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:
#4,282
Reviews:
1,085
Ratings:
2,674
pDev:
12.31%
Bros Score:
3.8
 
 
Wants:
254
Gots:
794
Trade:
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Photo of TheGent
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dogfish Head Olde School Barleywine 2016

Bottled on 12/17/16

A

Murky burnt sierra. Minute, streaming bubbles along the side of the glass. Beige head.

S

Big piney and resinous hop aromas. Sweet alcohol note. Figs, dates, raisins, purple grapes, dark bread, sourdough bread, fresh pumpkin, Burnt sugar, caramel, hint of tawny Port wine, ripe banana bread.

T

Huge hop profile of pine. It's resinous. Very bitter. Lots of dark fruit on the flavor profile as well, but this beer is not overly sweet thanks to the hops. Lingering, warming heat finishes nicely with a prominent hop bitterness. No notes of oxidation or really any unexpected flavors.

M

Moderate level of carbonation. Smooth.

O

This is a very nice American barleywine. I generally don't like this style. I prefer English Barleywines. In this case, the main contribution from the hops is a piney bitterness and I think it works nicely. For 15% the beers drinks easily and theres enough to offset the bitter hops.

Overall an enjoyable drinking experience but there is still too much of a dominant bitter hop profile for me so I'll hold onto the remainder of these and try one again in another year. The alcohol, which I would no longer describe as "hot" will probably mellow out even more in the next year.

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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

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Olde School Barleywine from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 2,674 ratings
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