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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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fonefan (37073) - VestJylland, DENMARK - SEP 18, 2012

Bottle 22fl.oz.

Hazy matt medium to dark red brown colour with a small, frothy - fizzy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, chocolate, wood, bourbon, laber larver (candy), moderate hoppy, light alcohol. Flavour is ´heavy sweet and moderate to heavy bitter with a long duration, sweet caramel, bourbon, laber larber, coconut. Body is medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat, finish feel is moderate alcoholic. [20120812]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
oh6gdx (21383) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 12, 2012
Bottled@chriso (thanks forgetfu). Amber colour, mediumsized small beige head. Aroma is sweet malts, some hops, alcohol and riped fruits. Flavour is ripe fruits, toffee, vanilla, hops, alcohol and some nice fudge sweetness. Lovely balance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Oakes (13068) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 19, 2014
Amber brown, pretty intense whiskey and chewy caramel/toffee aroma. Rich brew. Sweet with a little woody barrel snap. Syrupy richness but the malts are well-developed. Everything is clean, rounded and balanced. If all barley wines were like this I’d drink a lot more barley wine. Utopias fans would dig this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (12668) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 3, 2015
Bottle shared during the RBWG 2015 Grand Tasting. Pours clear amber with a foamy off-white head. Sugary sweet with lots of caramel, bready malts, toffee. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Warming finish, sticky, with lots of gooey ripe fruits and further caramel. Tasty though not especially nuanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (10462) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 11, 2011
Bomber poured a cloudy reddish brown with a lingering ring of tan foam. Aromas of whiskey, vanilla, toffee, carmel, oak and dried fruit. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a warming finish. Flavors of whiskey, toffee, carmel, vanilla, dried fruit and light oak with a smooth warming lingering toffee finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (10393) - Hanover, Maryland, 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 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (9797) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adnielsen (9629) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 13, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2012 Bottle shared with Steve and co. Amber orangish appearance with an off white head. Pretty rich toffee, caramel, toffee, vanilla, whiskey aroma that’s very delicious. Rich caramel malty, toffee, Stranahan’s whiskey, vanilla, oaky, delicious, dessert-like flavor. Fairly low carbonation. Great beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
crossovert (8352) - Illinois, USA - FEB 19, 2012
650ml bottle. It is a gusher for some reason. It pours murky brown with reddish hues and a fizzy tannish white head.. The smell is nice. There is a fruitiness running through it that is beautiful and reminds me of J.W. Lees. The oak and bourbon scents are also there, not overpowering, which I like. The alcohol is there, adding a perfume that melds with the bourbon. The flavor is pretty good. A lot of flavors combine for a luscious flavor. Nothing seems overpowering. There is a nice combo of vanilla, caramel, and bourbon that really seems to be the backbone. There is also a hint of bitterness and a big hit of dark fruits. This one is a bit cloying and hot at times but overall a great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gnoff (8051) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - OCT 11, 2012
UPDATED: APR 14, 2014 First rating
Sampled at Rackhouse Pub, Denver CO, on October 10, 2012, during the event Colorado Rare Beer Tasting
Clear dark copper color, very small head. Sweet, raisin, cinnamon scent. Raisin, sweet, alcohol taste. Vanilla aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel, low bitterness. Warming alcohol.

Draught at the Rackhouse Pub in Denver, on April 3, 2014.
Clear dark copper red to brown color, smallish brown head. Sweet, clean, malty, alcohol scent. Raisin, ash, malty, sweet, a bit cloying taste. Fizzy mouthfeel, low bitterness.

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