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RATINGS: 42   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
This Dock Street Barley Wine has been lovingly hand bottled straight from the barrels and bottle-conditioned by our brewers. The carbonation was left intentionally low so you can taste how it did pulled right from the cask. Dock Street Barleywine Style Ale is brewed with the best of both American and English traditions in mind. We stuff so much malt into our mash-tun, it cant possibly hold any more. Its hopped in the kettle with copious amounts of Brewers Gold and English East Kent Golding hops, to a bracing 76 IBUs. Its massive maltiness and tremendous bitterness are partnered with the burn from its 10.5% ABV. All of these intense individual characteristics are married through extended aging at cellar temperatures. This very special batch of our immense ale has been tempered by 10 months of quiet aging in oak barrels that had previously been the home of Chadds Ford Pinot Noir wine. The result is a sensual synthesis of the worlds of beer, oak and wine. The aromatics leave the drinkers to believe that they are about to taste a port wine or brandy. The malt is the true star here, with the bitterness of the hops dying away to reveal flavors of coconut, caramel and rum. It all comes together with a slightly acidic and tannic woody finish. The initial hint of alcohol slowly fades into a warming burn.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (8557) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 7, 2012
Courtesy of beer rating maven hopdog, thanks Steve! Pours clear amber with thin tan head. The aroma is yummy with brown sugar, dates, prunes and some mild caramel notes followed by booze. The taste is similar with brown sugar coated prunes, raisins and cherries along with some rich malt sweetened pine hops off in the background. Yummy smooth stuff where all the age on it has done nothing adverse to the experience.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LIVEFAST (62) - Mount Misery, Valley Forge, - NOV 30, 2011
Ogre-sized bottle poured into Tired Hands stemware. Ruby/chestnut, light tan head. Nose is faint, consisting of mostly sweet caramel malts. Sweet caramel emerges for just a second before the tannic red wine takes over. A bit of acetone in the finish. Full bodied with spot on carb. Overal, quite dry and barrel dominent...the bottles I opened last year were much more balanced. Fresh batch please!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (11035) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 29, 2011
Black Friday tasting. Quite an interesting brew. All of the normal flavors in a BW you would expect then the mix of the pinot barrels and hops...quite unique and good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Macegan75 (841) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2011
Pours a dark brown to slight red. But with little headbut good mouth feel. Nose is malty but slight vanilla. First sip is malty goofiness with dry wine like feel. Complex flavors of oak, vanilla brown sugar. Finish is clean. Very good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
riversideAK (6260) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUN 10, 2011
Big barleywine aroma dark fruit, light fruit brown sugar jammy wine, some oak. Like the aroma. Pours amber hazt, nice creamy legs. Wood on top of toffee, apple caramel lots of wine vanilla tangy awesome balancew. Smooth light to medium carb. Solid stuff. I like this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - JUN 10, 2011
thanks riversideak! boozy caramel nose, dark mousey body. rich bourbon body, some apple. yummy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (3146) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2010
This pours auburn amber with a small but decent head. The barleywine smells smooth and sweet as it should, especially barrel-aged. There are pleasant berry notes. An excellently balanced carbonation makes this malty barleywine go down smooth with a slight, welcoming, warming finish. There are light woody earthy notes to round it off. Well done Philly! Love those pinot barrels from Chadds Ford.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 8, 2010
I initially had this on draft @ the brewpub Dec 2009, and subsequently have had it in bottles twice. Pours deep brown with a medium sized tan head. Aroma is on the sweet side with notes of chocolate, vanilla, and mild hops in the background. Chocolate hits the palate first, but is soon overwhelmed by oak. Chocolate and vanilla play a supporting role. Oak lingers on the palate more than anything else, with some mild chocolate hanging out as well. Alcohol warms a bit in the finish. Nice initial barrel release.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 6, 2010
(750ml bottle, courtesy of thirdeye11) Pours a cloudy amber body with a medium beige head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, roasted malt, cherry, char, and chocolate. Flavor of caramel malt, vinous, bread, rum raisins, vanilla, and light char.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 17, 2010
A decent offering, well worth the money and id possibly get it again. Just didnt knock my socks off.

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