Dogfish Head Craft Brewery (Milton, Delaware) will officially reintroduce Olde School Barleywine as a limited release beginning on Tuesday, January 3, 2017.
First released back in 2002, Olde School Barleywine quickly achieved the status of being one of Dogfish Head’s most popular seasonal beers. This is in large part thanks to the addition of dates and figs to tame the trademark hop bitterness found within the American-style Barleywine. Although this ageable ale weighs in at a sturdy 15% ABV, it proves to be a gentle giant that is “beautifully balanced . . ., dark red to amber in color, with a sweet and velvety flavor profile and huge complexity and warmth.” You can either enjoy Olde School Barleywine fresh to enjoy its full hop power or stash your bottles away in the cellar to later experience developing “oxidative characteristics, including honey and toffee flavors and aromas, and lessened bitterness.”
“Our approach was to do a new world take on traditional English barleywine,” says Dogfish Head president and founder, Sam Calagione. “American style barleywines tend to be more hop-forward while, in comparison, English barleywines are malt-forward and develop their fruity attributes from the esters. When properly aged, the pit-fruit and sweet, sherry characteristics mature into something spectacular.”
Olde School Barleywine officially returns on January 3 as a Limited release offering. This brew will be available in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles at craft beer-friendly establishments found in Florida and throughout the rest of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery’s 31 state (+ D.C.) distribution footprint. Olde School Barleywine is released quite infrequently these days, so be sure to grab an adequate supply this month to hold you over until its next release. Prost!
Vital Information for Olde School Barleywine from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Release – Limited, beginning January 3, 2017
Style – American Barleywine
Original Release Date – 2002
ABV – 15%
IBUs – 85
Added Ingredients – Figs & dates
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles
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