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Olde School Barleywine - Dogfish Head Brewery

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2,363 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,363
Reviews: 1,018
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 12.85%
Wants: 220
Gots: 654 | FT: 36
Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Brewery visit their website
Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  15.04% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: UnionMade on 10-10-2002

Bold, yet smooth! Fermented with dates and figs, this bone-crushing barleywine has a unique flavor.

85 IBU
ABV varies from 13-16%.
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Based on the reviews, many people did not enjoy this beer as much as I did. I sampled one while saving the other three bottles for aging purposes. I look forward to the maturation of the others.

Olde School was a light orange color with a modest white head. It left some lacing on the sides of the glass. In the aroma, I discovered malt and a mild level of hops. There was nothing about the aroma which was overwhelming. In the initial taste, I detected notes of raisin, fig, mild maltiness, and a respectable level of nuttiness. For an American Barleywine, I expected more hops to be in the front. Yet at the same time, I was not disappointed when I discovered with was not a hop-bomb. It reminded me of an English Barleywine. The high level ABV left a warming sensation with the nuttiness progressing toward sour in the finish. This beer makes a great night cap on a cold winter night. In recent memory, this is one of my favorite Dogfish Head efforts.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a snifter glass

Appearance – Pours a hazy copper orange with a tiny off white head. The head fades very fast leaving only a scant amount of foam on the top of the brew.

Smell –The aroma is of biscuit and malt mixed with lots of fruit aromas of darker fruits . Mixed with these aromas are a almost light astringent turpentine aroma as well as aromas of some herbal and earthy hops. While the turpentine aroma exists it actually is rather appropriate and matching to the other sweeter, maltier and boozy aromas of the beer.

Taste – The taste s very malty and sweet upfront with big bready flavors and a strong fruit flavor of a mainly of a fig and raisin nature mixed with a strong caramel and brown sugar taste. These flavors create a base for the brew and are joined by many other tastes throughout. A light alcohol flavor comes to the tongue more toward the middle of the taste and persists to the end, but for a 15 % abv brew, it is actually very mild. Other fruit flavors of apple and tangerine come to the tongue as well with an augmentation of the dark fruit flavor. More toward the end of the taste there is a very light lemon flavor as well as a slight citrus hop taste that mixes with the rest to overall leave a rather sweet, malty, and just ever so lightly boozy and hopped flavors.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is thick and syrupy side with a very low carbonation. Both are very appropriate for the style as well as allow all the wonderful fruit and bready flavors as well as complement the boozy and lightly hoped flavors quite well.

Overall – This is a very tasty and sweet with a very well hidden alcohol taste (at least for a 15 % abv brew). A very nice and quite easy drinking for a barley wine. Delicious.

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4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

Dated 2012A 00:51 (whatever the hell that means)

A- Pours super hazy. A murky dark orange looking color. Almost no head. Monster alcohol legs. An intimidating looking brew.

S- Huge caramel notes and a massive dark fruit presence. A slight grain and fruity yeast. Not a lot of alcohol smell but it burns the nostrils. Interesting stuff.

T- A massive caramel taste and feel up front. A light toffee and sweet caramel sweetness. The dark fruits are very big in this beer. There is a huge fig presence and a lot of raisin as well. A slight roasty character. Less alcohol taste the I was expecting from such a massive brew. A pretty big bitterness but I dont get any hop presence.

M- Huge beer. A big syrupy, sticky booze bomb. A very warming feel. Flavors arent too overwhelming.

O- I really liked this Barleywine. Its massive and syrupy. I bet it will age incredibly.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an E&J snifter.

A- A deep rich redish amber colored beer that almost seems more like a copper color. It Has a 2 finger bubbly off-white head that dissipated down to a medium sized collar with a slight amount of lace left upon the surface. The amount of bubbles clinging to the side of the glass would probably lead most to believe that its much more well carbonated than it actually is. While drinking it, it left a nice amount of white lacing along the sides of the snifter.

S- You can definitely smell the figs and the dates, which when blended with the smell of the barley malts, gives of some notes of other dark fruits such as dried black cherries. There is a slight note of breadiness towards the end that reminds me somewhat of sourdough before finishing with an alcoholic tinge.

T- The taste is dominated mostly by the flavor of sweet dark fruits that do little to help mask the intense alcoholic flavor. Although this is a super malty barley wine it almost seems like dogfish head added the figs and dates to this beer just so that the flavor of the alcohol would be less prominent, although the sweetness and the flavor of the figs and the dates is really rather enjoyable. The finish is where the alcohol really makes itself known, leaving a slight burn at the end. It really packs quite a punch.

M- Heavy mouthfeel. There is a decent enough amount of carbonation that its "smooth", but not "velvety smooth" like some other barleywines are.

O- Intense and BOLD BOLD BOLD BOLD. Just like I remember 120 minute and World Wide stout being,. Much more alcoholic than I anticipated but at the same time, now that I think about it, that was really rather foolish of me. I'm really not surprised. I would love love love! to see how this ages. Overall, it's a real asskicker!

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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Olde School Barleywine from Dogfish Head Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 2,363 ratings.