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RATINGS: 1275   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   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.


4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jayzz (378) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
joelfaber (28) - Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2014
Bottle at home. Poured amber with very little foam. Aroma shows the high alcohol content with some citrus too. Taste like dried dates, vanilla and a hint of licorice. A tangy flavour lingers for a while. Medium body, not sticky like I was expecting. Very good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MarinEvelyn (581) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 26, 2014
hops, date. Taste is bold, dry, hoppy finish. Decent amount of alcohol, malty, fruity, caramel, some spices. Took me a while to distinguish everything, decent beer.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbaaron (1315) - Arizona, USA - NOV 26, 2014
Bottled 10/27/14 - fresh. Pours deep fiery orange amber with a creamy blanket of beige foam. Beautiful, complex aroma immediately shouts quality barley wine. Malty and fruity. Balanced leaning towards sweet. Caramel, citrus, vanilla, spice, dark fruit (esp figs), moderate alcohol. Full body. Creamy. High alcohol on the palate and in flavor. Certainly warming. The alcohol seemed to lead the flavor here, drowning things out a little for me. Some patience with this would be rewarded down the road I think.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wxman (1460) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - NOV 24, 2014
On tap at Global Brew. Pours a Hazy brown with a full white head. You even get plenty of lace on the glass, which surprises with the high ABV. Smokey bourbon aroma. Taste is sweet caramel malt, scotch whiskey, rock candy, and toast. This is really busy, but well balanced and excellent.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hfmejias (784) - Dover, Delaware, USA - NOV 23, 2014
12 Fl. Oz. Bottle. Pours clear, copper, small off white head and not real lacing on the glass. Aroma of dark fruit, some grain, caramel, quite earthy (nice). Taste, is sweet, certainly fruity, malty, for such a high ABV the booze is well hidden. Nice brew, a sipper, but nonetheless very enjoyable.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FestDecBeet (203) - - NOV 23, 2014
Look: pours an amber color. Off white head. Slight cloudiness. Smell: alcohol. Toffee sweetness. Vanilla. Taste: heavy alcohol burn. Dark Fruity sweetness. Apples. Bread. Not overly hop flavored. Feel: very thick mouth feel. Medium carbonation. Slight dryness makes you want another sip. Overall: great beer. Would love to see what a year or more does to it. First drank: home 11/23/14, 2014 vintage

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (6031) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 18, 2014
"VERY smooth. you can taste the dates and figs in the malty sweetness. almost no hops to speak of, and therefore not a very well balanced beer. More for the english style fans than west coast. strong, but smooth, as the 15% abv warms your belly. 11/11-pretty hot eight out of the gate, but nice already and ages very very well. 2013 even hotter. Their really good big bears seem to be going downhill."

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCollinsJr (2) - - OCT 10, 2014 does not count
Pours a light honey brown, in keeping with one of the predominant flavors of this excellent beer. Fig and candied fruit (apricot in particular) are at the fore, along with the malt and aforementioned honey. I detect just enough hops to cut the sweetness. There is a thin white head, with almost no retention. I had this on tap in a stemmed glass in Kentucky. Would love to find a bottle to cellar for a year or so. Send some south, DFH!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkmagus82 (1786) - - AUG 29, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 3-3-13- Poured from bottle into a snifter glass Appearance – Pours a hazy copper orange with a tiny off white head. The head fades very fast leaving only a scant amount of foam on the top of the brew. Smell –The aroma is of biscuit and malt mixed with lots of fruit aromas of darker fruits . Mixed with these aromas are a almost light astringent turpentine aroma as well as aromas of some herbal and earthy hops. While the turpentine aroma exists it actually is rather appropriate and matching to the other sweeter, maltier and boozy aromas of the beer. Taste – The taste s very malty and sweet upfront with big bready flavors and a strong fruit flavor of a mainly of a fig and raisin nature mixed with a strong caramel and brown sugar taste. These flavors create a base for the brew and are joined by many other tastes throughout. A light alcohol flavor comes to the tongue more toward the middle of the taste and persists to the end, but for a 15 % abv brew, it is actually very mild. Other fruit flavors of apple and tangerine come to the tongue as well with an augmentation of the dark fruit flavor. More toward the end of the taste there is a very light lemon flavor as well as a slight citrus hop taste that mixes with the rest to overall leave a rather sweet, malty, and just ever so lightly boozy and hopped flavors. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is thick and syrupy side with a very low carbonation. Both are very appropriate for the style as well as allow all the wonderful fruit and bready flavors as well as complement the boozy and lightly hoped flavors quite well. Overall – This is a very tasty and sweet with a very well hidden alcohol taste (at least for a 15 % abv brew). A very nice and quite easy drinking for a barley wine. Delicious.


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