1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Olde School Barleywine - Dogfish Head Brewery

Not Rated.
Olde School BarleywineOlde School Barleywine

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
89
very good

2,024 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2,024
Reviews: 967
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 13.13%
Wants: 182
Gots: 480 | FT: 21
Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Brewery visit their website
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 2,024 | Reviews: 967 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Derranged:
Photo of Derranged
Derranged

New York

3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at The Lazy Boy Saloon in White Plains, NY.
Smells like fruit and alcohol.
Really sweet, really thick, but goes down easier than one would think. Which makes it dangerous..

In my opinion, beer this strong is just not practical. The one time I had it: After having 4 pints of Fuller's 1845, I drank about two of these beers in 20 mintues or so. I got home about half an hour later. I sit down to go on the computer, snap open a Bud Light or something, and I dont remember anything after that, woke up on the couch.

This beer is good if you want to get drunk really fast and are not hanging out for very long.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2010 23:46:04 | More by Derranged
More User Reviews:
Photo of suckaj
suckaj

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

07-29-2014 14:58:13 | More by suckaj
Photo of DrBier
DrBier

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

07-26-2014 04:10:27 | More by DrBier
Photo of NHhomebrewguy
NHhomebrewguy

New Hampshire

4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

07-25-2014 01:12:40 | More by NHhomebrewguy
Photo of CraigTravor
CraigTravor

Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

07-21-2014 22:11:14 | More by CraigTravor
Photo of Howlader
Howlader

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

07-20-2014 16:19:12 | More by Howlader
Photo of Duffman79
Duffman79

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

07-20-2014 11:13:39 | More by Duffman79
Photo of MattSharpless
MattSharpless

Virginia

4/5  rDev +1%

07-17-2014 18:29:05 | More by MattSharpless
Photo of Stum-pub
Stum-pub

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

07-17-2014 06:57:35 | More by Stum-pub
Photo of curlybird
curlybird

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

07-16-2014 20:27:20 | More by curlybird
Photo of trxxpaxxs
trxxpaxxs

New York

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

07-15-2014 20:46:04 | More by trxxpaxxs
Photo of Juuroumaru
Juuroumaru

Florida

4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a burnt orange with a nice light tan head. Head retention doesnt hold for very long.
S- I get dark fruit which obviously comes from the figs and dates. if it wasnt for the label i might say currants.
T- Seriously smooth for 15% with a great dark fruit finish. Sweetness from the caramel malts but a good sweetness.
M- Medium bodied with a great coat.
O- Awesome what they did with this beer. so strong but yet so well balanced.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2014 02:40:42 | More by Juuroumaru
Photo of TommyTheCat
TommyTheCat

California

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

07-14-2014 01:58:05 | More by TommyTheCat
Photo of BEERschlitz
BEERschlitz

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

07-13-2014 18:16:17 | More by BEERschlitz
Photo of Frank_TX
Frank_TX

Virginia

3/5  rDev -24.2%

07-13-2014 04:12:25 | More by Frank_TX
Photo of Donco
Donco

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

07-13-2014 02:57:58 | More by Donco
Photo of tkdchampxi
tkdchampxi

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1%

07-11-2014 18:25:17 | More by tkdchampxi
Photo of MikesnoHSL
MikesnoHSL

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

07-10-2014 12:26:13 | More by MikesnoHSL
Photo of Dbutera1282
Dbutera1282


4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

07-10-2014 03:02:05 | More by Dbutera1282
Photo of pat_usher
pat_usher

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

07-09-2014 18:58:43 | More by pat_usher
Photo of LambicPentameter
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
Photo of Rlhinson2104
Rlhinson2104

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +26.3%

07-08-2014 14:50:57 | More by Rlhinson2104
Photo of KAF
KAF

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

07-05-2014 05:47:05 | More by KAF
Photo of irishpride
irishpride

New York

4/5  rDev +1%

07-04-2014 23:51:47 | More by irishpride
Photo of daron7
daron7

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

07-03-2014 01:07:01 | More by daron7
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Olde School Barleywine from Dogfish Head Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 2,024 ratings.