Monday, February 15, 2010

Dogfish Head Olde School Barleywine

Everyone knows I'm a huge fan of barleywine (and if you didn't the name of the blog should be a clue). I'm always on the look out for new ones, especially when I am out of town. This particular offering from DFH is one of those picked up outside of Houston. Unfortunately it's one of the few brews we don't get from this Deleware based brewery. As with most DFH offerings this one is big with a capital B.
The Beer: This one weighs in at a hefty 15.0% and pours an orangish color with a thick foamy off white head. The nose is of alcohol, hops, citrus peel, caramel malts. The nose is full and chewy, strong hop flavor up front. Notes of biscuits, marmalade, syrup, strong alcohol notes, but it doesn't ruin the flavor. This one unexpectedly is over the top, flavor wise. All flavors are intense, not just the alcohol. In the finish there is an unexpected smoothness that keeps this beer drinkable. A sipper for sure, but still something that over time gets better, smoother, like a good bourbon, which this beer has some notes of. Soul warming on a cold night. Great beer, really enjoyed this one and it gets a B+ from me. Here's what the folks at BA think.


Anonymous said...

I've been meaning to try this one. I had 50/50 luck with barleywines. Some are great and some are terrible. Brasserie Dieu du Ciel Solstice D'Hiver is a really good barleywine from Canada. Great review!

Barleyvine said...

That Dieu Du Ciel beer sounds good. Haven't had any from that brewery before, will have to look out for it next time I am up in Canada.