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RATINGS: 1324   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 450   ABV: 15%
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.

   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 Iíd go.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Kevin (2158) - New Mexico, USA - MAR 26, 2005
pours rich amber with a thin light tan head. aroma is what is great about a barley wine. aroma is alcohol, fruit, chocolat. like a piece of fudge washed down with a nice rum, yet all in the aroma, i havenít taste it at this point. o.k, the taste is chocolate, alcohol, plums, strawberries. very reminiscent of an old numbskull, but toned down just a touch. it is a bit sweeter(i donít like comparing beer A to beer B, but these are very similar in quite a few ways) rich and wonderful beer that i will get more of. great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - MAR 24, 2005
poured a copperish color with a small off white head and a nice malty aroma. Full mouthfeel with a nice warm sticky sweet malt taste. another solid beer from DFH.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAR 24, 2005
Poured a thick golden copper. Big malty aroma. Flavors of caramel, sugar, and a little fruity. Hops and alcohol helped balance the sweetness. Full bodied, smooth, slick, and thick. Very warming.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 22, 2005
Elbowing against Olí Hoí for the title of my favorite barleywine, this is a wonderful brew. Iíd love to see the IBU count on it -- itís not posted on the website. Great malt complexity to it without being overly sweet. Balancing hops are incredibly well done. Very enjoyable beer. It sounds to me like Aspidites got his hands on some Immort.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 13, 2005
A very one dimensional and sweet beer. Some lite fig with way too much sweetness. boring and cloying beer. I sent a bottle to a friend at a distillery who ran the abv. It came in a very disconcerting 11.2% nothing like the 15% claim.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
flemdawg (549) - Rowlett, Texas, USA - MAR 12, 2005
I was told that this tastes better in the big bottle than it does in the 12oz, so when Eyedrinkale brought out a 2002 big bottle, had to rate it. Hazy amber color wth very little head at all. Fruits( apples, pears, cherries) and honey in the aroma. More of the fruits in the taste, the same as in the aroma. This was very tasty indeed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HopasaurusRex (195) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2005
2004 Vintage-Iím glad they started putting this in 4-packs because one 750 bottle was just too much alchohol to get through without calling the neighbors over. I have to say it wears itís 15% very well and is very well balanced. One of the best DFH beers, next to WWS. Nice malt, well integrated with the hops and yeast character and a nice beer overall.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
DrnkMcDermott (2921) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2005
Sampled from bottle. Gunky. Pours light in color with lots of "stuff" in suspension. English hops at the front, and very sweet malts. We missed the fruit conditioning entirely. Alcohol content is high, but not too harsh or warming. We get the feeling we could do flaming beer shots with it. Too many unfermented sugars. But Iíve got three more bottles, so Iíll try again later.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 19/20
Dogfish120 (143) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 5, 2005
Tried this brew tonight. Very smooth mouthfeel, pours a amber with off white lacing and creamy head. Fruity tones with fig and date. Alch. presence is very hidden despt 15% Abv. Finishes smooth, much like the 120 IPA.

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