jcwattsrugger (12420) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - AUG 24, 2012
@Emporium-on tap-pours very dark copper with a cascading tight foamy tan head and heavy lacing. Aroma is medium malt with some sweet, spice. Taste follows. Not what I would consider in the barleywine style box. Sammy (12204) - 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. Pinball (12150) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 30, 2009
clear amber, small light brown head.
aroma of stale hops, and malty sweetness, old beer notes.
flavor is caramel, malt, sweetness, bitterness, his barley have a nice flavor indeed, not hoppy as such, but gracefully aged beer of great quality. sweet and bitter blends well slowrunner77 (12044) - 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." deyholla (11604) - 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.
hopscotch (11101) - 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. daknole (11049) - 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. kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 8, 2009
DocLock (10683) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 14, 2009
Name: Pugsly Barleywine
Date: February 20, 2009
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
Bottle from Total Wine. Pours deep brownish with 1-finger off-khaki head. Nose is malty, oaky, with cherry, feety Simcow hops, fine tobacco, prunes. Tastes dsrk malty, with figgy fruit, dark choc, rauchy cacao notes, heavy hops, nuts, and oaky bourbon. Gets rauchier late, and comes off more imperial stouty than barleywiney as it warms up. A unique barleywine, like mixing half and half chocolate impy stout with a fruity, very hoppy barleywine. cubs (10635) - 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.