gringo332 (565) - Richardson, Texas, USA - DEC 7, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a clear dark brown with a frothy off white head. Aroma of sweet dried fruits, figs, chocolate and nuts. Taste is sweet caramel, figs, dried fruits and a heavy malt profile that finishes with some roast malt bitterness and some alcohol. Overall this is a very good and interesting barley wine however it doesn’t fit the style.
BeerandBlues2 (10603) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 25, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 mL caged and corked bottle at home. Pours opaque dark brown with a moderate, creamy tan head, medium retention with excellent lacing. Aroma is dates and figs, toast and caramel malt, light roast and chocolate malt notes underneath with earthy hops and spicy/perfumey alcohol. Flavor is lightly sweet malt, candied dark alcohol soaked fruits, medium earthy and woody hops, medium hop bitterness and a slightly sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation with light alcohol warmth.
JaKeAFC (664) - ITALY - DEC 16, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
65 cl bottle, bb 12/2014. Very dark brown beer with a thick brown head. Aroma is a huge mixture of dark malts making their way into chocolate, dark bread, nutty and wooden notes, but not smokey. Then there’s a nive blend of UK hops. Alcohol is really noticeable, warming. A red wine attitude, quite complex but not excessively, reminds me of the Guinness Special Export, this fits well in the Stout cathegory rather than barley wine. Taste is well balances, nice sensation waves from malts and hops finish, moderately bitter. Body is full, carbonation is proper, mouthfilling, dry finish. I did like this one a lot and it’s good for winter.
slowrunner77 (6696) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 14, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
"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."
tonyte123 (7) - - AUG 24, 2014 does not count
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is the best part of this beer. I got a good whiff of chocolate and the malt backbone. However, the taste falls flat and the aftertaste has a decent amount of alcohol burn. Overall, not a balanced beer and is average at best.
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DuffMan (7616) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 21, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, shared with Robbie. Deep sienna hue, average light gold head. Sweet caramel, light kirsch, a tad boozy (even after 18 months), with a very astringent bitter finish.
Silvan7 (821) - Samarate, ITALY - JUN 30, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ home. Marrone, con riflessi rubino, leggermente velata. Schiuma beige poco fine a non molto persistente, molto più abbondante che nello stile. Aroma intenso, di cioccolato, caramello, luppolo aromatico erbaceo che ricorda l’ortica. Gusto secco all’ingresso, di cacao, mitigato dall’abboccato di caramello e melassa, seguito immediatamente da un amaro intrigante, erbaceo/floreale. Corpo pieno, poco carbonata, non molto calda. Non molto armonica ma piuttosto equilibrata, un pelo fuori stile.
rougeau13 (2136) - Richmond, Texas, USA - JUN 6, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark reddish brown with a light beige colored head. Aroma of caramel, grapes and other sweet dark fruits, chocolate, toast, and wood. Tastes sweet and fruity, toasty, and moderately bitter. Something isn’t quite right with the aftertaste, but other than that it’s not bad. Medium bodied with average carbonation.
Bulk_Carrier (2571) - Temporarily, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reviewed from notes.
The appearance was a very dark black/brown body with a small white head that dies within several seconds, body was too dark for any carbonation to be seen. Some light spotty lacing is left.
The smell had a roasted barley and chocolate come out pretty strong. Some malts and alcohol come out as the beer warms.
The taste had a roasted barley and chocolate come out fairly strong but some dark fruits come out in the taste as the beer warms. The aftertaste is a bit smoky.
The palate sat about a medium to heavy with a good carbonation felt.
Overall, its not bad, there seemed to be a lot of different flavors going on. I liked this and am pretty sure I’d have this again.
Kosmokrator (517) - ITALY - MAR 12, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2014 Limpido color mogano con sottile velo di schiuma beige mediamente persistente. Aroma intenso e dolce con sentori di toffee, frutta passita, lievito, torta e malto leggermente abbrustolito; gusto inizialmente dolciastro, caramellato e fruttato che evolve abbastanza in fretta verso un amarognolo discretamente luppolato con note tostate e di cacao. Corpo medio-abbondante, effervescenza gentile, struttura oleosa e parzialmente liquorosa, finale persistente. Buona!!
Stuedmaster (295) - Vista, California, USA - FEB 20, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is definitely a maritime beverage, has a salty sea flavor and aroma to it. Nice dark brown caramel pour with a slight off white head that leaves lacing. Aroma of toffee, caramel, toast, raisin, roast, chocolate cookies, nuts, salty sea, oak, basement, earth. Has a nice coffee thing going on, with some licorice or star anise lingering on the palate. There is even some plum and dark fruit as it warms, some brandy flavors. Full bodied, oily, sticky texture, soft carbonation, mellow finish. A nice variation of the style, almost a brown ale/stout/barley wine hybrid.