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Olde School Barleywine - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
89
very good

2,102 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 2,102
Reviews: 973
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 13.1%
Wants: 197
Gots: 503 | FT: 25
Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Brewery visit their website
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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4/5  rDev +0.8%

October 2nd, 2014

This bottle has been aged a year.

The sweet dates and figs fill the nostrils. Spice is evident as well. A slightly floral element appears in the background. Booze is here but it's restrained.

The sweetness of the malt shows upfront with notes of molasses -- the dates and figs quickly follow, bolstering the midpalate and transitioning to the sugarcane sweet backend. Booze, dark fruits and sweet wort finish off the beer. The finish is long -- the booze disappears surprisingly fast but the sweetness lingers forever. This beer has aged excellently; it is now extremely well integrated --the age has rounded the beer off.

This beer is dense and heavy on the palate. It is palate filling despite this and it costs the whole mouth. Carbonation is very light and is almost completely gone after drinking half.

A superb barley wine that has aged excellently. There is some oxidation late mid-palate that manifests as a metallic twang but it does not take away from the beer.

TallSaint, Oct 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

At Hops in the Hills this summer, I had the first pour off a fresh keg. WOW. I usually age these bottles but that fresh one was just off the charts of incredible.

yarnbomb, Oct 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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Mikeluzzjr, Sep 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2012. A honey colored hue on the pour, no head. Aroma is of sweet caramel vanilla woodsy essence, very fruity and yeast, some sweet alcohol esters as well. Taste is sweet caramel, honey and vanilla undertones, fruity, yeast and mild spiced hops, some dark intermingled fruit figs and dates. Palate is full flavored, creamy, smooth and nicely balanced wit good carbonation. The finish is a cornucopia of the aforementioned flavors and aromas, leaves a slight tongue numbing feeling from the alcohol, although it is well behaved. Aging seems to have mellowed it out, which I find enjoyable. Leaves a nice satisfyingly warm feeling. Overall a very good smooth and enjoyable brew.

Samp01, Sep 29, 2014
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3.85/5  rDev -3%

Bluescooter, Sep 27, 2014
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Olde School Barleywine from Dogfish Head Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 2,102 ratings.