Olde School Barleywine - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
89
very good

2,272 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 2,272
Reviews: 999
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 13.1%
Wants: 207
Gots: 586 | FT: 28
Brewed by:
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Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  15.04% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Bold, yet smooth! Fermented with dates and figs, this bone-crushing barleywine has a unique flavor.

85 IBU
ABV varies from 13-16%.

(Beer added by: UnionMade on 10-10-2002)
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Photo of weltywm
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Dark amber with about a finger of thick head. Lots of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Raisins and figs, spice, alcohol, some sort of "holiday" smell that reminds me of cookies. Sugarplums maybe?

Taste: Caramel, sugar, and molasses; red fruit - cherry and figs; a hint of bourbon or whiskey. A little bit of spice tying it all together.

Feel: Maybe a bit on the thin side, especially given the ABV, but it's smooth and very drinkable.

Overall: A good barleywine, and the addition of figs and dates is a nice touch. Would love to see how it ages, but for now, it's a nice one to sip on a winter evening.

Photo of JohnathanColeman
3.46/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DMZern
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Benjamin_Stewart
4.7/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Bottlefed1
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Ale-Be-Damned
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The first taste is first alcohol heavy with a gentle warming of my mouth, and throat upon swallowing. The feel is heavy and slightly syrupy. After the alcohol there is a presence of richer fruits like raisin and fig, some apple. This is definitely a sipper. I like it though, and have put some bottles in the cellar to rest. Cheers!

Photo of OrangeMen
4.56/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours a lighter amber, deep orangish hues, glistens. Half finger thick white to slightly off white head, soapy bubbly. Moderate lacing on sides of glass, but for most part fairly clean in the glass.
Aroma- Fermented fruits, figs, dates, apples, soaked in alcohol. Slight caramelized malt base, rich and decadent in aroma. Pungnant alcohol presence, but not overpowering and detracting.
Taste- Caramelized and alcohol soaked fruits, follows nose, sour apples, figs and dates. Sweet and warming alcohol notes, rich and decadent, molasses, brown sugar, syrupy sweet.
Feel- Full bodied, syrupy thick and chewy. Moderate carbonation fine for style.
Overall- This beer is very hot right now, but still very enjoyable. Alcohol almost creates a sourness in the fruit flavors, but the underlying malts and fruits blend perfectly together. Sugary sweet and syrupy, with lovely apples, figs, dates, raisins fermenting in it all. An obvious sipper, but lovely.

Photo of kynap55
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pearljam118
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Harvest06
4.46/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cjgiant
3.39/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

2014 bottle:
Lightly hazy light orange brown. Head is nice fluffy white, and stats well across the surface throughout the pour. Nose is a bit of light brown sugar, date and raisin, perhaps a hint of wood, but behind a shroud of alcohol.

Taste is unfortunately alcohol heavy as well. Their is alcohol soaked plum and raisin, some light brown sugar sweetness underneath. The depth seems lacking or obscured, the feel is hit and mildly effervescent.

Gonna have to let this age and retry to see if it mellows out a bit.

Photo of BreweryRun
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MaxPowers
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Bp123
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of leaversuch
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gear54
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap served in a snifter.

Look is great. Cloudy amber in color with a finger of thick head and light lace.

Very booze heavy in smell and taste. The dates and figs are present but almost totally over powered by the alcohol.

I almost feel like this beer was a big young. I will try this again, next time fr a bottle with a date.

Photo of Carpentiere
3.3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JMS1512
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of gwiedman1
3/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a good beer

Photo of tykechandler
3/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

too much booze. figs and dates are cool tho

Photo of Rothobinide
4.55/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kipp
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of msscott1973
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of thewilliamhart
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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Olde School Barleywine from Dogfish Head Brewery
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