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

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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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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one has a wonderful color, I'm always impressed with the color of barleywine's, it's a deep and bright amber with glowing red hues, small bubbles form a scattered and lacy tan colored head with decent retention and sticksa around a bit with only slight foam left-over.

The nose has some very soft aroma's, sublte malts give off dark sugar and caramel. The soft, buttery scent from the infamous wormwood yeast strain pops right out with Soft and mild chocolate, an herbal whiff in the back. slight fruits pop out later on. Overall, a very subtle aroma for the style but very nice.

My first impression was that this is a very light version of the style, the flavor's are balanced very well with a caramel maltiness, slick-buttery wormwood yeast, grains and earthiness, which I don't think runs amok at all in this case, with a very subtle herbal hop. The heat is very mellow and there arn't really any big flavor's popping out. Much like the aroma it's very soft and subtle. I like the big and bold flavor's of the English Barleywine, but this version is just a bit weak in the complexity department. This one really seems like a mild Barley wine ale overall. The feel is is a full boided with a medium-soft edge, very, very dry finish.

My fiance really liked this, but she doesn't care for the "heavy" Barleywine's and I do.

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

so shipyard has decided to jump into the special release market with a barleywine and imperial porter. So, how does this fair?

A - dark mahogany colored brew with a khaki head.

S - dark ripe fruit, caramel and an abv / ester note

T - roasted grains, burnt toffee, bakers chocolate, butter, slight abv note.

D - slightly distracting with the burnt / roasted notes.

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

I bought this and the Imperial Porter at Tully's in Wells for $10.50 each. This was the first one I tried, and thought the beer was pretty good. Served in a snifter, the beer was a dark red/brown color with a medium-sized, quickly dissipating, tan head. The aroma was predominately of dark fruit, with a little malt presence. The taste was cherry and raisin, malt first, then some hops. The label said a dry finish, and I would agree. I thought this was a good example of an English barleywine, and would drink it again.

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Pugsley's Signature Series: Barley Wine from Shipyard Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 253 ratings