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RATINGS: 1322   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 450   ABV: 15%
Inspired by a tale of a cask doctor who brought sluggish ales back to life by suspending a fig in them. Brewed from 100% Maris Otter pale ale malt, a blend of fine hops and conditioned on dates and figs. User Instructions: open bottle, pour contents into two snifters. Enjoy. ALTERNATIVELY: Walk hand-in-neck with bottle into the middle of the woods. Use shovel to dig 2x2 hole three feet deep. Seal bottle in plastic bag. Place in hole and pack with dirt. Memorize location and leave. Return exactly one year later. Dig up bottle, open and enjoy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - APR 3, 2003
Pours a copper color with a small, white head that actually lingers a minute before dissipating. The color is amazingly light for such a strong barleywine. I was expecting a much darker pour. Interesting aroma of fruits, most notably apricots and peaches with a touch of yeast, almost like Belgian strong ale. Wow! This is unbelievably smooth in flavor, with little carbonation and flavors that change from orange to apricot and finally to peach. The finish is sweet and fruity. There are absolutely no alcohol notes to be found, which is quite a feat considering its 15% ABV. What a remarkable barleywine. Marvelous!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JAN 24, 2004
Really could age for a year or two. I had a taste today of a fresh batch, and oh wow. Really great beer. Sam, brewer of dgh, has out done himself. Rich and complex. Malty. Orange and yellow in color. Very Good.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheBeerLover (1026) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 28, 2006
The use of adjuncts such as dates, figs, or other fruits is indeed an old school brewing method, used to produce more alcohol, that helps make this beer such a high octane brew. Olde School Barleywine pours to a beautiful, bright, deep caramel color with a slight white head that fades and a very soft carbonation. The nose on this beer is the first thing that hits you. Very fragrant, aromas of sweet malt, estery, plum like aromas, and peppery alcohol heat flood the nostrils. The palate on this beer is so complex and delicious, with just layers of flavors. Flavors of toffee, biscuit, date, plum, and caramel glide over the tongue. The body on this beer is silky smooth, and dangerously drinkable for a beer of such strength. Olde School finishes with more complex malty flavors up front, then ends with a very warming, soothing, peppery burn. This is a very impressive barleywine, perfect for the winter season. Barleywine is a style that is meant to be laid down, and will improve with age like a fine wine. Dogfish Head suggests you bury a bottle out in the back yard in dig it up a year later. I suggest you buy as many bottles as you can, drink some young, and let some age and develop. This beer is the perfect beer to have on a cold winter’s night next to a roaring fire, or with a good book just before bed. It would also make a wonderful beer to match with strong and sharp cheeses, or a rich and decadent desert.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
freekyp (1673) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - JAN 29, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2009 Dogfish rocks it Olde School with a near perfect brew. The most amazing thing about Olde School is that, if it weren’t for the label, you’d never know you were drinking a 15%er. The alcohol is so well intermingled within the brew its prescence is only felt, but not actually tasted. If you could call a barley wine balanced, then this one is. Silky smooth, sweet but bitter, and incredibly complex, OS is so well brewed that individual flavors are hard to name. There are many, but they are so fleeting, almost like a deja vu, that none sticks around long enough to rule the roost. Get off your rockers and kick it Olde School!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Tortman18 (174) - Batavia, Illinois, USA - NOV 22, 2013
Pours a hazy, dark amber/almost cherry look with a thin ring of off white head. A lot of carbonation. No lacing. Nose has a lot of raisin, caramel, plum, brown sugar and a surprising amount of citrus. Some roasted malts, but not strong. Mouth is incredibly sweet and boozy. A lot of dark fruits, mainly sweet cherries and plum. Brown sugar and roasted malts add in interesting flavor. The citrus is much stronger on the tongue. Very bitter but delicious none the less.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
iRavali (44) - Delaware, USA - APR 2, 2014
Pours golden brown with absolutely no head. It's old school beer, so lacks any carbonation. The aroma is of sweet, malty tones. Taste of malt, figs and sweet tones through out the entire cycle. The lack carbonation doesn't impair the beer in anyway. Rate it 9/10. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jayzz (481) - Illinois, USA - NOV 26, 2014
Incredible fruity aroma of apricots doused in sugar. Has a foamy head and golden amber color. Rich sweet caramel malt flavor. Yum. Love this beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Lognar (33) - - SEP 30, 2013
(1/5/13) A - a beautiful coppery orange. S - Sweet. Tons of sweetness. Right away it’s got me thinking of a sweet white wine instead of a beer. Dark fruit, citrus, and orange peel dominate the nose with the orange peel adding some acidity. T - Sweet and fruity. The nose was a great preview of the taste. Tons of sweetness and citrus. Hints of orange peel bitterness carry the finish. I am loving the taste of this brew. M - Chewy, almost syrupy, and nice and warming. O - What a wonderful brew. This being only my second barleywine ever, I still do not know the style that well, but this was just amazing. Great sweetness. A nice smooth alcohol warmness. The, wait let me check, 15% alcohol - really? damn, this brew could get me in trouble - the 15% is hidden really well and doesn’t dominate the brew with booziness. I loved this brew fresh. I can only imagine what some time in the cellar would do for it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gluepot (151) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 24, 2014
The Nose is complex, as you would hope at the alcohol level -- apricots, prunes, brown sugar, a medicinal effect and dark fruit are featured. The body is rich, with taste highlights including alcohol warmth, dark fruit, prunes, dates and apricots, sweet bready malt and a Dogfish-head-traditional hint of vanilla. In the conversation for the best large beer I have ever sampled.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
krumbum (727) - truckee, California, USA - MAY 19, 2014
The drinking directions on this bottle was the inspiration for us burying a box of 6 beers for a year which we dug up and drank and then buried 12 more for next year. This was a caramel brown frothy but quick fading head. Huge smell of dried fruit, figs, dates leather and tobacco. Tastes like black liquorice with sweet finish. Second bottle was a clear reddish amber with a much stronger taste.

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