose is boozy with a good caramel maltiness, plum, bread crust, grape, some citrus and tea hops.

Similar tasting notes as in the nose. This brew is an interesting blend of American and English barleywine styles, with the chocolate malt adding a slight roastiness to the overall flavour. Booze cuts in at the end, which is sharp, but not overpowering. Nice warming feeling.

Good body on this, nicely carbonated, slightly creamy, but with the thickness of a barleywine.

Interesting take on the style.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BB July 2013

Very dark brown with ruby red hints, with a big beige head. Very good retention and lacing.

Nose contains dark fruit (date, plum, raisin), alcohol, caramel malt, toffee and some chocolate. Certainly malt focused. A woody scent as well.

Taste is similar to the nose. Quite malty, with caramel, a bit of chocolate and a bit of roast coming through. Some grassy hops provide bitterness to what would otherwise be quite sweet. Fruit is there but not as strong as in the nose.

A bit thin for a barleywine, though still full bodied. Moderate carbonation. Booze is a bit more present than I would expect for 8.5%.

Overall, fairly good. I doubt I would look to have it again, but a pretty decent beer.

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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 jmdrpi
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, no date.

nice dark brown color w/ garnet highlights. khaki tan head. good lacing and head retention. smells slightly sweet caramel, earthy hops, nutty. taste has a bitter hop bite underneath the rich malt flavor. a bit of chocolate, coffee, and toffee. medium to thick mouthfeel, works well. lower carbonation. drinks nice for the style.

overall - good, sort of a cross between an American and English style barleywine.

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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 BeerKangaroo
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a chalice:

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.

S: roasted barley and chocolate come out pretty strong. Some malts and alcohol come out as the beer warms.

T: 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.

M: medium to heavy with a good carbonation felt.

O: 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 Etan
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Spiegelau tulip.

A: Pours a very dark, blackish brown, with some reddish hues. Nice tan head with decent retention and lacing.

S: The different malts definitely come out in the aroma. Mushy sweet fig with a little bit of spiciness from the wheat is most prominent, with chocolate and roasted malt notes.

T: A harsh, acrid bitterness opens and closes the taste. In between some smooth dark fruit esters, chocolate, and roasted malts play around, followed by some pleasant grain and buttery malt notes, before fading back into astringent hop bitterness. Alcohol and the bitterness lingers after the finish.

M: Good carbonation and body.

O: Not bad, but the acrid bitterness in the taste obscures and distracts from the malt profile.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 4/2011 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a very dark red brown amber. Two finger head and lots of lacing. Aroma of malt and roasted malt; faint dark fruits. Taste is dominated by malt. Slight dark fruits and roasted malt, hint of sweet caramel. Dry moderate hop finish, pleasant. Medium bodied. Not a typical barley wine, but interesting and nice to drink. Worth trying again.

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Photo of budsboy
2.7/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Very dark. Not much of a head. Slight metallic aroma, little fruity and some toffee-coffee scents in there. Not a great flavor here. Drinkable, but somewhat disappointing. Nah, now that I take another sip, it's really not for me. Bitterness is vegetal, very little sweetness to balance it. Too thin for the style. This was a drain pour. I have limited experience with this style, but it isn't in the same class as Young's Old Nick. I'll cleanse with an Arrogant Bastard. I'll be fine, if a wee sad.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A little lighter than cola, initial light tan head diminishes to disk pretty quick. Some sudsy lace.

S - Light malt, reminiscent of a brown ale or porter. Clean and simple, but inviting.

T - Heavier on the palate, but not too much. Booze well hidden but slightly noticeable. Bittering is vague but does the trick.

M - Medium body, clean malty flavored finishes fairly neutral.

D - Pretty easy to drink. Not really challenging and the ABV is pretty well hidden.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The one inch dense, khaki head gradually drops, leaving light lacing over a rich, dark walnut clear beer with dark ruby highlights.

Opens with nuts and malt, followed by molasses and some raspberry. All are quite subtle and there is an absence of hop aromas.

There is a quick bite of bitterness immediately replaced by baker’s chocolate and spicy, almost caramelized, sugar. Raspberry comes out in a warm finish.

Medium body, smooth texture with prickly carbonation. Alcohol is present but not warming in this dry, almost dusty beer. There is a light, sticky residue left on the lips.

This barley wine is better with a meal. I consumed it from a Dogfish Head snifter after cellaring for about one year.

