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Olde School Barleywine - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Olde School BarleywineOlde School Barleywine

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2,052 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,052
Reviews: 969
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 13.13%
Wants: 188
Gots: 491 | FT: 24
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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Photo of BierAdvoNikk


5/5  rDev +26.3%

03-10-2012 15:50:20 | More by BierAdvoNikk
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4/5  rDev +1%

03-09-2012 16:52:53 | More by TheRuss9585
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

03-09-2012 05:05:04 | More by iL0VEbeer
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

03-09-2012 02:31:33 | More by Khazadum
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4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

03-08-2012 20:35:58 | More by perennialpursuit
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

03-06-2012 17:49:24 | More by Mizorie
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4/5  rDev +1%

03-05-2012 19:43:44 | More by robieobie1
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4.2/5  rDev +6.1%

Sample: 2 bottles 2009 (aged 3 years)

A: Very light head, nice internal carbonation, uniformly cloudy throughout but still mostly translucent, very dark orange

S: Intense dried fruits, very floral and sweet, hints of honey, alcohol is apparent as well

T: Honey, dried fruits, hops, excellent balance between its sweetness and bitterness, if anything just a bit too sweet, very light and fruity aftertaste, not overpowering on the palate, quite "boozy" as well

M: Smooth, easy to drink, surprisingly light in the mouth, alcohol not too heavy (even at 15%)

O: Delicious, unique, sweet, would have loved to have tried it unaged but now I feel I'll just be disappointed

03-05-2012 04:44:07 | More by MatthewWilde
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4/5  rDev +1%

03-04-2012 17:26:25 | More by epicbeard85
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District of Columbia

3.43/5  rDev -13.4%

12-oz bottle at DFH Alehouse

A: Pours a deep amber/orange, little to no head

S: Lots of dried fruit, sweet caramely malts, strong alcohol

T: Big, warming alcohol up front with sweet fruits -- pineapple, banana, apricot -- hints of bourbon.

M: Syrupy feel in the glass and in the mouth. Long lasting alcohol is warming throughout.

O: Haven't dabbled much into barleywine and though this is a very good beer, it was probably not what I was in the mood for when I ordered it, I didn't notice the 15% ABV until after it was poured in front of me. But overall, I was pretty pleased with it, but I don't think I could see myself order more than a bottle of this.

03-03-2012 14:35:25 | More by Rukasu
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4/5  rDev +1%

03-02-2012 21:58:05 | More by ngingras
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4/5  rDev +1%

03-01-2012 20:34:17 | More by brandonasplundh
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4/5  rDev +1%

03-01-2012 05:34:43 | More by quilty
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4.48/5  rDev +13.1%

2009 bottle opened on 1/10/12

A: Pours a cloudy golden orange; thin head

S: Tart dark fruits like raisins and figs; good helping of apricots too; some sweet malts to balance things out

T: Big helping of apricots/tropical fruits and sticky-sweet malt up front; finishes with a slightly boozy bitterness

M: Medium-thick viscosity with just the slightest hint of booze. I'm amazed at how smooth it is for how much alcohol has been packed in here

O: This is a phenomenal barleywine, definitely one of the top 5 best I've had. I haven't had the opportunity to try it fresh, but with a few years to age it really mellowed out the booze and brought out the deliciously fruity sweet flavors. I definitely need to find more!

02-29-2012 18:28:05 | More by Jules11788
Photo of siege06nd


3.95/5  rDev -0.3%

From bottle to Jackie O's tulip...

A: Pours a cloudy light ruby orange color. A half finger of cream colored head that quickly fades to a quarter finger. Decent lacing.

S: Sweet, ripe cherries, plums, figs, vanilla, chocolate, and hints of tobacco. Fairly boozy as well. A fine smelling barleywine.

T: Very boozy, which may be the overriding taste on this right now. Definitely needs some more age. Lots of vanilla, chocolate, dark fruit, and candy spice. Minus the very assertive booze, this is quite enjoyable.

M: Way too carbonated for the style and pretty hot and boozy. This is where this one loses the most points.

O: Mouthfeel is way out of place on this one, but if you can get past the heat and a carbonation level that is far too aggressive, I think this is a very solid barleywine, especially for one so readily available off the shelves. It's not going to take a run at the top examples of the style (Great, Gratitude) but it holds its own. Not too often I can give a 2.5 on one of the factors and still end up with a decent review. Leave it to DFH to break yet another trend.

02-29-2012 01:17:07 | More by siege06nd
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4/5  rDev +1%

02-28-2012 23:22:37 | More by BugTownPub
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

02-28-2012 20:11:34 | More by Tumble
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4/5  rDev +1%

02-28-2012 03:34:11 | More by tripledbrew
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4/5  rDev +1%

02-27-2012 04:08:04 | More by jbozley
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3.03/5  rDev -23.5%

12 oz bottle, fresh 2011 vintage.

appears a orange amber color, clear. thin head that fades to nothing. aroma is a bit sweet, but harsh. both smell and taste are boozy fruit, a touch of citrus rind. some fusel alcohol as it warms up. body is syrupy and viscous. coats the mouth, lower carbonation.

overall - needs a bit of mellowing.

02-25-2012 06:39:53 | More by jmdrpi
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4/5  rDev +1%

02-24-2012 21:08:00 | More by HamGlade10
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3.53/5  rDev -10.9%

True American style barleywine and it flaunts it well. A bit to sweet and a little over the top alc. %, but excellent malts flavor. If you have ever said " what exactly is a American Barleywine?" let this beer be your template to base your general opinion of the class on. That being said its not great but its what it says it is.

02-22-2012 07:12:22 | More by Remydakine
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4/5  rDev +1%

Half finger head with minimal lacing on a crimson with light golden hues body. Aroma is very minty, sweet and boozy. Flavor is sweet with syrupy, bourbon, dark fruit and Chardonnay notes. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Too boozy and sweet for me but I was expecting this. A nice one to try but not your everyday beer obviously.

02-22-2012 05:33:30 | More by kylehay2004
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4.23/5  rDev +6.8%

A – Pours a cloudy amber color with a decent tan-colored head. Has decent lacing as well.

S – The dates and figs come through with a fruity scent, and you can detect the boozy quality to it as well. It smells sweet with a hint of caramel.

T – Very boozy up front and then a strong fruity flavor comes in. You can taste the higher alcohol content in this, but it’s still pleasant and the flavors mingle well.

M – Good carbonation with a distinct alcohol burn. Definitely something you want to sip.

O – At the Barleywine Festival that I attended where this 2010 vintage was on tap, it was in my top 3. The overall fruity flavor with the kick from the high alcohol content was appealing. I’d imagine it only improves with age.

02-20-2012 23:53:19 | More by CraftVA
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

02-20-2012 23:07:45 | More by beergorrilla
Olde School Barleywine from Dogfish Head Brewery
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