Olde School Barleywine - Dogfish Head Brewery
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4.1/5 rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
A short-lived half inch frothy head has a light orange tint and leaves little lacing on the glass. The barleywine is dark amber with a hazy, reddish amber glow and streaming carbonation.
Smells of fresh orange, almost floral, upon opening. There are light grains in the background while over-ripe pears and peaches come to the front. This is highly refreshing with no alcohol in the mix.
There is warming alcohol right up front which quickly cleans the palate for a fruity white wine. This is on the sweeter side of balance as one can easily draw out sweet tart and bitter flavors. Maple syrup becomes evident in the middle and there is a long, bitter finish.
Just shy of full body with a velvet texture and fizzy carbonation. Alcohol is prominent but not dominating.
This barleywine is easily high on my list of sipping beers as it warms well with a book or engaging conversation.
Olde School is a great barleywine. Other examples are such powerhouses that while great on their own, become too much to handle. Dogfish Head hit the mark with this one and I look forward to others in the future.
Serving type: bottle
02-07-2012 22:32:13 | More by SLeffler27
Olde School Barleywine from Dogfish Head Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 2,021 ratings.