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. alpar (160) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 16, 2012
This is the barleywine that all other barleywines will be compared to throughout my beer life. Amazing nose, oak, barrel char, fruits, bourbon, malt and sweet sweet nilla’. Good lawrd this taste amazing, way better than King Henry in my opinion. The taste follows the nose. Perfect viscosity and coating. Carbonation is spot on as well. Damn this is a fine beer. Steasy66 (1158) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 4, 2012
Deep garnet, little head. The nose is mostly booze, bit of toffee and dark fruit. Really sweet flavor, dark fruit, really amazing. One of the best barleywines I have ever had. zoucrew102 (2048) - - DEC 20, 2016
Bomber, 2016 vintage. Rich sweet caramel malt and dark fruit aroma with notes of whiskey, toffee, warming booze and a hint of coconut. Pours mahogany colored with a very thin tan head that has no retention or lacing. Starts with excellent caramel malt and dark fruit sweetness with a bit of toffee as well as rich, full body and smooth mouthfeel. Finishes impeccably smooth with whiskey and vanilla flavors with a nice amount of warming, comforting booze at the very end. Excellent barleywine for cold winter nights, however I’d happily drink this anytime. brew3crew (166) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 28, 2012
Carmel color body with no head. Smells sweet with a little burbon. Tastes is like caramel and bourbon. Grows on me alot. Great beer. Would love to see what happens with time
PhillyCraft (7709) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 21, 2012
Bottle, from Allen, thanks brah, shared with some bro’s after the Cantillon event. Poured a murky brown with mocha head and a dct bit of lacing. Aromas of cinnamon, coconut, bourbon, figs, oak, cherry and some more dark fruits. Slight smell of some cocoa once warmed. Taste is unbelievable, so rich and balanced for a barley. Notes of vanilla, cherry, dark choc, plum, spice, some whiskey heat in the finish. This beer was killer. Need to snag some more stuff from Dry Dock asap. Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - JAN 26, 2013
Aroma of sweet toffee, caramel, and vanilla. Pours brown and sticky. Tastes brown and sticky :) Great cherry-chocolate cordial, hard toffee, and sweet brown sugar. Not too many wood or chocolate notes, almost all sugars. Still this is a great barleywine and worth having a bottle. C1tySurfer83 (11) - - JUL 24, 2014
Bomber. Dark Amber with off white head. Heavy whiskey and oak notes with toffee aromas. Super chewy and rich. Residual sweetness with a wood hint. Bright, clean and well balanced. Great barley wine. Tybalt (212) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JAN 25, 2013
Aroma is sweet molasses, toffee, and alcohol. Flavor really sinks in with the molasses, a hint of rye, and very, very smooth, round finish. Super bold yet incredibly consistent....just warms you up inside! Salmoniform (1272) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - MAY 29, 2014
Poured from tap to snifter. Dark amber hue with off white head. Aroma is tobacco, prunes, caramel, roasted malt, raisins. Taste is sweet throughout with a nice bitterness following. Mouthfeel is is fantastic with a full body and moderate carbonation. Overall this is pretty epic.