Olde School Barleywine - Dogfish Head Brewery

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89
very good

2,264 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 2,264
Reviews: 996
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 13.1%
Wants: 206
Gots: 583 | 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 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

Photo of ToddGingerich
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Pawoto
3.1/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I like DFH, I like barley wines and I like big beers...so this should have been a slam dunk...but this was a miss for me. Nose is pure booze, up front the taste is all booze...i think there were some yummy flavors in there somewhere, but totally overpowered. I bought 4 and drank 1 so I'll see how the others do in the cellar for a couple of years.

Photo of MBee
3.64/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ZebraCakez
4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep golden amber color, small one finger head of light colored foam

S: Alcohol, with a fruity note buried in there somewhere.

T: Initially, it's all booze. If your a person who can't handle straight shots at the bar, don't bother. Find your way through the alcohol and your rewarded with a fantastic sweet fruity finish.

F: Light and well carbonated, a pleasant feel.

O: As with all of DFH's Caution Cap series, this is just a crazy strong, blown-up take on the style. Not the best barleywine on the market, but it's an absolute blast to drink. At 15%, it is not for the weak.... but if you like a brew that challenges you, this is totally worth a shot.

Photo of SamWN
5/5  rDev +25.9%

Photo of dataylor21
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of sirhc3034
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of ravenscraft
4/5  rDev +0.8%

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Olde School Barleywine from Dogfish Head Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 2,264 ratings.