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RATINGS: 104   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (10279) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 27, 2013
Brown pour, light tan head. Flavors of brown sugar, maple, honey, cane syrup, some light hops, oak, a hint of smoke. Nice.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbrana (577) - NASHVILLE, Tennessee, USA - JUN 9, 2013
Very sweet with strong flavors of caramel, bourbon, cookies, brown sugar, and raisins. Very rich and complex with minimal hop presence. Slightly less carbonated than I would like, but overall a really great barleywine.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Steve_0 (3346) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 31, 2013
Bottle at home. Pour is murky brownish-amber with little-to-no head. Big toffee, caramel, light coconut, a hint of vanilla, somewhat nutty, figs, raisins, and almonds in the aroma. Taste is big figs, dark fruits, with a touch of spice and coconut through the middle, with lighter notes of sweet caramel and brown sugar, ending with a light alcoholic bite on the backend. Slick mouthfeel with almost no carbonation. Not a bad barley wine, and isn’t overpowered by the barrel treatment, at all, but the fact that it barely has carbonation really hurts it IMO.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
budznsudz (581) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - MAR 30, 2013
Pours dark brown with no head. Aroma is figs, dark fruit, maple syrup, and caramel. Taste is caramel, vanilla, slight bourbon and oak, and a bouquet of figs, raisins, and prunes. Very mild to no carbonation, syrupy thick mouthfeel. Nice

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
XmnwildX12 (2079) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - MAR 22, 2013
Bottle from a great trader in CO. Nice amber color with not much head. Scent and aroma is a lot of caramel, finishes a tad harsh. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
ads135 (3357) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - MAR 9, 2013
This beer represents much of what I dislike about bad barleywines. As good as the style can be, if they become toffee and plum bombs, no amount of hops and alcohol will cover it up.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwalking05 (4202) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 7, 2013
Cloudy brown with a small off-white head. Aroma is bourbon, oak, furniture, brown sugar, caramel, pear, fig. Taste is of bourbon, oak vanilla, cardboard, toffee.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
travita (4415) - Frisco, Texas, USA - MAR 7, 2013
Bottle. The smell is toffee, fruits, rich, alcohol, wood, almond, and cake. The look is reddish color and has a light beige colored head. The taste is rich, alcohol, fruits, caramel, toffee, and wood.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Indra (2706) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - FEB 5, 2013
22oz. bottle, 2012 vintage. Incredibly fragrant aroma, with notes of toasted coconut, toffee, brown sugar, vanilla, whiskey, toasted bread, and dried fruit (dates), very complex and interesting. Thoroughly hazy amber-brown in color, with a sparse tan head. Flavor profile is malty, fruity, sweet and full of oak, vanilla, toffee and whiskeyish notes, some faint cherry and raisin, plenty of lingering dark sugars late, and finishing with a dash of bitterness and alcohol. Smooth, lightly syrupy mouthfeel, warming and low in effervescence, body is massive. Really indulgent stuff. Thanks to Scott!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
48FanInCali (815) - California, USA - FEB 4, 2013
2012 bottle. Enjoyed over the course of the Super Bowl. Very solid BABW. Very little short head. Nose of sweet malt, caramel, toffee, and maybe a touch of vanilla. Taste follows the nose with lots of toffee and sweetness (not cloying at all though). Fairly mild on the wood and booze. Amazing as a 10% abv. Dare I say "balanced". As typical much more enjoyable as it warms. Maybe just a tad thin.


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