Olde School Barleywine - Dogfish Head Brewery

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2,261 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,261
Reviews: 995
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 13.1%
Wants: 206
Gots: 582 | FT: 27
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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3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

Photo of Jimmys
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. bottled in 2012.

A: hazed. deep copper. head is off-white and bubbly. retention is weak as is the lacing which is missing.

S: alcohol. figs, dates, and dark currants. brown sugar. marshmallow.

T: lots of heat to start. then as it warms the fruitier it gets. similar to the nose, figs and plums. lots of brown sugar. burnt brown sugar. lingering sweetness for days.

M: carb could use some more bubbles. full mother fucking body.

D: for how fresh this is im really enjoying it. I expected even more of a hot mess like some of DFH other big bodied brews. however everything seems to work nicely here and gives me something to look forward to for the bottle in my cellar.

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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%

Photo of bifrost17
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of superneoncj
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of SonOfKyuss
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of tdm168
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to jtd1969 for finding this one for me.

A - dark ruby amber with a soft, thin layer of off white head that has little retention

S - caramel, candy sugar, alcohol, grapefruit

T - sweet caramel, grapefruit, citrusy hops, candy sugar, alcohol, faint vanilla, very faint pine in the finish

M - full bodied, warm, sticky, well carbonated

This is a very interesting Barleywine. I did not expect the intense citrusy hop character. The malt character is pretty decent. It's sweet but not cloying. There are hints of candy sugar and vanilla throughout. The alcohol is well hidden for 15%. This is a decent beer that is worth trying but for me I would prefer either a more malt forward beer or a less citrusy hop character.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Brandywine
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Like liquid amber. Stunningly clear deep golden reddish orange. Poured two fingers of an off white head. Tons of carbonation streaming. Alcohol legs just sit on the sides.

Smell: Vinous, white wine grape quality, malty sweetness, crisp fruit.

Taste: Light stone fruit dominates this barleywine. Pear, peach, some sweet orange too. Citrus notes as well. There's definitely some booze but it adds dimension to the flavor without detracting. The sweet white wine in the nose is in the flavor too.

Mouthfeel. Full with lots of carbonation.

Overall: Not much complexity on the nose. Flavor is really good and surprisingly mellow.

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1/5  rDev -74.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of vfgccp
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nov 2008 bottle, opened December 2012.

A - Pouring off before the sediment hits, this is a beautiful beer. Almost no head at all, but the body is a deep cranberry mahogany.

S - Definitely an american barleywine. Bright booze over caramel, prunes, bing cherries, and apricots.

T - Almost a mirror of the nose. Raisins, caramel, white booze, cranberry. Surprisingly bright with 4 years behind the bottle.

M - Super smooth with just enough kick to let you know it's a barleywine.

O - A really nice barleywine. It took 4 years in stride, and could probably even take another 2 to reach peak condition. Nice profile, nice integration, and great mouthfeel.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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5/5  rDev +25.9%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Olde School Barleywine from Dogfish Head Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 2,261 ratings.