Olde School Barleywine - Dogfish Head Brewery
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Reviews by Bfarr:
4.28/5 rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Clear, light mahogany with a thin tan head with little retention or lacing. Light floral and fruit sweetness and honey (hmm, do you think this will be sweet?). I wrote down "uber sweet", pineapple an caramel with a hint of barley and ranier cherry with a sweet alcohol finish. There is some unpleasant and unwelcome bitterness as the beer warmed up (almost room temp because it wasn't very chilled to begin with). A big tingly mouthcoating and silky consistency and shocking little syrup feel despite the sweetness.
Even though this has a huge ABV, the warming sensation was minimal with it mostly being in the taste. The bitterness in the end was unfortunate but this is still a sweet tooth beer which I look forward to having again sometime.
Serving type: bottle
08-19-2010 20:48:55 | More by Bfarr
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2.9/5 rDev -26.8%
look: 5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
A: Very nice clarity on a burnt-umber colored body with a thin white foamy head that resides to a ring, leaving a white halo of lacing on the glass. Very good head, especially considering the high ABV.
S: Not an extremely pleasant scent to say the least. Alcohol, some green apple, and a a slightly musty scent kind-of like wet dog. I tried for a good two minutes to find another word for it but that's what it reminds me of. It isn't persistent on the nose, just after not smelling the glass for a bit and revisiting it will the dog arise.
T: Alcohol, then a bit like cardboard. A slight note of caramel. Not a very complex beer but not a bad one either. No hop flavor or noticeable bitterness.
M: The mouthfeel of this beer is truly outstanding. It's smooth and full without being heavy or syrupy.
O: Overall I found the beer a bit hard to drink because of the very awkward nose. It has a wonderful appearance and mouthfeel, however the taste is quite bland for a Barleywine of any type, but especially for one that boasts "figs and dates" on the label. A lone date has more flavor and complexity than this beer. I rated the flavor as "okay" because it's a decent tasting high alcohol beer; just not one I would boast about. I won't be buying the beer again.
Serving type: bottle
04-18-2014 22:45:04 | More by teromous
Olde School Barleywine from Dogfish Head Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 1,928 ratings.