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Olde School Barleywine - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
89
very good

2,387 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 2,387
Reviews: 1,024
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 12.85%
Wants: 224
Gots: 665 | FT: 38
Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Brewery visit their website
Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  15.04% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: UnionMade on 10-10-2002

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

85 IBU
ABV varies from 13-16%.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,387 | Reviews: 1,024
Photo of K-Dog
4.48/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the 2013 version, can't find a bottle date but about a year and a half of age to it. The smell is incredible. Can hardly taste the 15 percent alcohol but it hits you pretty fast and hard. The aging has done wonders to this beer. Definitely a sipper.

Photo of therubicon
3.64/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bishopdc0
4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of devin305
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bunuelian
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rutager
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers Ben!!! Unique, sweet fruity, some citrus. Great stuff.

Photo of AdmiralOzone
4.73/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Sanderson
4.34/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ScottP
4.07/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jmc181
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Unique. Super strong! Very flavorful, with a syrup-like thick consistency. Its flavors linger in the mouth long after swallowing. Beautiful orangey-copper in the glass, with virtually no head, but a satisfying carbonation.

Photo of unklemike
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 31Sam13
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of justjonas
3.64/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gorf_Minor
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - orange hue, poured wine like, slight carbonation at the end, thin head

Aroma - fruity, tad bit of maltiness, wine like smell

Mouthfeel - soft mouthfeel with full body. Strong Alcohol smell and feel after first drink

Taste - strong tongue burn on first sip. Sweet malt, grape must, wine-like burn on the back end. Def boozy. I can def taste that 15%.

Photo of jharmon
4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wamba
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of MSEGUIN
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Miller9410
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of arizcards
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single at TW Camelback in late November for $5.49. This is a 2014 edition but not sure what the bottling date is.

Beer poured an orangish-brown with a nice thin head upon the initial pour.

Nose starts with the barleywine trademark dark fruits. But there is a strange alcohol presence that is a bit off.

Taste is dark fruits with a dry hop finish. Alcohol is too warming.

Mouthfeel is full and very smooth.

Overall not a bad beer but definitely one that would improve with age. Unfortunately I was only able to track down one bottle.

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

Photo of paresis
4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dicers
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

I really enjoy DFH and I thought that a barleywine by them would be pretty good.

A - Deep orange color. Pours thick that is slightly opaque. Big white head with good lacing.

S - Strong malt character with alcohol, some hops, and some dark fruits thrown in the mix. Definitely a barleywine that is malt forward and has the muchness that you would expect from the 15% ABV tag.

T - Initially it is complex with mostly the rich malt character holding true, then the alcohol along with some light citrus, herbal hops and then fruity yeast character. There is a boozy character to this beer but with the strong caramel/malt sweetness it is tolerable. The complex fruit is a nice flavor to help balance out the rich malt. There is only a slight hop bitterness but this beer is definitely malty sweet.

M - Huge mouth-feel with higher carbonation. It is heavy on the palate and the high carbonation really tries to bring all of the flavors alive on the tongue. I think it was very good but with the alcohol heat I'm sure that age is the key to this "Olde School" brew.

Overall, a very good representation of the style. I really enjoyed what this beer had to offer but the boozy character and high mouth-feel isn't what I would prefer to drink everyday. It has everything that you would want in an American Barleywine and if you haven't tried one and can tolerate the burn then this would be a great one to try.

Glass- Snifter

Photo of mve102
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Olde School Barleywine from Dogfish Head Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 2,387 ratings.