Dock Street Barrel Aged Barley Wine
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RATINGS: 42   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
This Dock Street Barley Wine has been lovingly hand bottled straight from the barrels and bottle-conditioned by our brewers. The carbonation was left intentionally low so you can taste how it did pulled right from the cask. Dock Street Barleywine Style Ale is brewed with the best of both American and English traditions in mind. We stuff so much malt into our mash-tun, it can’t possibly hold any more. It’s hopped in the kettle with copious amounts of Brewer’s Gold and English East Kent Golding hops, to a bracing 76 IBU’s. Its massive maltiness and tremendous bitterness are partnered with the burn from its 10.5% ABV. All of these intense individual characteristics are married through extended aging at cellar temperatures. This very special batch of our immense ale has been tempered by 10 months of quiet aging in oak barrels that had previously been the home of Chadds Ford Pinot Noir wine. The result is a sensual synthesis of the worlds of beer, oak and wine. The aromatics leave the drinkers to believe that they are about to taste a port wine or brandy. The malt is the true star here, with the bitterness of the hops dying away to reveal flavors of coconut, caramel and rum. It all comes together with a slightly acidic and tannic woody finish. The initial hint of alcohol slowly fades into a warming burn.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirdeye11 (6019) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 26, 2010
(750ml bottle via trade with jyoungsbcp) opaque rich brown with decent bubbles. Nose of raisin, honey, barrel, bourbon, sweet chocolate, alcohol and rum. Taste of alcohol, caramel, smoky, honey, raisins and toastiness. A little bit syrupy that hurts it in the finish and somewhat hot, but nice and complex overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 23, 2010
25.9 oz bottle. Hazy brown with lacy froth. Nose is caramel, red wine and raisin. Medium body, a bit buttery, with tiny prickles and an alcohol kick. Taste offers brief sweetness with toffee and plum preserves. Bitter vinous notes ensue with tobacco, pepper and wood. Finishes a bit like a brandy. Like two beers in one. Keeps me coming back for another sip.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheAlum (6900) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 22, 2010
750 ml bottle from TheEpeeist. Thanks, Chris. Unfortunately, the bottle was a little leaky and I was forced to open it pretty quickly. Still opened with a good hiss. Pours a murky dark brpown, near opaque, with a touch or red, deeper like muddy water, a decent layer of tannish head, dies to a ring, laces ok. Aromas are caramel and toffee, wet oak and vanilla tannins move into light bourbon spirits, toast, toffee, a touch of jam, sweet vanilla and a touch of cocoa. Nice. Initial is heavier end of medium, caramel and toffee mix with good vanilla tannins, sticky biscuits, bourbon spirit with a light warming booziness. Thicker sticky malts, toffee and biscuits, a touch of nuttiness, earth, light bitterness. Smooth and warming, nice flavors. A touch of oatmeal raisin cookies, brown sugar, sweeter chestnuts or pralines.. Hazelnuts? Not bad. A touch of diacetly I think, but nothing out of line. Warmth grows, light bitterness, nice barrel element that thinned out a bit. Pretty nice, and it did not suffer any ill effects from the minor leakage it appears. A tasty barrel aged barleywine, full on flavor, good barreling, perhaps a buttery element gets in the way a bit. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
blutt59 (6478) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 18, 2010
bottle, thanks to thirdeye11, amber brown in color with a malty maple aroma, flavors of sweet maple syrup, caramels , smoke, whiskey with a bitter finish

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (9709) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 14, 2010
Bottle from CAH. Pours deep brown w 1f ow head. Nose is huge scottish malt, tobacco, raisin, oaky spirits, prune. Tastes very scotch malty, earthy, very oaky and cognacy, with hops, prune, and fine tobaco notes, and a very rich, very complex palate. Oaky and spirity as hell, while maintaining a good balance. This one went great with a maduro Fuente cigar and a hunk of aged cheddar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mora2000 (6151) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUN 13, 2010
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (5218) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 11, 2010
bottle thanks to thirdeye11. poured a deep amber with a light cream head. nose is vanilla, hops, caramel, and wood. thick on the palate, flavors are vanilla, dried fruits, faint hops, caramel, and wood.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7914) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 11, 2010
Barrel aged bottle thanks to thirdeye11. Pours with a small off-white head and a hazy brown body. Aroma of honey, oak, dark fruits, maple, light spice and florals, vanilla. Taste is bitter, maple and vanilla. Big, thick and syrupy. Lively-ish bubbles.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopscotch (10557) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 4, 2010
Bottle… This beer rocks!… Murky brown ale with a small, creamy, off-white head. Great retention. An olfactory delight – caramel, brown sugar, praline, bourbon and oak. Full-bodied with a chewy mouthfeel and tender carbonation. The flavor is a terrific balance of caramel, roastiness and tannic bitterness. Finishes bittersweet with a very light acidic twang. World class bottle of beer courtesy of Beerlando!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 2, 2010
750ml bottle. The reddish-copper tinted body pours with a very light haze. A small, swirly, beige colored film sits at the surface. Sugary, randomly spotted lace dots the glass. Aromas are rich with luscious caramel and toffee, showing nutty and a little buttery, with a touch of cocoa also coming across in the malt base. Vanilla is prominent, imparting a bourbony overtone, while subtle hints of barrel twang creep in to complete the nose. Flavors are again based in buttery-rich toffee and caramel, showing very little fruit character from the wine barrel. Instead, it shows some boozy, bourbonesque vanilla notes with a little twang of acidity on back end. Medium-full in body, the palate seems a tad bit overly carbonated, as a zippy fizz and relatively dry finish indicate that the barrel bugs might have been doing a little too much eating. Still, it’s a pretty solid brew that I’d gladly enjoy again.

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