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

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RATINGS: 291   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (11681) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 2, 2010
22oz bottle. Poured a very deep amber color, almost brown with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, nuts, chocolate, roast, and some smoke. Tastes of caramel, lighter dark fruits, nuts, chocolate, and roast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dogbrick (11654) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2010
Sample at the Barley Wine beer tasting at Blacklick Wine & Spirits on 01/14/10. The brew is a mostly clear dark brown color with red around the edges. Thick khaki head that recedes steadily, and sticky patches of lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel, and dark fruit. Medium to full body with flavors of caramel malt, ripe fruit, and hops. A bit of leather as well. The finish is roasted malt with a lingering fruit left behind. Decent overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (11251) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 16, 2012
A decent beer, brought in to the LCBO for a decent price of $8. Not what I expect from an English barleywine, very bitter finish, dark bodied, chocolate malts. Let’s see how my aged bottle from Maine holds up over the years.Above average carbonation. Good ingredients, but Not as drinkable as it could be.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (10883) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 27, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2008 Tasting at Brewtopia. First rating, hopefully my memory and notes will do it justice. Poured a cloudy amber color. Aroma hits with a great dose of floral hops and then the caramel, toffee and fruit hits home. The flavor is a great combination of some floral and spicy hops with some sweetness of caramel, sugar, and fruit. The bottles they were serving were very fresh and I had to agree with the Shipyard people that I spoke with that this will be amazing in a year or two.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kp (10883) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 8, 2009

Name: Pugsly Barleywine
Date: February 20, 2009
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting
Appearance: clear dark brown, wispy beige head
Aroma: sweet caramel malt aroma, touch of buttery sweetness melds well with the rich caramel, light fruityness
Flavor: sweet caramel flavor, touch of rich chocolate, nice fruityness, well balanced earthyness
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 14/20
Rating: 3.5/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **4

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (10663) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 25, 2008
Draft… Pours very dark with ruby highlights when held up to the sun. Creamy, fat-bubbled, off-white head. Incredible retention (wish I had that kind of staying power ;?)). Vinous, dark-roast aroma. Not really what I would consider a barleywine-like nose, but nice nonetheless. Medium-bodied with modest carbonation. Sweet caramel and chocolate with a dab of molasses and a puff of smoke. Bitter-sweet finish. Not many characteristics of a barleywine are offered here…probably why I really like it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
adnielsen (10490) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 13, 2011
Bottle @ home. Very deep, dark maroon appearance with a tan head that dissipates pretty quickly. Quite sweet, fruity, light wheaty, mild hoppy nose with hints of strawberries and some earthiness. Very sweet, full bodied, lightly red fruity, earthy hoppy, slightly wheaty, lightly boozy flavor. Sweet, fruity, earthy hoppy, slightly boozy finish. Mild yet fairly interesting barley wine. I enjoy the touch of wheat malts as it added a very unique flavor to the mix. I do think that it could use a little more aggressive hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KimJohansen (10423) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - JUN 27, 2009
Dark brown with red glimts and a medium beige head. Aroma had roasted malt,c aramel and plums. Flavour wass sweet and full bodied, caramel, plums and mild chocolate and breadish notes. Finished sweet and full. Found hints of hops in it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
slowrunner77 (10261) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 14, 2014
"i’m not sure why i was expecting more from Shipyard...maybe the shnazzy bottle, or the $7.99 price tag (mine was on sale for $6.99 - yeah me)...but I was. A signature or reserve series is supposed to represent your best, and if this is the best Shipyard has to offer, well... Pours a dark carmel tinged brown, almost as dark as a Porter, similar to Marin’s BW. The aroma is nice if not as complex as I’d hoped. Definitely sweet malt dominated, with some vanilla, caramel, and a touch of dark fruit in there as well. The taste was also sweet-leaning...like Alaskan’s but much much simpler, and therefore not nearly as appealing. Had some more vanilla, oak, raisin, sugary qualities, that while not completely unpleasing, were fairly boring for the style. Low-medium complexity. Slightly syrupy mouthfeel with more than expected carbonation (although still pretty low). Low head and lacing. I wanted to move on to a different beer by the end. Overall, an ok beer, maybe even above average, but for $7...a crappy Barleywine. Way better and/or cheaper options out there. Let’s see...$2.50 for an Old Horizontal or $7 for this. Hmmmmmm."

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
deyholla (10221) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 11, 2010
Bottle shared by Shane, thanks! Poured a near clear dark brown with a brown head that dissipated to the edges. Aroma was full of sweet grain, caramel and toffee with a slight sour note. Flavor was similar with sweet grains and caramel and an off fruit note.

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