Olde School Barleywine - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
89
very good

2,273 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 2,273
Reviews: 999
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 13.1%
Wants: 207
Gots: 586 | FT: 28
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of thewilliamhart
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ToddGingerich
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Pawoto
3.1/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I like DFH, I like barley wines and I like big beers...so this should have been a slam dunk...but this was a miss for me. Nose is pure booze, up front the taste is all booze...i think there were some yummy flavors in there somewhere, but totally overpowered. I bought 4 and drank 1 so I'll see how the others do in the cellar for a couple of years.

Photo of MBee
3.64/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ZebraCakez
4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep golden amber color, small one finger head of light colored foam

S: Alcohol, with a fruity note buried in there somewhere.

T: Initially, it's all booze. If your a person who can't handle straight shots at the bar, don't bother. Find your way through the alcohol and your rewarded with a fantastic sweet fruity finish.

F: Light and well carbonated, a pleasant feel.

O: As with all of DFH's Caution Cap series, this is just a crazy strong, blown-up take on the style. Not the best barleywine on the market, but it's an absolute blast to drink. At 15%, it is not for the weak.... but if you like a brew that challenges you, this is totally worth a shot.

Photo of SamWN
5/5  rDev +25.9%

Photo of dataylor21
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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4.04/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.7/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of zastari
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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5/5  rDev +25.9%

Photo of Dirtyhands
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%

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3.38/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of SackBlabbath
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of Hopfensaft
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Bowers-Brew
3.64/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served @ 50deg. F. in snifter. Bottled on 10/27/14

I wanted to try one fresh, but maybe I shouldn't have tried it quite this fresh. It's very hot, dates and figs are washed out from the alcohol. I won't touch the remaining bottles for at least 1 year. I hope it cleans up with age. Prost!

Photo of xbrettfavrex
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of pagriley
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Having fresh - super hot. Needs at least a year or 2

Photo of Lukass
4.6/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of kiwibrew
3.64/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of Apellonious
3.69/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle bought this week (assuming 2014 but no bottle date )poured into a tulip glass.

A - Semi cloudy amber orange with one finger head. Moves to a thin lace.

S - Off. Sure, its boozy. If you sniff real hard you may pick up something else, maybe fig?

T - Let it sit. Booze, fig, some dark fruit, metallic notes. I have another bottle, not planning on opening it for quite some time.


M- The mouthfeel is interesting. Not as sticky as most barleywines. The carbonation is average, right in the middle.

O - I'll be honest, never drank a 15% before, but the initial smell and some of the notes were off to me. Have to assume this is new, but I have no idea. Will try it again in 12 months to see if it evens out.

Olde School Barleywine from Dogfish Head Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 2,273 ratings.