Olde School Barleywine | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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2,642 Ratings
Olde School BarleywineOlde School Barleywine

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States

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

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Photo of mj81
4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a nice deep orange almost red
smell- sweet syrupy, with hints of alcohol
taste- love the taste of this beer! its very warming but not near hot, huge dark fruit flavor and syrupy flavors but nothing out of balance just enough hop bitterness
mouthfeel is smooth, low carbonation and full body.
overall- this is a great cold night beer, warming and scotch-like sure to warm your bones

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled in 2010. Amber orange in color with a thick, viscous look. Poured with a short white foam that quickly reduced to thin wisps. Dark fruit, sweet sugary malt and toffee aromas are prominent with butter and boozy notes at the back end. A quick rush of carbonation up front followed by a smooth slightly oily feel through the middle and tangy, boozy heat at the end. Dark fruit flavors up front with toffee flavors added through the middle. Tangy bite in the middle leads candied orange and chardonnay-like pear flavors. Finishes dryly with a tangy, slightly tart fruitiness along with undeniable, but mellow boozy heat.

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4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled on 10/09/13.

A: Pours a mostly clear amber brown with minimal white head. A fair amount of visible carbonation. Head is quick to dissipate fleeting to the edges of the glass. Spots of lacing.

S: Very subtle aroma for such a strong beer. Dark fruits and yeastiness make up the bulk. Malt sweetness round out the backend. Bit of breadiness as well as the expected alcohol notes, which build as the beer warms.

T: Bold flavor, the figs and dates really come through on this one. Molasses sweetness blends into an almost port like wine finish. Hints of carmel and toffee. Isnt as boozy as one would think, malts cover it up well.

M: Full body with a heavy syrupy mouthfeel. Low carbonation with a bit of a sticky finish. Not as hot as expected, instead a nice warming feel. Very drinkable considering its ABV.

Overall this is a solid barleywine with a fig and date compliment that really works out. As the label suggests, a beer that will develop quite well overtime. Great sipping beer as the season gets colder.

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3/5  rDev -23.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

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3/5  rDev -23.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Olde School Barleywine from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
3.93 out of 5 based on 2,642 ratings.
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