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Olde School Barleywine - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
89
very good

2,025 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 2,025
Reviews: 967
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 13.13%
Wants: 182
Gots: 482 | FT: 23
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)
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Reviews by silenius:
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silenius

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle date is 01/04, drunk one year later.

This is quite light colored for a barelywine. Clear orange gold with a short-lived head. Very nice lacing on the glass. Only a smidge of yeast in the bottle.

Smell is quite complex and pleasing. Honey hits first, then a marshmallow and and graham cracker combo. A slight bit of vanilla and some fusel alcohol. I like this smell combo.

Taste is also very nice. Hits with a sweet honey with a significant amount of hop bite with some warmth from the alcohol mixed in. Sweet without being cloying.

Mouthfeel is nice an thick with some lively micro-bubble carbonation to keep it from sticking.

Hiding this much alcohol in a beer is quite a feat. I could drink this all night if I had the liver of 10 men.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2005 01:26:27 | More by silenius
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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.

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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.

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Olde School Barleywine from Dogfish Head Brewery
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