Style: Barley Wine

ABV: 10.5 IBU: 30

96/100
Aroma: 12
Appearance: 3
Flavor: 19
Mouthfeel: 4

Dry Dock Brewing 2014 Bligh's Barleywine

What the brewers say

“Malty and complex, this big beer has a strong caramel backbone supporting oak and whiskey flavors with hints of dark fruits. The nose wafts of coconut, toffee, and a smooth hint of alcohol. This beer is ready to drink, but also ages with the best of them.”

What our panel thought

Aroma: “Malted milk balls! Big toffee and almost burnt-caramel notes. Slight vanilla character on the nose. Medium wood nose that is nutty with a heavy marshmallow sweetness accented by raisins, dates, and chocolate.”

Flavor: “Really nice caramel sweetness with some nutty character. The big booziness adds warmth and a nice body that brings vanilla, chocolate, and stone fruit to the forefront.”

Overall: “The barrel character is just superb and enhances beer while rounding and integrating all of the various flavor components. It’s a nicely balanced barley wine with thorough complexity. Time may mellow the alcohol harshness, but the sweetness will probably stick around, making it perfect for sharing.”

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