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Shipyard Barley Wine Style Ale (Pugsley’s Signature Series)

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RATINGS: 290   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Barley Wine Style Ale is a big beer made with six different malts (Pale Ale, Crystal, Caramunich, Wheat, Chocolate and Roasted Barley) and balanced with a very full hop charge of Summit, Challenger and Fuggles hops. It is a deep reddish brown color with a complex fruity nose, a very full body, and an interesting balance between grains and hops which ends with a pleasing dry taste. To fully enjoy all the flavors, this ale is best drunk at 55 degrees Fahrenheit. 8.5% alcohol by volume.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheGent (656) - , Massachusetts, USA - FEB 9, 2009
Was raved about by my local liquor store clerk so i picked it up. poured a brownish red that was darker int he glass with a thin head. smell was like molasses and taste was same but with a fruitiness like cantaloupe. finish was dry but had some alcohol tinge as well.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - FEB 8, 2009
22oz bottle. Very dark red, almost black, but some light was making it through. Some dark fruit aroma, but it was a little modest for a barley wine. A little bitter hop bite, and some more dark fruits, a little thin, would like to see a bit more out of this.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 5, 2009
22oz bottle from BevMo Mission Valley. Pours a clear deep brown color with a beige head that left little lacing. Nose was very weak, light hops, candied fruits and caramel. Flavor was lightly boozy with hop bitterness and metallic undertones. No bueno.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 4, 2009
Poured a clear brown color with a touch of red and off-white head. Sweet candy aroma with a not so nice dirty smell. The flavor was sweet and thankfully short. Pine hops and more dirtiness. Semi-sweet bitter finish. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 3, 2009
Bottle shared by JoeMcPhee. Deep amber diminishing fizzy head. Aroma is Diacetyl butterscotch with toffee, phenolic plasticy crap and some sharp dark harsh crystal malts. Caramel flavor with dried candied fruits- figs and dates, some prune as well- turns into a slight salty oxidation with some sharp dark stwed malts with more phenol and plastic junk and a slick diacetyl finish. Ugh.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
beerbill (3576) - Laurel, New York, USA - FEB 1, 2009
Bottle shared by JoeMcPhee. Pours a clear dark brown with a thin head. Underwhelming aroma of caramel, molasses and an odd earthy smell I’d rather not try too hard to identify. The flavor is in a word, harsh, with strong alcohol mixed with caramel and brown sugar. Bitter, astringent finish. This beer really explores the bottom range of what a barley wine can be.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 31, 2009
Deep brown beer with a thin white head. Aroma is a strange mix of sweet caramel, brown malt and wet dog. Salty and quite bland without any real hoppy flavour. Boozy with a touch of toast. A touch of dry cocoa but nothing really comes together. Really shitty barley wine.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
badgerben (4682) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 30, 2009
MN Ratebeer Winter Gathering, January 10, 2009. Courtesy of Skyview. Black color with a thin head. Grainy aroma. More strong grains for the flavor. Finishes very soy saucy. Blah.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BrewCzar (108) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 28, 2009
I would not consider this beer a barley wine, but I don’t know what the correct classification would be. Scotch ale or strong ale, maybe? Rating it as a barley wine. Deep red/mahogany color. Barley aromas with hints of caramel.Taste is grainy, earthy, semi-sweet. Simple flavors. good alcohol burn.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChainGangGuy (4602) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 26, 2009
Appearance: Pours a clear, reddish-brown body with a thin, bubbly, off-white head. Smell: Aroma smelling of toasted bread crusts casually dipped in ghee with notes of caramelized grains, berries, and earthy hops. Taste: Dark caramel and pale maltiness with a minor taste of toasted grain husks and overall medium sweetness. Surprisingly, there’s only a mild buttery taste considering this is a Shipyard product. Light berry, maybe even cherry fruitiness. Earthy, spicy, faintly citrusy hops with a medium-high bitterness. Pinch of ground barley husks in the bittersweet finish. Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Drinkability: It just never comes together to leave me saying "man, that was some barleywine!" I’ll politely say it’s an acceptable barleywine. Don’t wanna start the new week being a Grouch Bug, y’know.

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