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Olde School Barleywine - Dogfish Head Brewery

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2,386 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,386
Reviews: 1,023
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 12.85%
Wants: 223
Gots: 665 | FT: 38
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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Ratings: 2,386 | Reviews: 1,023
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2.36/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Every time I drink this beer I find it unbalanced and a complete booze bomb.

It says to age proper for a couple of years on the label. I have had a freshy, a two year old, and a four years old example, (all cellared properly), and they were all sweet, boozy heavy, and generally unpleasant beers.

It never seems to smooth out. Super boozy and prone to headaches.

However it looks great, solid head and a clear beautiful color. That is really what it has going for it in my honest opinion.

One is better off with a old ruffian, a hog heaven, or a bigfoot.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz single from a fellow beer enthusiast. Poured into a DFH snifter...

A: Hazy, tea / light brown, amber; thin, half-finger light beige head; a minimal ring of retention leaves no lace - pretty sure this brew cleans the glass at 15%.

S: Sweet, bready malt; figs; light hazelnut; some pine cone and alcohol, too; very layered aroma.

T: Follows the nose... Sweet figs, molasses, brown sugar; followed by pine and alcohol... whoa - huge flavor.

M: Medium mouthfeel; low carbonation; hot.

O: A doozy of a barleywine at 15%. Crazy, but pretty drinkable considering the abv. Figs and dates seem like natural complements to the malt profile of most barleywines - so it makes sense. A tasty, big beer that's definitely a sipper... took me two plus hours to get through this one!

Review #350!

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Olde School Barleywine from Dogfish Head Brewery
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