Olde School Barleywine | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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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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4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 vintage poured into Crooked Stave snifter

Pours a murky red, amber brown body with an off-white head which dissipates quickly with rimming around the edge.

Smells sweet with candied jolly rancher cherry flavor, some vanilla and toffee, caramel, alcohol esters, white grapes, nicely aromatic.

Taste is akin to the smell with vanilla, toffee, caramel, and cherries. Heavy alcohol taste, every bit of the 15%. Definitely a sipper.

Mouthfeel is medium to full, medium carbonation, a little prickly, alcohol solvent has a drying effect on the finish.

Overall, a year on this brew hasn't yet toned down the alcohol and booze on this brew. Flavors are still strong, but this needs time to mellow, perhaps 2-3 years.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

2013 bottle. Served cold and let warm over time

Appearance: Clear amber, little head on a soft pour.

Smell: definitely smell the alcohol. A very nice sweet, dark fruit smell underneath

Taste: Very nice sweet BW flavor. Very smooth but comes across as a little too boozy, but that should be expected at 15%. Will cellar one of these and have next year.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, light carbonation.

Overall: Very good barley wine, it not a little too strong on the alcohol. I will definitely try it again with a year on it.

Serving type: bottle

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a medium to light amber with a thin champagne like thin head.

The nose is full of white grapes, pomegranate, cherry, and some vanilla.

Smooth in the mouth with massive hop character to start and gives way to a smooth fruity/earthy from the malt and yeast. The alcohol doesn't quite hit till the end.

I let this beer warm slightly before I actually sipped it for a 15% beer it was quit easy to drink and until the alcohol warmed my soul it was hard to tell that it was even that big of a beer.

Pretty good beer in my opinion nothing really went above and beyond for me but I would enjoy this brew again in the future. Cheers!

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had the 2013 Olde school in a bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Poured a beautiful medium amber with a larger soft head that quickly disappears leaving light lacing. Wonderfully clear.

Smell: Definitely comes on a little boozy. At 15%, you would actually expect more, but comes across rather nice. A little lightness comes from the figs.

Taste: Comes across with barely any hops and slightly sweet. The alcohol that was prevalent in the nose is now nonexistent. Very nice and smooth, with the dates and figs showing nicely in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Nice and full bodied, with not a lot of carbonation. Nicely done, but expected a little more body and carbonation.

Overall: This is another fine release from Dog Fish Head. Should age well, but I would not do more than a year. The dates and figs added a nice lightness in the alcohol taste.
Well Done!

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Olde School Barleywine from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 2,684 ratings