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Photo of FightingEntropy
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown opaque barleywine comes in at a medium 8.5%. Bubbles up nicely with a luscious tan head that falls to a lace. Dark fruit, fig and malt that has a solid hop earthiness. There's also a slight mineral aroma. Taste has a slight roasted malt and a strong hop bite. Dry finish balances the sweet, full fruity body. According to Shipyard, it's fermented with an English ale and it clearly has an English barleywine base, especially with the English hops Challenger and Fuggles. Sharp bite probably comes from the Summit hops. For me, the high hop seems to muddle the beer.

While the beer was a perfectly fine purchase from Happy Harry's in Grand Forks, the meld of the flavors doesn't blend well. Not unhappy with the beer, but won't be trying another one.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a short Corsendonk goblet.
Pours a dark woody mahogany color with a creamy inch and 1/2” fast-fading mocha head and some patchy lacing.
Smells of mashed figs and plums are upfront, with a whiff of sweet roasted malt. Light citrus notes slide in behind. A light whiff of Kahlua is noticed throughout.
The flavors, in Shipyard’s style are edgy and bright. Crisp flavors tart orange citrus, tobacco, peppery spice mingles with tastes of toffee, caramel malt, figs. A taste of amber rum rolls in late and hangs around.
This is a medium-bodied Barleywine with just a bit of oily slickness to the mouthfeel. It tastes a little stronger than the 8.5% ABV listed. Maybe it will keep folks (me) from pounding it down like a fool.

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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 Reagan1984
2.74/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Mtardiff for providing this as an extra in a recent trade. Haven’t had it and glad to try it.

Poured into my tulip glass and a couple fingers of fizzy light beige head form. This collapses to a ¼ inch cap fairly quickly… this sticks around for quite some time. Deep ruby/garnet color. No lace.

Aroma is a bit musty and pretty thick. Lots of malt and almost a cherry note. Some other dark fruits as well.

Begins nicely with some sweet caramel and malt flavors, it then heads towards some fruit and again reminds me of black cherry with some sweetness. At the end it falls off a little and ends somewhat flat. Fairly bold bitterness towards the end.

A powdery mouth feel with a fairly bold body. Thick on your tongue.

This has potential, but I am a little disappointed in the finish. Almost gritty and the grain seems to inhibit the flavor and impacts the mouth feel.
Still glad I tried it.

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

This bottle’s been sitting on the shelf at my local for a good long while — I’d say it’s a year old, at least. Enjoyed in a shaker pint.

More stout-like than barleywine, this stuff is thick and dark as maple syrup, with a major cloudy haze to match. A finger of dense, pillowy tan head goes nowhere, ever. It would stay all day if I let it.

Weird aroma. The stoutiness continues, in the form of chocolate and smoke, mixed with molasses, toffee and overripe oranges. Very sweet, very big.

There’s some return to normalcy in the flavor, as more oranges emerge. Hops are basically nil, as is bitterness. Cocoa powder and hints of smoke give way to a tangy blast of old citrus at the swallow. This may be in the odd middle stage of aging.

Zesty, light carbonation in a big, creamy medium body. Like I said, this is thick stuff, but there’s no hint of booze, which is impressive. Age has at least hidden that.

The dark, nearly roasted malts in Shipyard’s barleywine make it an interesting offshoot. At a year old, it’s developing interesting complexity. I might grab an extra bottle or two just to see what it does in another year.

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Photo of hdelavega
3.06/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured to a large tulip glass.
Pours a deep murky brown with a big four finger rocky khaki head.
Nice fruity aroma, Carmel, burnt brown sugar, some malt, some notes that remind me of red wine.
Taste is pretty mellow. Sugar, plum, sweet toasty malt, I get grape again.
Mouth feel is pretty thin, defiantly a light body, good carbonation for the style. I'm missing that silky stick feel.
Over all not to bad, but not that great. I'd try it if I saw it on tap but won't be seeking out another bottle.

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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 EgadBananas
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark mahogany brown. Head was very creamy and frothy. Sticks around, dissipating eventually to a nice frothy film.

Candied dark fruits, a bit of roast, chocolate. No real hop aroma, but I may have held onto this long enough to let the hops fade.

Lots of dark fruits, candied sugar, chocolate and roasted malts. No hops. I think I let this go too long.

Pretty full bodied and creamy. Finishes clean.

