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RATINGS: 1337   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 450   ABV: 15%
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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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MagooinPA (101) - Rotonda Lakes, Florida, USA - NOV 3, 2007
12oz pour to a surprisingly white head with lots of carbonation for a 15% barley wine. I bought 2 and cellared one for a year from now. Head dissipates quickly and the nose is all fruit with a noticeable hops presence. Nice and thick with no hint the abv is a whopping 15% but it is hot like a new barley wine, more like 10%. As it came to room temp, the abv was more noticeable and the aromas were awesome. This will be amazing after a year of conditioning. This is my favorite barley wine to this point. Way better than Anchor Steam and all those other west coasters. Not bad for $3.95 a bottle!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jables (101) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2004
Pours a honey amber with a nice haze. Nearly no head, which could prove to make for a nice silky smooth mouthfeel. The aroma is sickly sweet candi sugar, some subtle caramel and citrus rind. Tastes like a hearty sweet caramel dipped in honey wrapped with an orange rind dropped in an about an ounce of good single barrel rum. The bitter orange rind and alcohol hold the intense sweetness from falling off the cloying edge, but they are just toeing the line. Mouthfeel is silky smooth and near syrupy. I found the mouthfeel incredibly appropriate considering the gravity of this brew. Low drinkability associated with the unmasked abv, but quite delicious when taken with temperament.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Megan (101) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 1, 2004
Smooth aroma, golden-red, cloudy appearance. Syrupy taste, strong flavors. Its a lot to take in at first. Fizzy but sweet finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FriendOfBeer (101) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 5, 2014
Murky Amber appearance. Strong carbonation, notes of figs and apricots. Long bitter finish. Very boozy. ---Rated via Beer Buddy

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
wnewberr (100) - Huntersville, North Carolina, USA - JUL 24, 2012
One of my favs in the style! Strong malt and alcohol aroma, the taste matches. Clarity could be improved upon is the only complaint.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
kapusta (100) - Olive Branch, Mississippi, USA - NOV 22, 2007
Powerful and pungent. Nice sweet-hoppy fresh aroma. Brownish red color with just a thin head. Strong and sweet with a pine/citrus flavor. Very busy beer. I sampled this the first time nearly a year ago, and I thouight it would mellow with age. Just tried again and it tasted the same. Still very good, but there is alot going on here. Should have waited longer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TopherDrinks (96) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - NOV 22, 2007
Pours brownish-orange with a small but tight head. Head dissipates within a minute leaving an off white tint on the top of the liquid. Strong smell of hops with undertones of alcohol, malts, and orange. Taste is of hoppy harsh alcohol! Second taste is hoppy citrus mixed with sweet malts, sugar, and apricot. Alcohol comes through strong but does a great job warming the body (just as I see fit for Barley Wines). New aromas of apricot and dates begin to come through as my glass diminishes. Smooth mouth feel once you get past the abv. Could have been better if they didnt make it such a big beer. But then it just wouldnt be a true DFH after all!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
45thstbrewer (94) - Conowingo, Maryland, USA - FEB 16, 2008
Dogfish Head Olde School Barleywine is definitely a unique brew. Its good but has a strong aroma and taste of alcohol. But for me I like the 15%. Havent had a barleywine that strong before.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rollingwood (91) - Maryland, USA - DEC 23, 2013
Damned near perfect beer IMHO. Complex quicksilver mouth feel, boozy and warming, with a balanced hop/malt profile. I wish I had the patience to age this, but we never can keep our hands off of it.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hopgeek (90) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 27, 2005
Pours a light copper to golden, rather light for a barley wine. Creates thousands of bubbles that cling to the sides of my snifter as I give it a swirl. Looks quite thick. Smells of sweet, sweet apricots. Flavor is also sweet and the alcohol is very present here. There are some citrus notes and apricot is found again. This is thick and sticky, leaves a coat on the palate as it goes down, pleasantly warming. Wow, this beer is freaking huge, I can drink one and its enjoyable... but thats about as far as Id go.


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