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RATINGS: 1320   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
   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

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ratman197 (11222) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 31, 2005
What a disapointment! This has nothing I expect in a barleywine except big alcohol. Pale gold color, subdude nose, and very light flavor. One of the worst Dogfish beers ive had. Come on Sam you can do better than this.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2005
Being a fan of "big sippin’ beers" I figured this 15% Barley Wine was a deal at $3.49. After all WWS and 120 Minute command a $7+ price tag. However, on my first sip I realized why. Even at 15% this brew just really doesn’t have the muscle and complexity of the aforementioned two. Pours with a orange-gold color. Maintains a thin white head. The alcohol tends to really dominate the aroma and flavor with some ripe peach, apricot and white grape in the background. Would greatly benefit from some crystal malts added to the grist since the malt profile is a bit tame here. Don’t perceive the dark fruits (dates,figs) as the product description espouses. Finish shows some moderate flavorful hop profile, but is also a bit solvent in nature. Overall mouthfeel and palate is a bit on the thin side. Kinda disappointed with this one from DogfishHead.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
1FastSTi (3344) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 29, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2006 The aroma is of peaches, raisins, and a medium brick cheese. (Well, at least that’s what I thought.) I shared this wonder with MIBRomeo last night. Anyway, the appearance was a very bubbly light copper-gold color that had a thin white head and spotted lacing. The palate was dry yet creamy that was livey in it’s carbonation. The flavor was of alcohol, grass hops, allspice, pepper, honey, flowers. It had a good belch. 8, 3, 7, 4, 14 = 3.6

I retried a 2 year old bottle of this. Quite good. It has improved much and is much easier to drink. The palate is perfect.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 28, 2005
great thick white head w/ a nice carbonated bubbles and a nice golden color, one of the best looking light colored beers I’ve seen. the aroma is a nice subtly containing alcohol, w/ a nice hoppy backbone and hints of peaches and another fruit I can’t destinguish. the palate was rich and creamy w/ a nice kick of carbonation. flavor comes out as a honey and alcohol in the first then hints of raisens, peaches, malts, and hops, the malty & hoppyness is fairly light for a barley wine... overall it was very good.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ClarkVV (4211) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 28, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2005 Vintage 2003 (pictured at left), but on draught. Surprising color, not knowing anything about this beer. Bright, lucid yellow-golden, with a slight hint of lightly hazy orange. Moderate, even, white head that sits atop obediently. Aroma has hints of peaches, unripe nectarines, perhaps some light fig notes (wouldnt be able to tell if I didnt see it on the description, though), with some flowery, herbal orange honey blossom-like notes. Tremendous dry fruit esters, with some restrained alcohol ntoes as well. Flavor starts out with a big honey and orange zing, very warming immediately, with the alcohol perceptible from the start. Light peach brandy notes, some rusty, earthy metallic notes as well. Dry fruits abound, with a dry malt base, not entirely unlike North Coast Old Stock. Very strong herbal qualities, with not much, if any, of the sweet, sugary notes I would expect from the dates. Finishes, alcoholic, heavily floral hops, some citrus and a bit of malt. I hope the 2002 750mL bottles are maltier than this. Medium-full to full body. 7/4/7/3/13
2004 bottle (green cap) Sampled at Moan and Dove on 8/19/2005. Light peach-apricot yellow color, medium-sized bubbles and a small covering of white head, not terribly well retained, with only a bit of lacing here and there. VERY clear. Aroma of light yellow fruits, pale malt sugariness and some dry, leafy hops. Flavor is lightly fruity, moderately bitter, lightly acidic and has a pretty good alcohol apparency. This year’s version isnt even as syrupy as the last, which in this case is a bad thing, IMHO, as this just seems like a sparkling beverage, light and unbalanced with alcohol. No substantial body on it, very short finish with peach skin, some oranges and sugar. Medium body, though pretty light relative to style. 7/3/6/3/11

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (9524) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 26, 2005
I found it a cross between a traditional barleywine and an American Pale. It is an attempt to improve on the roughness of American barleywines, and I think by Joev they did it. The smell of barleywine, although surprisingly pale colour. Some hops and barleywine not over the top. Tasty if you care somewhat for the style. I do I do.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - JAN 26, 2005
Bottle - HUGE malt and alcohol nose. Dirty gold and full of floaties. Beautiful head of tiny, tiny white bubbles. Big malt flavor up front with a surprisingly fruity finish. It warms quickly and so did I. Could use some aging, but I’m not nearly patient enough ... I gotta buy ’em aged!

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 25, 2005
Pours too light for a barleywine. It was a plain orange/ light amber color wtih a thin head which dissipated fast. Why would you make a barleywine with only pale malt? I like a fair amount of crystal malt in a barleywine for a good sweet backbone. It is even more confusing becuase this is so strong- it leaves hardly any malt backbone to stand up agaisnt the hops and alcohol. The body suffers becuase of this as well- as this one comes out too thin. The hops arent even that pronounced either. I dont know what the deal is with this beer, but I didnt like it very much, and I really doubt that this will get better with age. Maybe the best thing to do would be to stick this one in a hole but instead of memorizing where you put it- you should try to forget it.


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