Dogfish Head Olde School Barleywine

Dogfish Head Olde School Barleywine

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Brewed by Dogfish Head Brewery

Milton, DE, United States

Style:  American Barleywine

15% Alcohol by Volume

85 International Bittering Units

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Bold, yet smooth! Fermented with dates and figs, this bone-crusher has a completely unique flavor. The concept for this beer came from an old Cellerman's manual Sam came across (for more on that, check out the video below). At about 15% abv, this beer is a great candidate for ageing. Over time, the beer dries out and the pit fruit flavors come forward and the hops recede. Our recommendation? Grab a few bottles when you find it - enjoy one now, and age the others for a bit. Let us know which you prefer! Olde School Barlewine comes out in the fall (November-ish) annually. It is available in 12-ounce bottles by the 4-pack. Want more info on the cowboy label art? Check out 'What's The Deal With The Cowboy?

ID: 8933 Last updated 10 years ago Added to database 19 years ago

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Overall Rank227
Overall Percentile99.5
Style Rank12 of 423
Style Percentile97.2
Lowest Score3.3
Highest Score4.8
Average Score4.000
Weighted Score3.927
Standard Deviation0.405

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  • CYBERCAT 10151 reviews
    rated 3.8 2 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Pours hazy caramel, not much head. Aroma offers caramel and toasted malt notes. Flavor presents sharp caramel, woody, toasted malt and fruity notes. Mouthfeel is fairly firm and lively. Go old school!

  • JABAH 1780 reviews
    rated 4.0 8 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    These fruity barleywines are too sweet for me. That being said, I enjoyed the flavor and appreciate everything that is going on here. Cloudy light amber appearance. This is more of a European style barleywine, or resemblance of something Belgian....versus the American style semi-hoppy barleywine. I probably should have aged this for a year or two....but was too curious.

  • GIVMEBEER 795 reviews
    rated 3.7 9 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    Bottle from 2010.Poured dark amber reddish color with small bubbly tan head which didn't last.No lacing. Don't think this has improved much since my last tasting of a year ago.Aroma is Very fruity,hoppy and strong alcohol.This is certaily a sipping beer.Can taste the dates and figs.Warming alcohol flavor,almost like a brandy.Quite sweet.Smooth velvety,sticky mouthfeel(nice)Hope I can keep off the last one for at least a year.

  • KINGER 2328 reviews
    rated 3.6 9 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Four pack I brought back with me from Kentucky, one fresh bottle now while the remaining three will get some cellar time. Pours with a fizzy head and some strands of lacing with an amber-copper colored body. Dry, sweet and very warming. There is a trace of booziness, but it's fairly well hidden and I'm sure will smooth out over time. Toffee, caramel, raisin and a nice burnt malt flavor. Woody with hints of vanilla and lots of dark berries. Unique and fairly complex, I hope it will develop nicely.

  • LENUSIK 2067 reviews
    rated 3.6 9 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    A barleywine the way they should be done. A beautiful clear golden pour, an off-white head topping it off. Sweet malt, honey, and caramel dominate the aroma with some floral scents. Flavour isn't as sweet as the aroma would indicate, it is very nicely balanced between the malty sweetness and hoppy bitterness.

  • BLUESANDBARBQ 2568 reviews
    rated 4.1 10 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Beer 2 of my 12 Beers of Christmas. Been sitting on this one; drinking it while watching Sam on Brew Masters. Beautiful clear orange ruby amber pour with a thin head reducing to a sustained tight creamy ring leaving delicate light lacing. Pleasant complex aromas of honey, clementines, grapes, ripe cherries, sweet dates, honeysuckle and floral hops. Big flavor with upfront aforementioned fruits in the taste with a floral and honeysuckle light hops bitter and a good warming alcohol bite. As with most barleywines, it gets even better as it warms. Excellent Dogfish Head brew. Another one off the wish list and excellent choice to include in my 12 Beers of Christmas 2010.

  • ANTE 2674 reviews
    rated 3.8 11 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Bottled. Pours out in a clear orange color with a small disappearing white head. Dense and rather hot aroma of toasted, malts, honey, orange-liquor, black pepper, over-riped raspberries, black cherries, sweet licorice and alcohol. Full-bodied with notes of honey, roasted nuts, fudge, toasted malts, and peppery alcohol. Long warming sweet finish of orange-liquor, black pepper and black cherries. Impressive.

  • RAGNAROK 110 reviews
    rated 3.7 11 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    I will be picking up a bottle to revisit in a year. Not gonna say this is a bad brew. Sweet citrus. Heavy aroma. And though you may not pick up the 15 abv in the taste, you will get it after the first few sips. Because of the sweetness, this would be better to let and cellar for the better side of a year and trying again. With the sweetness mellowed and the bright citrius, this woild be a treat to drink - especially as it warms above 60 deg.

  • RJA 2975 reviews
    rated 3.4 11 years ago

    Aroma: 5 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    A crystal orange-amber colored ale. Head is moderately small and disappears fairly quickly. The soapy white head settles nto a gentle ringlet. A big alcoholic phenols, malt, fruity aroma rises to the nose. Nothing about this ale allows you to forget the alcohol. A fair amount of carbonation and creaminess hit the palate. The tasting, again, think alcohol with sweet sugars and fruits (like cherries, apples, pears). Let this one warm. It goes down easier at that point.

  • SLAYER02348 223 reviews
    rated 4.1 11 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    On draft at a bar near me, finally gave it a try even though it was quite expensive. Dark brown in color, small tan head. Aroma is hoppy. Taste reminds me just how much i love barley wines. Nice hoppy finish to it also. If it weren't for the price, I could get used to drinking this.

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