cubs (10745) - 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! prosper0 (15) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 11, 2011
So far I’ve been impressed with a lot of Dry Dock’s beers so I had to try the Barleywine (BA Barleywine is one of my fav styles)...
It didn’t disappoint. Pours a hazy deep mahogany with a tan head, carbonation was spot on for a barleywine.
The aroma was sweet like caramel with a hint of vanilla, coconut and toffee, and had really nice whiskey notes that weren’t overwhelming but complementary... one of the reason I love BA Barleys. Overall a perfect balance of aromas, without any dominating.
The taste is just as amazing and well-balanced. The sweet maple and caramel flavors along with some dark fruit are on the forefront coupled with the complexity of the whiskey and gentleness of the oak. So good, so sweet.
Mouthfeel is so right for this beer, not too heavy, not too light. While it’s loaded with flavor and a medium-thick mouthfeel, the beer doesn’t seem difficult to drink!
Great beer... probably the top of my BA Barleywine list.... already purchased another couple bottles.
Side note: This beer was aged in Stranahan’s Whiskey Barrels, so it’s not bourbon your tasting, it’s single-malt whiskey made in Colorado, not Kentucky. sherm1016 (1274) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 10, 2011
22oz bottle, courtesy of and split with ablackshear. Thanks! Pours a reddish-brown color with little to no head. Aroma is bourbon, vanilla, oak. Medium on the palate with light carbonation. Flavor is sweet, malty, nutty, toffee, bourbon, with a sharp, bourbon finish. Excellent. Ratman197 (15866) - 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. arminjewell (9745) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 5, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2012 On tap at Rackhouse Rare beer tasting 2011, had it side by side with the regular Bligh’s barleywine. While the regular was hot, this one was more balanced (somehow) and the heat was more expected with a Stranahans treatment. Orange pour with white head, aroma brought notes of vanilla, toffee, whiskey notes with some earth, dark fruit and caramel as well. Taste was nice but big, notes of toffee, caramel, and dark fruits blended with the vanilla and whiskey flavors well, touch of oak dried it out with a earthy bitter and dry finish.