Dogfish Head Olde School Barleywine

The end of a weekend. So sad…so I hit up a bar in Philly that I’ve been wanting to try for awhile with the girlfriend. After having a few glasses of Pliny (which, by the way, were just as amazing as I remember), I tried this selection of DFH. I’ve had this once or twice before, but never reviewed it, so let’s see how it goes.

ABV: 15.04%

Style: American Barleywine

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “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. At about 15% abv, this beer is a great candidate for aging. 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!”

Random: This is one of the few selections from DFH that I’ve never had.

This brew poured with a barely there white head on top of a hazy, caramel colored body. There was little visible carbonation. The nose was chock full of drunken raisins with a hint of wood. The booze was more hidden that I would have expected. The taste was much of what was apparent in the nose…a lot of raisins and a hint of dates. The brew was syrupy sweet, but not cloying with low carbonation. The booze was pretty well hidden in the taste as well. The finish lasted awhile with some raisins and warming. I really enjoyed this one and would definitely have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

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