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Olde School Barleywine | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Olde School BarleywineOlde School Barleywine
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3.98/5
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2,666 Ratings
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:
#4,119
Reviews:
1,081
Ratings:
2,666
pDev:
12.31%
Bros Score:
3.8
 
 
Wants:
257
Gots:
791
Trade:
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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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Photo of SkyyNapalm
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ickiwotog
4.9/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is delicious! Doesn't taste like high alcohol content, very smooth. I would definitely buy this again.

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Photo of JoeLev
3.67/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MikeWard
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a tulip. no freshness dating, but this is a fall release so I'm gonna guess 9-10 months old.

orange/brown/red body. light carbonation up the sides of the tulip. small off white head which maintains leaving minimal lacing.

the nose is faintly of dried fruit.

dried fruit and alcohol burn are the primary tastes. it does feel far less than the 15abv advertised. It's an American barleywine, and the hops have certainly faded, leaving a quite tasty drink.

getting close to full on the mouth, slow burn from the abv on the finish.

Overall, an above average slightly aged American barleywine. might be more enjoyable at a year old on a cool winters eve.

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

2016 version

L - Copper with very little clarity, thick looking, 1 full finger of head and some lacing left on the brew and glass

S - boozy, dried fruit

T - Dried fruit and boozy, just like the aroma. Raisons, brown sugar, dark cherries, and figs

F - Full body and well carbonated.

O - Great, slow sipper brew.

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3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Boone757
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Olde School Barleywine from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 2,666 ratings
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