Olde School Barleywine - Dogfish Head Brewery
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Reviews by SeaUrchin:
4.35/5 rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Had a 2010 at thanksgiving dinner, poured from bottle into my duvel tulip, complimented the meal nicely
appearance - poured a golden amber, slightly above mild carbonation, small head that lasted for about half of glass, mild lacing if any
smell - up front was a strong alcohol smell, balanced out by a sweet malty flavor and mild smells of fruit
taste - just like the smell up front i tasted alcohol, followed by a bitter hop kick(but not too strong) that quickly melded into a nice sweet malty flavor(this was a very sweet malt) that moved into an almost apple cider flavor, and finished with a slight alcohol burn(not unpleasant but noticeable similar to after a shot of bourbon) overall only 2 strong flavors were malt and alcohol but the hops was noticeable and helped attempt to balance this out. as it warmed up the alcohol was more pronounced in my nose and only after i swallowed, the sweet maltyness then dominated with the apple cider playing an important supporting role
mouthfeel - had slightly thicker than water texture, left an almost fuzzy film in mouth, not unpleasant but made the after taste last longer than average
drinkability - while this is a heavy hitter on alcohol(in ABV, flavor, and taste) it is balanced out nicely by sweetness. while this is a sipper for me but if i wasnt trying to age my other 3 each 1,2,3 years respectively i would have gladly had another, something to be careful with if you dont drink big beers often
on a side note my mom took a sip(she was teaching me how to host a thanksgiving dinner because it seems i will be the one taking on the responsibility of thanksgiving dinners when she gets a little older(and everyone said my turkey blew hers away) but she is a white wine drinker who is also partial to whiskey(iv let her try a few whiskey ages brews and shes liked all of them for that whiskey flavor) but she said that this reminded her of one of her favorite wines. definitively a must try in my book especially in trying to have a wine drinker learn to appreciate the world of beer.
Serving type: bottle
11-27-2010 04:29:46 | More by SeaUrchin
More User Reviews:
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
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
Olde School Barleywine from Dogfish Head Brewery
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