Ya know, this is a better barleywine than the scores lead on. Maybe one day I'll try it fresh and enjoy the hoppiness the label proclaims.

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Photo of jamescain
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a sniffer, thanks to StoneBrewFanatic for bring this one to the tasting

Appearance: Pours black with dark red hues on the side and a thick off white head about a finger thick that leaves a thin lacing over the top of the beer.

Aroma: Dark fruit, raisins, figs, roasted and bready notes, and caramel sweetness.

Taste: Roasted coffee, raisins, slight citrus with caramel, chocolate and a slightly boozy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a creamy mouthfeel and medium-low carbonation.

Overall: I enjoyed this one and kind of wish I had picked up one while I was in New Hampshire, I guess I'll have to next time I'm up there.

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Photo of Krakistophales
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark red with a large two finger white head that turns into a nice film up top

S: Lots of tropical fruit in the nose. Pineapple/peach/apricot with some hoppy undertones, with just a hint of caramel and other sweetness

T: At first, a nice blast of cherry and plum, with the middle changing into a slightly creamy taste, with the end being a dry, hoppy finish.

O: Not bad. This one doesn't break my list of favorite barleywines, but it's a fine ale.

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Photo of welldigger888
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a garnett hue opaque black with a nice tan fluffy head that disapated quickly, leaving a nice cascade of sticky lace.

Seems a bit muted, could be the english blend of pipe tobak I was enjoying earlier or the 2 year rest in the cellar. That said, I am getting some smooooth maltiness that is ripe with stone fruit and raisin some fruity like yeast esters and a note of fussel like alcahol.

I am going to say that having had this beer while young, 2 years in the cellar has made this smooth as mommas milk.The rough and tumble boozey edge has been mowed down to a smooth easy drinking barley wine. It will boogie woogie on your brain too!

Creamy sweet and smooth malty goodness in a bottle, grainy bitter and again creaminess with a nice stone fruit and yeasty fruitiness. Raisin breadiness with a touch of butter and a hint of strong dark coffee. The hop bill, for me, seems to have faded into a bittering only realm. Nicely bittered it is though. The alcohal is not at all in the way and very brandy like gut warmer.

While not my typical style, AMERICAN renditions, this is quite the quaffer.

This brew is nice and smooth, creamy and highly drinkable with said age on it. No rough spots and well done.

Glad to have a couple more aging in cellar, enjoy!

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Photo of asabreed
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into a Brooklyn tulip.

Appearance: Not an opaque black, but an opaque very dark brownish amber color. Nice raindrop lacing and good retention from the off-white head that dissipates maybe a little more quickly than I'd hoped.

Smell: More American than English, in my opinion, with citrus hops dominating here, versus fruit and brighter aromas. Wet hop spikiness is there too, along with some tobacco and mild leather and tar aromas.

Taste: Hops and very dark candied fruits dominate, with a lingering bitterness of citrus, especially grapefruit. Nicely balanced through and through. Some chocolate and slight coffee comes in and lingers also.

Mouthfeel: For a medium to heavy-bodied brew, there's a good creaminess to this by which I was fairly surprised by. Beyond pleasant.

Drinkability: I was surprised by this on the whole, because to me it's more of a hybrid style -- I would've guessed, from all the English versions, that this is pretty much distinctively an American version. Complex, not insanely alcoholic, and worth your time sipping. Nice job, Pugsley.

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Photo of Adrianized
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I believe this is a 2010 vintage, poured into a Stone RIS snifter.

Pours a rich very dark copper or mahogany, it's practically black though.  Nice one finger foamy tan head slowly settles to a thick layer with big bubbles.  Excellent lacing.

On the nose I get roasted malt, coffee liquor, and espresso.  Some prunes and dark fruit.  I also feel like I smell bourbon, but I don't believe this is barrel aged.  Smells great.

Taste is malty but incredibly balanced.  I get roasted malt and coffee up front, followed by dark chocolate, molasses, and dark fruit... Prunes and raisins.  Finish is crisp, a little dry, and moderately bitter from hops.  Very, very well balanced.

Mouthfeel is full bodied with good carbonation.  Drinks easily for a barleywine.

I held onto this one since last year, bought as a Signature Series pack.  This blurs the line for me for what a barleywine should be, but it was so damn good.  I was pleasantly surprised, I'll be buying this again for sure.

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