Dock Street Barley Wine | Dock Street Brewery & Restaurant

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Dock Street Barley WineDock Street Barley Wine

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Dock Street Brewery & Restaurant
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by cassanoj on 01-14-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 21 |  Reviews: 11
Reviews by russpowell:
Photo of russpowell
4.76/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got this from jyoungsbcp, cheers Josh!

Pours a ruddy chestnut/brown with a pinky of tan head. Great lacing & not much head retention

S: Oakyness, leafy hops, dark fruit & a whiff of booze

T: Dark fruittyness, cherries plus persimmons up front, along with some vanilla. Dryness & jammyness assert themselves as this warms along, a long with pecan sweetness (praline-like). Finishes oaky, dry & fruitty

MF: Chewy, low/smooth carbonation, superior balance

Great drinkability, ABV is well disguised. Stellar offering worth seeking out!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
4.32/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours an amber-red color with a white head. The aroma is dark fruit (mainly cherries) with some caramel malt and alcohol. The flavor is cherries, alcohol, caramel, oak and vanilla. Low carbonation and medium mouthfeel. The barrel aging really added something to this beer.

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of kbuzz
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of BigPapiBrewingCo
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brown no carbonation into glass. This bad bad boy needs more time in the bottle.
Smells of earthy hops and barrel.
Tatse- Very dry. Sticky mouthfeel Sweet carmel and the oak , vanilla , red wine tannins lingering. somewhat astringant
I was really disappointed struggled threw the bottle.
THis beer will improve with some age easying the rough edges.
16.99 at the brewpub

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Photo of weeare138
4.09/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to josh...
Appears a hazy amber with a small white cap that quickly fades into a small, floating head. Spotty bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of vanilla, oak, brandy, ripe fruit, berries, and light cocoa.
Taste is a slight let down from the aromas with more of a port wine flavor coming through in the flavor with some bitter, earthy hops found in the finish.
Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, sticky, swet, with red wine lingering in the finish.

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Photo of grimey68
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheFightfan1
2.96/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. Pours a ruby color with just about no heading whaatsoever. Looks completely flat and blah. Slight white covering that kind of reminds me of scum covering a pond.

Smell is very malty with the slightest oak aroma. Nothing much.

Taste in which is more of a chew is very heavy.Thick malts and a hot booziness that burns the belly. This is almost undrinkable to be honest. Think of a thick gooey beer with no carbonation whatsoever.

Mouth is full bodied and no carbonation leaves a type of funk on the palate equivalent to dirt.

I don't know what went wrong here but this was just a mess of a beer. Dispite all of it's flaws for being above %10 alcohol it wasn't completely undrinkable

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Photo of cliftonsbiehl
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

Photo of nosavingsaccount
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Beeradelphia
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of cassanoj
3.89/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Raisin colored with a little baby head and not much lacing. Won't hold it against the beer, it being 10.5% abv and all.

Can definitely smell the Pinot Noir barrels they aged this in. Very pungent. The Pinot is dominant, but behind it lies raisins, malt, cherries, the barley.

Tastes like alcohol and barley. Not a very good job hiding the alcohol, but I don't think it worked out too bad in their favor. This is a Barleywine that did not want to be forgotten. Also taste a lot of farm flavors, corn, hay, a little grass. Behind all that, fruits like raisins and plums, some licorice. I think with all the powerful scents and flavors going on, Dock Street did a fairly amazing job of putting the whole thing together. That being said, I'd still love to age this bad boy and see how everything melds in a year or two.

Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy. A bit dry. Not a whole lot of carbonation.

With recent tastings of Bigfoot and Olde Gnarlywine under my belt, Dock Street's Barley Wine just isn't living up to the expectations. Solid enough, but nothing to ring home about.

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Photo of PorterThwarter
2/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of stakem
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Looking at the prior reviews, all of them are from a bottle and the most current review is from 2 years ago. I guess it is safe to assume this is a new batch.

Draft offering at the source, the brew appears a burnt copper to mahogany color with a thin white head. Some spotty lace clings to the glass as the cap fades. Some lighter yellow is seen around the edges.

The aroma contains notes of toffee, caramel and vanilla with some dark fruits almost like raisins and plenty of burnt sugars. The alcohol is evident but not distracting by any means. Pretty solid smelling without fault.

