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3.98/5
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2,668 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:
#4,168
Reviews:
1,081
Ratings:
2,668
pDev:
12.31%
Bros Score:
3.8
 
 
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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5/5  rDev +25.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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3.87/5  rDev -2.8%
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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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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3.78/5  rDev -5%
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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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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

The beer pours a light and creamy white head that dissipates quickly. The beer is a deep ruby red that is clear. The beer has a fairly sweet and fruity smell with a hint of alcohol. some hints of dark fruits but sweet malts are the primary smell with a slight hints of hops. The taste is somewhat similar to the smell. Sweet malts dominate the palates with dark fruits and a hint of hops as well as a bit of alcohol as well. The feel is fairly syrupy but still pretty good and smooth. The beer is heavy bodied but still feels lighter than most other barleywine. Overall, a decent barleywince and worth buying at least once.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- deep orange with a finger of head, good amount of carbonation coming up, looks pretty good.

S- I'm getting thick syrup, the figs and dates are coming through strong, nice caramel toffee sweetness, little hints of alcohol, but is covered by a lot of sweet malts.

T- the dates and figs are up front, really sweet beer, molasses with some caramelized sugar, big sweet malts, and finishes with the warmth from the alcohol, but it goes down nice.

M- thick and syrupy, sticky on the palate, hardly any carbonation.

O- not bad for what it is. I am a big fan of barley wines, and I've had better but this is still a pretty good beer. A little too much alcohol but hey it's dogfish head, what do you expect. Probably would go nice with a cigar, and some age on it.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Olde School Barleywine from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 2,668 ratings
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