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RATINGS: 1318   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 13, 2005
Pours a clear copper color with a thin white head. Good aroma and flavor of floral hops, fruits, caramel and alcohol with a bitter finish, the alcohol is noticeable but not dominant, the body is heavy enough to mask some of the 15% abv. Full body, liquorous texture, soft carbonation. Pretty good.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cfranz (261) - Acton, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 11, 2005
Whoah, this packs a wallop! Nice and sweet and smooth. Tastes of dried fruit - apricot and pineapple. Good to drink this, good to drink this. I forgot to put it into a snifter, what a snafu.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rederic (3207) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 9, 2005
Amber hue, sweet toasty malt but mostly fruity aromas of apricots, candied oranges, follow through a fruity, sweety medium-bodied palate, where the warmth of his alcool is giving compagny to his roundness,releasing his fineness malt accent where a hint of acidity is comming to say good bye.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerandrugby (210) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 9, 2005
bottle. poured orange with a very small white head. immense round malt flavor, very bready, very warm and sweet. Very nice mouthfeel. The fruit aspects of this brew were prevalent on the malt, to me it seemed lightly hopped to give it some balance. alcohol was barely present on the palate...a very warming beer.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MillStreetMan (152) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 7, 2005
The initial nose on this one is like cheap women’s perfume, but once it warmed up, it mellowed out and was quite pleasant. It’s a rich, golden colour that almost looks like burnt caramel in a glass. The flavour was deliciously rich, packed with sweetness and fruit. If there is a complaint to be made, it’s that the flavour, while excellent, feels like it’s holding back that extra bit that would push it over the top. As well, the finish is a bit quick, leaving only the taste of alcohol nearly as quickly as the beer is swallowed. A good attempt nevertheless.

1.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Gooner8110 (17) - Michigan, USA - FEB 6, 2005
This is almost like someone is playing some kind of sick joke on me. Did I read the label correctly... Barleywine? The color was light orange to peachy, with little head. Aroma was decent, but again, not that of a good Barleywine. The flavor wasn’t all that bad.... for a pale ale. It’s a shame these guys put so much alcohol in this, because it could be an easy drinking ale. $15 4-pack is ridiculous, mind-boggling and offensive.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fulkrum78 (175) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 3, 2005
A lighter version of the barleywine. Nice foamy head, big bubbles therein. Fades within about a minute. Nice lacing. Light hoppy aroma. Light flavor with alcohol almost transparent. Warming in the belly. Pretty decent entry!

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
PierreCelis (14) - USA - FEB 3, 2005
A little pale colored for a barley wine. Nose reminded me of Robitussin. First taste sweet and cloying - much alcohol. Bitter cough syrup finish. Tasted in a session with Old Crustacean and Old Numbskull: both good. Olde School was an amateur attempt. Not pleasant.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hildigöltur (5104) - København, DENMARK - FEB 3, 2005
Orange coloured. Alcohol and caramel aroma. Very sweet and rather alcoholic flavour. Unbalanced.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 1, 2005
apple juice appearance...aroma is full of spices, mild hops and sugars; very smooth palate; flavor is abundant of spices, sugars, with a touch of caramels and honey


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