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Olde School Barleywine - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
89
very good

2,013 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 2,013
Reviews: 966
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 13.13%
Wants: 176
Gots: 478 | FT: 21
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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Virginia

3/5  rDev -24.2%

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Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1%

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MikesnoHSL

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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LambicPentameter

Kansas

3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewing from notes after drinking on 4/19/14. Enjoyed out of a 12 oz brown bottle with a bottling date of 10/9/13, so this one is sitting right about at six months of age. Poured into a large 22 oz snifter glass.

Appearance - Pours a rich carmine red with vermilion highlights and darker notes of brick where the one finger of khaki foam shades the body from the light source with small, tight bubbles save for a few smatterings of larger bubbles resulting from the froth of the pour. Retention is moderate to slight, with the head slinking away to leave a film of head and a thick ringlet around the edge of the glass. No lacing to speak of.

Smell - Woo, the time this one has sat certainly hasn't done much to the booziness, unless this beer started out as a ethanol bomb. Admittedly, the sweetness from the malt and figs is seemingly working to draw out more of the characteristics of the alcohol. With some time and warmth, the aroma calms down a bit to reveal notes of caramel and molasses as well as candied fig and medium fruits. There are also some hints at hoppy bitterness, but really the malt dominates the smell.

Taste - Similar to the aroma, the ABV is not hidden in the slightest--you taste every bit of the 15%, but oddly it works well with the sweetness from the malt and figs. There is some definite heat to the taste--and no I don't mean spicy heat. The finish has notes of bitterness where I didn't get it before. That's the first sign of the hoppiness that one might expect from a beer that styles itself "American" barleywine. Really, the booze far too overt in this beer for it to be one that I really latch onto.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with a certain thickness to it, almost viscous, along with low carbonation and a burn in the chest after you swallow, like you might expect from a distilled liquor.

Overall, a good enough beer, but one that clearly needs some age to be enjoyable. I'd heard this one was hot if you drink it fresh, and based on my experience at six months, I'd have a hard time disagreeing. I wish I had another bottle to sit on a bit longer and see how it was drinking after a year, but for the time being, it's a decent beer. I'd also change the classification, only because the figs add a sweetness that reminded me more of the English style than the super hoppy, bitter American style.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2014 06:33:38 | More by LambicPentameter
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North Carolina

5/5  rDev +26.3%

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Iowa

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3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

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Pennsylvania

4.65/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A. almost no head, cloudy, a deep red mahogany in color
S. very boozy, the figs and dates definitely come though as well as a nice sweetness
T. sweet on the front end and the booze kick you later on. can taste some carmel malts as well as some dark fruit flavor, and a very slight bitterness.
M. thick syrupy, light on the carbonation
O. its a huge barleywine, big on the booze and everything else. At 15% its definitely one that good to sip on after diner, wouldnt want many more than that.

Serving type: bottle

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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New Jersey

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Olde School Barleywine from Dogfish Head Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 2,013 ratings.