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RATINGS: 115   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
From label: 2011. Malty and complex, this big beer has a strong caramel backbone supporting oak and whiskey flavors with hints of dark fruits. The nose wafts coconut, toffee and a smooth hint of alcohol. The flavor and aroma merge, becoming one after a single sip. There is a touch of bitterness and it will age well. ----------------- Additional notes (not on label / from brewer): Dry Dock Brewery will only produce 120 cases of this beer. it will be released the first week of October. Bligh’s Barleywine Ale will be only the second seasonal beer that Dry Dock has bottled. Its first, Apricot Blonde, came out in June and will be off the shelves by the end of September. A third seasonal, Wee Heavy Scotch Ale, is slated for release on November 14. All are sold in 22-ounce bomber bottles.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - APR 3, 2014
[Bottle / 2011] Thanks, Mike. Nearly opaque, copper-y brown-ish body with not much of a head at all, barely even a thin beige ring forms at the edges. Aroma has some rich caramel candies up front with light whiskey, red licorice, toffee, & a bit of sherry-esque oxidation. Taste is full of caramel covered burnt toast, whiskey soaked dates & raisins, butterscotch, & a lingering, brown sugar finish. Booze is apparent, front to back; quite potent, a little menacing at times. Slight oxidation in the aftertaste, but nothing too off-putting. Thick, heavy, mouth coating body. A good barleywine, but nothing more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
umich03jm (3272) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - APR 2, 2014
2011 bottle thanks to mrebeks for sharing. Cloudy reddish-brown pour with very little head. Aromas are caramel, toffee, coconut, raisins, and sugary candy. Taste has a moderate to strong sweetness. Coconut and caramel is the strongest but there’s vanilla and raisins too. Tastes a tad oxidized. Thick body and a syrupy mouthfeel. Slight alcohol in the finish. Decent barley wine. Probably better a year or two ago.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pailhead (6249) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - MAR 29, 2014
Courtesy of mrebeks

Bottle: The aroma consists of caramel, toffee, grain, mint, coconut, and light bourbon. It pours a transparent orangish-brown with a minimal beige head. The flavor starts with caramel, toffee, and brown sugar. The finish has light coconut, vanilla, and a touch of bourbon. It’s medium-full bodied with mild carbonation and a somewhat sticky mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Concealer (1092) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 9, 2014
Tap at hops and pie. Hazy red amber with no head. Aromas of caramel, dark fruit, honey, whiskey, light vanilla and booze. Flavor is sweet caramel, plum, and honey, light vanilla and some warming whiskey on the end. Medium bodied, with a lingering dark fruit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RobertDale (4980) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - MAR 5, 2014
22 ounce shared bottle. Pours a cloudy reddish brown with a very small tan head. Aroma of malt, fruit, caramel, and whiskey. Taste is caramel malt, dark fruit, whiskey, and wood. On the sweet side. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ASak10 (56) - Colorado, USA - MAR 1, 2014
As others have said, very little carbonation and head, disappears immediately. No matter, it's amazing. Toffee and coconut, sweet aroma with a hint of the booze and barrel. Flavor is like the aroma, sweet with just a little bitterness right at the end. Sweet and boozy in the best way. Syrupy and sticky. A very very good BA barleywine, well done Dry Dock. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gription79 (2781) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - JAN 9, 2014
Poured from a 22 ounce bomber. There is a huge coconut aroma, bourbon, toffee, sugar. The flavor is toffee, bourbon, dried fruits, brown sugar, sweet coconut. This its not the prettiest beer, cloudy, no head, but still tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Daytonbeer (726) - Ohio, USA - DEC 16, 2013
Pours dirty, murky brown with no head. Aroma of bourbon, sugar, and booze. Taste is the same with dark fruit and feel of a port wine with whiskey taste. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hamilton23 (619) - Alpine, California, USA - DEC 13, 2013
Poured from 22oz bottle. Pours a murky brown dolor with no head at all. Aroma is coconut, toffee and bourbon. Taste follows with a lot of sweetness and a huge rye character. I liked it, but didn’t love it like most of my other BA barleywines.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AdamChandler (4189) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 18, 2013
Bomber, 2012 Vintage released October so this is just over a year old in the glass, and almost 2 years old from brew date. Enjoyed in a 20ounce stemmed glass at 55F

A - Pours an oaky bronze color out of the bottle. Murky brown to black in the glass.

S - Sweet, toffee like, cotton candy and whiskey booziness. Smells quite boozy.

T - Very similar to Firestone Walker Sucaba but much sweeter and much less balance. Lots of caramel, hints of coconut and licorice with cheap candy sweetness and bakers chocolate. A hint of Aunt Jemima syrup and some charred oak but not a lot. Just a bit of figs and cloves.

M - Completely flat, toffee sticky mouth feel on the swish

O - I probably won’t finish the bottle. It’s good but much too sweet for me.

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