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RATINGS: 104   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - SEP 11, 2013
Bottle from 2012:   Deep caramel, thin frothy tannish head, spotty lacing.   Certainly looks to be of some age.   Big sweet toffee and caramel nose.   Otherwise graham cracker, with a hint of whiskey and coconut.   Up front its a smooth caramel malt backing, strong, warming with some whiskey notes bringing up the backside.   Brown sugar and caramel, light coconut that I got on the nose.   Graham cracker is also present.   Smooth, but not too coating, body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Big caramel finish, a little musty, but at least this one was English all the way.   Tasty!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
peteinSD (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 7, 2013
’12 bottle. Rusty caramel pour with a scattering of off-white foam. Aroma is decadent raisin and date with clean, dry whiskey and vanilla. Taste is clean whiskey with oak and vanilla followed by raisin and dark fruit with some hop bitterness in the finish. Smooth and coating. Good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sonnycheeba (4281) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 6, 2013
Bottle shared by beerandblues2. Pours murky brown with a caramel tint and creamy, light beige head. Aroma is caramel malts, dates, vanilla, oak, floral notes, light spice, and faint booze. Flavor is sweet bready malts, some caramel, woody notes, faint bourbon, and some dark fruit notes; dry finish with some lingering sweetness. Full body and low carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (10830) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 6, 2013
Bottle from Kevin. Pours hazy brown with a small, frothy light tan head, short retention with spare lacing. Aroma is vanilla, whiskey, oak, plum, figs, brown sugar, cookie and caramel malt, earthy and spicy hops. Flavor is whiskey, oak, vanilla, caramelized malt, light hops and medium bitterness, dark fruits and a sweet finish. Full body and light carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (7600) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 2, 2013
22 oz. bottle shared by bsuedekum- thanks again, Blake! Pours a cloudy amber color with some small beige bubbles, but really no head. Aroma of cake, cookies, brown sugar, dates, raisins, toffee, and plenty of bourbon booze. The flavor is equally boozy, with bourbon, dates, caramel, brown sugar- kind of like the bourbon-soaked holiday bread my neighbors used to make for my family. Medium-bodied, with low carbonation and a sweet, coating mouthfeel. Pretty good, but could stand some carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JPDurden24 (1661) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - AUG 19, 2013
Brown pour with lots of sweet flavors, dark fruit, some smoke and a little booziness. Good!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drowland (7055) - Georgia, USA - JUL 16, 2013
6/29/13. 22oz bottle shared by nulledge at the epic BA barleywine tasting. Amber pour with a small khaki head. Decent aroma of barrel, vanilla, oak, caramel, and some brown sugar. Flavor is lightly sweet, maybe a touch heavy on the barrel, some booze, vanilla, and sugars. Didn’t blow me away.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rxeight (1937) - Illinois, USA - JUL 13, 2013
Excellent ba barleywine. Incredibly smooth. Bourbon is very light, doesnt have that back end bite, but makes it smooth and drinkable. Slight dark fruit. One of the best ba barleywines ive had.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheEpeeist (3557) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 6, 2013
22 oz bottle, 2012. Deep, clear garnet brown with a beige haze. Nose is caramel, buttered rum and bourbon banana. Hints of dark fruit and candied citrus. Drool. After the first sip i realize this could be tough to finish before the end of the Phil’s game (win!). Hot and sticky with building alcohol. Taste is caramel, vanilla and raisin that fades into bourbon and musty wood. I wish this tasted half as awesome as it smells. Maybe with some age if i get another bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (7511) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 1, 2013
This 22oz bomber is courtesy of Doodler, thanks man! It pours with a clear copper body that supports a thin tan head. The aroma offers up raisins and prunes and brown sugar mixed with mild smooth bourbon notes. The taste is pretty darn smooth with prunes and raisin fruity esters sliding into firm levels of bourbon notes. At first it seems far too barrel forward but after a few ounces the balance with the beer notes came around and made for a more enjoyable experience.

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