The taste is big with vanilla and toffee with dark fruity character before the onset of solvent alcohol and herbal hops. It is toasty and biscuit-like with grain into the finish contrasted with an earthy element and clingy hops mixing with solvent alcohol.

This is a medium to fuller bodied brew with a light level of carbonation. It is quite boozy and could use some time to mellow. I am surprised by how much the alcohol dominates the flavor as it warms up despite having plenty of malt character to integrate with.

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Photo of brentk56
2.98/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a chestnut brown color with a tan. tight-bubbled head that leaves some streaky lace on the side of the chalice

Smell: Caramel and a vinous character that is somewhere between the pinot noir barrels in which this was aged and balsamic vinegar

Taste: Caramel, up front, with a growing vinous character that turns sour by mid-palate; after the swallow, the sourness clashes with the oak, grape and caramel elements

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I am afraid this was an experiment gone wrong, as the vinegary sourness just doesn't work well with the barleywine sweetness and the grape barrel aging

Thanks, TheEpeeist, for the opportunity

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Photo of vfgccp
2.66/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Tar black body with just the faintest of edge of cola highlights. Light dusting of mocha head.

S - Thick blackstrap molasses. Edges of chocolate and reduced balsamic vinegar.

T - A lot of the nose comes through in the flavor profile. Black molasses, dark chocolate, tart prune, bitter greens, touch of vinegar. Surprisingly little booze.

M - Medium-light body, low carb, syrupy finish.

O - The vinegar and somewhat off-balance bitterness really hurt this brew.

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Photo of corby112
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is the Dock Street Barleywine that was aged for 10 months in Chadds Ford Pinot Noir oak wine barrels.

Pours a very dark and completely opaque chestnut brown color with deep dark golden caramel hues when held to a light source and a barely noticeable yellowish beige head that immediately disappears. I gave this a very aggressive pour and it's almost completely still with just a few bubbles floating on top.

Earthy and leathery malt aroma with lots of complexity in the nose. Hints of toffee and biscuit along side a lot of leathery caramel malt. There's also a prominent oak presence but it isn't too earthy with lots of sweet vanilla and alcohol notes. Only slightly tannic with a minimal vinous character. There's also slight chocolate and a prominent dark fruit character, especially dark cherry and grape.

Even though it appears still, the carbonation level is consistent with the style. Medium bodied with a very prominent earthy and leathery malt flavor along with a lot of sweet hot alcohol. The malt character is really intense with lots of toffee and caramel as well as some biscuit, toasted coconut and subtle chocolate. The oak presence is also very strong with a lot of earthy wooden tones. It's kind of a strange sensation to taste such a wood like flavor in a barrel aged beer. I find most of the time that the liquor used in the barrel tends to dominate the flavor but the opposite is true in the case of this beer. The sweet red wine presence is subtle and oak is much more powerful. Dark fruit notes are evident, especially grape, dark cherry, plum, fig and raisin. Sweet from the wine and strong alcohol content with lots of warmth in the finish. Overall, it's pretty complex but a bit too hot at this age.

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Photo of DIM
4.47/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A barleywine aged in Pinot Noir barrels? I have to try that.

a: This was a very dark, ruddy copper color. One of the darkest barleywines I've seen. It poured with a smallish, but long lasting tan colored head.

s: The aroma is wonderful, but not at all what I expected. There is alot going on here, but no one element overwhelms another. I found a unique and amazing balance of toffee, molasses, chocolate liqueur, and a subtle vinous aroma. The alcohol is very well hidden.

t: Again, this isn't at all what I expected. This is far from a grape-y pinot bomb. The Pinot Noir barrel affect is subtle yet profound. I've never tasted anything like this. The base barleywine is definitely English leaning. I tasted plums, toffee, and brown sugar. This pairs very well with the vinous, almost chocolatey flavors from the barrel. The finish had a hint of raw alcohol that I wouldn't quite call hot and some tannic oakiness.

m: This had a big, beefy body and gentle carbonation that worked very well for this one.

d: Thanks to the Sweidler's for this unique treat. I'm very glad I got to try this one.

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Photo of kscaldef
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +9%

Dock Street Barley Wine from Dock Street Brewery & Restaurant
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 21 ratings
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