Dry Dock Brew­ing 2014 Bligh’s Bar­ley­wine

Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine - - Tasted -

LOC: Aurora, Colorado ABV: 10.5% | IBUS: 30 | SRM: N/A

What the brewer says

“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.”

AROMA: 12 AP­PEAR­ANCE: 3 FLA­VOR: 19 MOUTH­FEEL: 4 OVER­ALL: 10

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