Olde School Barleywine | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Olde School BarleywineOlde School Barleywine
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
dogfish.com

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 15.00%

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%.

Added by UnionMade on 10-10-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,281
Reviews:
1,084
Ratings:
2,673
pDev:
12.31%
Bros Score:
3.8
 
 
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254
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Photo of craigbelly
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber. Apricot, plum, and orange with sharp, peppery spice. Smooth caramel sweeps the tongue while hints of leather and dark fruit. Mid-sip, the beer’s alcohol catches up, drying the mouth before hitting the back of the throat. Though it displays little hop flavor, it posses bitterness, which combines with the alcohol to quiet the finish with a little warmth.

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Photo of beergoot
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark, cloudy, orangish-copper body with a one-finger thick, creamy head. Caramel and oranges in the aroma. Deep malt flavor with some pert bitterness, all pretty much overtaken with a strong boozy taste; some indeterminable fruity esters in the background. Heavy body; coarse and raspy on the palate; very dry with the alcohol.

At 15% ABV, the alcohol seems to overpower this beer, but perhaps if I'd let it warm-up a bit, more variety and depth in the flavors and mouthfeel might make themselves known. Still very appealing as is...

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Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Jonoesh5
4.52/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clocking in at 15%(??) here goes a 12oz from a 4-pack bottled 12/17/16. A very minimal head sits atop a deep cooper brown body. Smells just like rum haha! This is gonna be a doozy...

First sip is so deep and complex—red fruit, fig, brown sugar, baked bread, and whiskey. Definite alcohol warmth throughout, but this is to be expected for the style. Pretzel notes open up as the beer warms. I’m really impressed with the hop/malt balance for such a heavy hitter. A lovely barleywine! Mouthfeel is creamy and easy-going. Alcohol warmth aside, this beer would feels like a sessionable porter or brown ale. Very smooth.

Overall, I love this style. It’s an annual experience for me every winter, perfect for cold nights in solitude. Not a beer I would consume frequently, as this style asks a lot of any beer drinker—forcing the consumer to sit down (for their own good) and experience beer crafted for appreciation. Bought this 4-pack for $18 and it was so worth it. Look no further than Dogfish Head for their faithful interpretation of barleywine. Cheers!

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Photo of AyatollahGold
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of RichRobert
4.29/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bajdog
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ArsMoriendiOU818
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of petrusek23
4.34/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kinmundy77
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mikexw
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Thankin_Hank
4.31/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Excellent head. Rich caramel color. Fabulous aroma. Great tasting with the fruity flavor of dates and raisins. The alcohol is strong and excellent. A nice sipping beer. Mouthfeel is alcohol strong. Overall this is some of the nectar of the Gods. From a crowler purchased from The Craft Bar, Destin, Fla. dated 8/22/17.

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Photo of Nunya
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of krome
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jgunther71
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BEER88
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ChipChaight
4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nfkraemer
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Go for it!
Great example of the style done right.
Great balance between sweetness and strength resulting in a very smooth kick.
Be sure to share at just the right temp.

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Photo of Eammon1920
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of connoisseur
5/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big bold beast.
Flavor: excellent with noticeable booze forward flavor.

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Photo of Rilesmiles
3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of quindog
4.49/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I should preface this brief review by saying I'm drinking about a 8-10 year old bottle that has been in my fridge since the day I bought it. No expectations, and I must say it is fantastic. Very smooth, with no burn for 15%. Carbonation is perfect, and flavor is a sweet, but not overly sweet, malty beverage. Notes of raisin and other similar fruit. In closing, this beer ages very well, though I'm not sure how good it is fresh. I don't drink a ton of barley wine, but consider sucaba and bourbon county to be the gold standard. This beer is up there with them, minus the bourbon barrel. Though I must say, I don't miss the barrel much in this 10 year old version.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.14/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours deep dark purplish color with off white head.

Aroma - Ripe orange, fig, dates, sweet with a touch of booze.

Taste - Oh yeah date , plum, vanilla and oak. The alcohol is well pronounced in the taste.

Feel - Medium bodied well carbonated a little heat from the alcohol

Overall - A tasty barleywine great flavors.

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Photo of _nickg_
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of briandschorr
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

As a fan of Barleywine, this is a strong beer that those new to Barleywine might really enjoy. Originally Barleywine got its name because it was an alcoholic beverage with an ABV comparable to wine that was made with malted barley. This beer is one that I found to be lively, fruity, and bittersweet. Amazing copper color, the taste is one of brown sugar, dark cherries, and fig that are balanced just right for my palate. Big on ABV and big on price but well worth the money for a once-in-a-while treat. Sip from a tulip glass and enjoy.

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