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RATINGS: 1266   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2004
Thick, hazy and still looking with no head. Aromatic malt/biscuit smell with hops and alcohol. Very fruity in flavor with some cookie, hops and an alcohol bite. The strength is well hidden. Chill haze clears as it warms. Very good.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
boto (1854) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - DEC 30, 2004
12oz. bottle: I left this one sit in my basement for a year before opening it. This one is an orangish-golden color. It is quite opaque for its color. There is very little white head to it, which drops off rather quickly. Very potent aroma. It is a sweet malt with fruity nuances. A hint of sourness comes up also. The taste is superb. Quite a rich taste. The malts are strong, but the sweetness is diminished. I get a bit of a whisky tinge to the taste. It does not come through as an alcohol bite as some do. In fact, I have had much more alcohol taste in 7% beers than this. This is really superb.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - DEC 27, 2004
Copper orange color and not any real head on it. Tart malty aroma with a decent representation of orange and starfruit. The flavor is sweet and fruity with a finish that is earthy and has a bit of oak and butterscotch. The alcohol is suprisingly hidden in this nicely complex beer. This will definately be a joy to drink again after I age it for a few years.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 26, 2004
Aroma has rich malt, butterscotch and caramel. Dark amber, almost no head. Flavours of malt, caramel and butterscotch are a marriage. Well balanced, extra smooth, wonderful mouthfeel. Marvelous!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - DEC 26, 2004
candy alcohol and syrup aroma, super light orange with no head, creamy orange liqueur with subtle spicy hops and a warming alcohol finish, definately needs a few years below ground

3.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JMerritt (1803) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2004
Bottled, at the Maproom in Chicago. Cloudy orange with a small white head. Rather light aroma, with piney hops and caramel malts. Piney, moderate to high bitterness, with a nice caramel and Girl Scout cookie-esque malt backbone. Very syrupy and thick - a truly warming beer, especially at 15%! Alcohol is hidden tremendously well.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
davesarman (159) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2004
Sweet, syrupy aroma. Malt, honey, fruity, some hops too. Pours like the aroma, looks syrupy. Light copper color. Medium carbonation. MIld frothy head that thins out, but a little hangs around, which for a beer this strong is pretty good. Big and sturdy beer. Lots of malt sweetness. Some fruitiness in there as well. Hops are present, but not dominating as in some of Dogfish’s beers. Nice fruity presence from the dates and figs. Finish is warm and soothing. This is a 750 ml bottle, and I’m on my own with it! I hope I can make it to the bottom of the bottle before I hit the floor!

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - DEC 23, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2009 Bottle from Matta. Medium amber colored beer. Thin white head forms slowly and fades to a small film. Some lacing. Aroma is sweet, fruit and gum. Thick mouthfeel, coating the tongue and palate. Sweet for sure but hops are also present. Alcohol warms the belly. A very good Barleywine but not overwhelming. Rerated Jan 09. Bottled 2007. Still has that gum-like aroma, not unpleasant. Medium bodied. Harsh and a bit boozy. The fig/date thing isn notworking for me at this time. Not a BW that I would choose to buy again.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - DEC 17, 2004
Crystal clear copper with a quickly fading head. Aroma of dark fruits and tropical fruits. Taste has more of the fruity sweet citrusy notes plus plums, raisins, some cherry, mango and various other tropical fruits. Has a ton of sweet malt (toasty malts) and plenty of hops. Alcohol content quite prominent on the back end. Slightly bitter aftertaste. Very syrupy and full on the palate. Very nice barleywine, I would love to have this aged a few years, perhaps mine is too young to get blown away quite yet.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
roder60 (1284) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2005 Figured I’d try it since it was only $4 and is equivelent to drinking three beers... Poured a thick looking golden yellow clear color with very very very minimal head that dissapears before you get back to your table. Kinda resembles a glass of honey. Aroma is very sweet and syrupy with some fruit notes and even a little hops. Taste is very weird sweet fruit with some definite alcohol flavor. It does mask the 15% rather well, but you can still tell its there. Overall, I thought it was just too much for me. I would have enjoyed a slightly milder, less sweet version, but I am still glad I tried it.


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