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Olde School Barleywine - Dogfish Head Brewery

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2,322 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,322
Reviews: 1,007
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 13.1%
Wants: 214
Gots: 625 | FT: 30
Brewed by:
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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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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Lovely copper color in the St. Bernardus globe. Intense aromas of warm butterscotch and dark fruit compote, along with the sharp tang of booze. You can see how thick the body is from the syrupy swirls in the glass, but on the tongue it's just the right consistency.

The alcohol is actually a good feature, cutting through the sweetness like a light sabre. The malty sweetness is like a good cream sherry, and the modest bitterness gives an interesting edge. This is rather tangy and all in all it's a surprisingly good balance of hot, sweet, and bitter. Lingering aftertaste of burnt raisin bread with some hoppy bitterness.

This is very sippable and one of the better offerings from the weirder and weirder Dogfish Head. From the 12 oz bottle bought at Grapevine Liquors in Denver, which is a nice package size for having a snifter or two.

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3/5  rDev -24.4%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glass: Snifter

Appearance: Dark amber, thin about a half a fingers worth of a mocha colored head that dissipated almost as quickly as it formed.

Smell: Alcohol, molasses, and figs. I swear I can detect the faint aroma of lager yeast but I know that can't be right.

Taste: Hops, alcohol, molasses, figs, sweet malts, and a big alcohol finish and yet surprisingly still very smooth.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, dry texture, alcohol warming, and a dry finish.

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3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour from a 12oz bottle into two (2) 6oz mini snifter glasses.

A- Golden brown. little to no head. carbonation is very low. cannot see through glass. viscosity is very high.

S - not much. traces of fig and dates.

T - basic? (not ordinary, but chemically) Sour. the bottle says: 'This ages with the best of them' - let it do just that. at 15% ABV its very strong. would love to taste this in a year or two. figs and dates are very apparent.

M - full taste. alcohol burns the tongue a tiny bit.

O - Certainly recommend some aging. At current state it has a great base. Some mellowing would do wonders.

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Olde School Barleywine from Dogfish Head Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 2,322 ratings.