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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3.93/5 rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
DFH signature glass
A: Pours a deep orange with reddish hued color. Half finger of slightly off white head. Lots of carbonation streaming from the DFH logo. Sticky lacing.
S: Getting a good amount of fruit right up front. Definitely those figs and dates. Some hops even.
T: Typical DFH yeast. Pulling that date and fig character. This beer might be really nice in a BA version. Sweetness in the mid palate. Finish had long lingering stale fruity flavors. Some dryness.
M: Medium bodied leading to full.
Serving type: bottle
03-10-2014 03:38:06 | More by inlimbo77
3.71/5 rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Had this a little while ago in Arcata - I usually see 30 proof beers and beyond as liqueurs, so I split one 12oz bottle into a tulip glass with some friends. Paired with homemade spicy curry and naan to help cut the anticipated sweetness down a bit.
Pours an orange amber color that's deeply cloudy with a surprisingly large bone white head that's frothy and thick. Granted, it doesn't really stick around for very long, nor does it leave behind any sticky lacing clinging to the glass, but a ring persists throughout. If it weren't for the ring, this would look like a cloudier Amontillado Sherry. Viscous as all hell, and pretty much up there with one of the more monstrous beers I've seen to date.
As expected, this smells intensely sweet and boozy, although luckily a lot of fruity and spicy aspects do come through. Figs and dates soaked in honey, as well as raisins, plums, and a toffee/butterscotch covered sweetness that follows. Some floral notes, ranging towards violets, as well as some brief peppery flavors that soon become overpowered by the sugar and booze. Spices such as clove, nutmeg, and cinnamon are also present, but more fascinatingly enough is the brief banana yeasty funk that's at the finish, combined with a toasted buttery flavor. This slightly stings the nostrils, but it's nothing incredibly harsh - only quite demanding, even at this point.
Yeah, they weren't kidding about this being an extreme offering! Enormous sweetness from the fruit coats the palate, with caramelized dates, figs, prunes, and raisins all swirling around with extra sweet notes of burnt toffee, butterscotch, and a brief buttery sensation at the finish. It's a little bitter and spicy at the center, but the sugar eventually becomes predominant at the finish, as does the alcohol. A citrus buzz, maybe one of orange peel, miraculously makes its way through, although there's nothing more in addition to it. Extremely sweet, with a slightly warming afterglow, but never super boozy or syrupy overall. Carbonation is decent, but it does lose itself over time, which promotes a sludgy feel. Granted, my serving portion was perfect, as was the food pairing of super spicy food to cut the sweetness, but it's definitely intense and ridiculous.
This folds the envelope for American barleywines, and becomes a liqueur-like fruit concoction with its high emphasis on the fruits and sweet aspects of the malts. I usually do not like American barleywines as much, but this highly resembles its English counterpart with its extra sweet, fruity malt profile. If they could somehow throw this in some kind of barrel (I'm thinking rye whiskey or Sherry), this would only further reveal its obvious liqueur leaning qualities. Cheers to DFH for experimenting as always, although maybe they should consider packaging some of these strong beers in 6oz bottles for practical purposes.
Serving type: bottle
03-04-2014 08:22:45 | More by magictacosinus
Olde School Barleywine from Dogfish Head Brewery
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