willisread (3799) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 14, 2018 ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle into a tasting snifter.
A: Pours a clear reddish copper color. While the off-white colored head isn’t turribly impressive, it does have a bit of duration which almost belies its gravity. Not much lacing either. It does leave alcohol legs behind, though.
S: Dark. Fruit. Overload. Of course, being brewed with dark fruits helps - in this case, it already amplifies what the dominant note should be. While there are alcoholic traces for sure, especially once it warms up slightly, you can’t really tell it’s 15% at all. Also upon opening up, it develops a subtle yet prevalent bread aroma.
T: Immediately, sweetness hits the tongue. Dark fruits and caramel give way to a sour middle - not sour as in "wild ale", but sour as in "musty and leathery". And is it ever leathery. Boozy, but hey, it’s 15%. Honestly, the presence of alcohol here doesn’t bother me as much as it did in, say, Palo Santo Marron. Past its alcoholic finish lies strong tones of vanillin sweetness; had there been any sort of oaky presence, you could have almost fooled me into thinking this was barrel-aged. While it’s damn enjoyable, it’s a bit too reliant on brute force and heavy handed sweetness to be a world beater.
M: Super soft, super creamy, which is exactly what is demanded. I could use a touch more body to help conceal the alcohol better. The finish is super, ultra, mega, uber sticky, and this does create a slightly less harsh feel. In fact, it’s actually un-impossible to drink given its sweet and boozy nature. Still, drinking a bottle of this solo would turn into a chore.
O: It has the general profile of an English-style barleywine...but the bigness and brute force of a ’Merican one. Having said that, this is one of DFH’s better offerings, and obviously a great aging candidate. Even fresh, the booze is hidden relatively well. Relatively. If I ever buy this again, down in the ground they go.
Late 2016-Early 2017 bottle from Val-U aged for a year. Pours a pretty copper with a finger of off-white foam that lingers, then dissipates. Very fruit-forward nose: bright raspberry, plum and currant. Sweet on the palate without being cloying. Dried apricot, fig and more fresh plum, and apricot. Some raisin and currant as it warms. Finish is a bit warming but feels nowhere near 15%. Really solid. allfreej (567) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 24, 2017
A January 2017 bottle after almost a year in the cellar. Tawny pour, light head, decent lacing. Nose is sweet malt, golden raisins, and old wood. Flavor is sweet malt up front with enough carbonation to balance things out. Little to no hop flavor or aroma. Finish has a hint of alcohol heat, but that’s only to be expected.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Tide (4564) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 6, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2017 Draught at Beer Basement tasting. Copper color, white head. Bitter taste with citrus, resin, dried fruits, alcohol, pine and toffee. Bitter finish with citrus, dried fruits, resin, toffee, alcohol and pine. Good, but way too boozy. eggburner (3) - - NOV 21, 2017 does not count
Pouring with a smaller foam head
Aroma of alcohol first then of fruity cider
Smooth and flavorful until you swallow then the alcohol burn hits the back of your throat. Good barely wine style but at 15% alcohol it’s a sipper.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone rami_pl (4783) - Warszawa, POLAND - NOV 6, 2017
Rami Rami is drinking an Olde School (2017) by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery at Chmielarnia Marszałkowska
Chyba za swiezy troszke, ale fajny mimo to, te owoce dowaline czuc w smaku, slodkie, nieco syropowe, goryczka niemala. W sumie smaczne to, a bedzie imho lepiej
Mariox (391) - Warsaw, POLAND - NOV 4, 2017
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2017 W aromacie melasa, ciemne owoce, czyć słodowość, lekki karmel, ale dość mało intensywny aromat, alkohol się przebija. W smaku dość słodkie, goryczkowe, lekka kwasowość. Całkiem treściwe, alkohol mocno wyczuwalny na finiszu. Nie jest to ideał w stylu... The_Osprey (9666) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 31, 2017
October 2017 - Bottle share in Hackney. Big thanks to Kenny. As 'Dogfish Head Olde School Barleywine', a mere 15%, 2005 vintage. Hazy orange, still, foamy off-white head. Aroma is orange and resin, also a little oxidised. Body is smooth, soft to low carbonation. Taste is sugary, some orange peel, rich malts, alcoholic finish. A little oxidation showing up in the middle. Hard to escape that at 12 years old but still very drinkable and an enjoyable beer. (6-4-7-3-15=3.5) MrTipple (6952) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 29, 2017
Intense caramel, molasses, dark, sweet malts. Hazy born, no head. Heavy sweet. More caramel, sweet grain malts, molasses, soft carbonation, full bodied. Very nice Barley Wine, aged not too bad. Bottle shared at Leighton's - thanks to madmitch76! mR_fr0g (13977) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 26, 2017
Bottle shared at Bodney Road, 23/10/2017. Many thnaks to Kenny for this one. A nice hazed amber orange coloured pour with a halo of beige head. Aroma is mint, toffee, light oxidised. Flavour is composed of minty, toffee, nutty, jammy, strawberry jam, age. Palate is medium sweet, slightly oxidised. Chewy. . Mellow age. Little dusty. Leighton (22773) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 23, 2017
Bottle shared in Hackney - many thanks to Mitch. Vintage 2005. Pours unclear amber with a small, foamy off-white head. Meaty aroma, some caramel, oxidation, bread, fruitcake. Big sweet flavour with lots of ripe, meaty berries, caramel, low bitterness, just a little earth, figs. Full bodied, super thick and chewy, oily, with fine carbonation. Warming finish, lots of sticky toasted sugars, ripe berries, dates and gigs, cherries, fruitcake. This has aged reasonably well. Pretty damn sweet. Great fun.