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RATINGS: 1269   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GeniusGirl (221) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 30, 2004
bottle. deep honey color with delicate white head smells of prunes, alcohol, rasinbread... flavor of syrupy sweet figs and the concoction you made by skimming off all the liquor you could find in your parents pantry into one bottle... this heats ya up, thatís for sure! drank in celebration of finally finishing Bleak House... the novel that seemed to never end...

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 28, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2006 10/28/2004 - Looks to have been bottled in January í04. Cloudy brown-orange body, cloudy because I dumped some yeast in at first. Iíd call the aroma "sharp" because I get alcohol and some sprucy hops. Thereís some sweet dark bread notes too. The aroma gets knocked a bit because itís not that interesting and the alcohol is readily evident. Big fruity notes in the taste, dates, apple, white sugar. Thereís a light burning sensation on the roof of my mouth from the alcohol but I canít really taste it. The finish is sticky-sweet, peach, apple, sugar with a light spruce hop bite. A sweeter barleywine, gets points for masking its alcohol content very well. 5/2/2006 - Another Jan í04 bottle thanks to Jason. Clear orange amber body. Smells great - honey, candied orange and some caramelly malt. Pretty hot still! Thereís a smooth fruity raisin / canidied orange sweet malt throughout but hot alcohol distracts. The finish is marred by Rumblemintz-style alcohol hotness.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GoldenSpunky (120) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 15, 2004
Unreal! hows is this beer 15% alcohol??? how is is possible?? This is an unreal barley wine. I have to say it is a toss up between this beer and old horizontal for the best barley wine ever. When I took the first sip, that every so sweet and ever so smooth nectar met my lips with pure delight. If you have 4 bucks to spare buy this barley wine and you will enjoy a well balanced great tasting beer that you wont soon forget.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
alaskanwarren (286) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 15, 2004
Poured from the bottle at Falling Rock Taphouse. Honey colored. Malty fruity aromatics. Taste alcohol up front but it moves away and lets other flavors come in and stay for awhile. Swish the beer over the tongue for awhile and you can taste the dates and figs. This is an extremely rich beer. Find someone to share it with. Itís very special.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - OCT 14, 2004
Cloudy orange-brass body; Nice buttery yellow at bottom and autumn leaves at the top. Head is thin, cottony white and does a decent job of lacing the interior of the container. Looks a little old (hopefully it isnít). Smells of apple, sugars, lime and lemon. Taste is gorgeous. Sweet, silky and medium-thick. Similar to syrup. Begins sweet with cherries, apples then lemony hops, raisins and figs. Sweet fades a bit, getting a little roasty (thatís about it for the hops), then ends as nothing but figs. Figs, figs and more figs until you take another taste. Very good, complex beer. 15% alcohol is cleverly hidden in the robust flavors. This is like the 120 IPA and WWS: a ton of flavor packed with a tremendous wallop of alcohol, and somehow they make it all work out smoothly. Only qualms possible for this beer are the lack of aroma and the overall sweetness of the brew. The sweetness is debatable as this is a barley-wine and maybe I shouldnít be criticizing it. But if you plan to drink the bottle by yourself, it will definitely become an issue.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badgerben (4478) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 13, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2007 Re-Rate. I think I rated this at the Map Room before so I figured Iíd give it another shot. Murky, dark copper color with a medium head. Sweet malty aroma and very sugary. Thick, yet somehow light, malt. There is definitely a hot spice likely from the alcohol. I have some to let sit for a year, so weíll give it another try then. Bottled in January 2004; Tasted October 3, 2004: Hazed amber color with no head. Very little barley in the aroma. Kind of a dry and bitter taste. The alcohol was quite well hidden. Eh, there just wasnít much to this one. Decent, but not outstanding.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
robertsreality (2460)
- Minnesota, USA - OCT 7, 2004
Amber Coloring. White Ring Alcohol Aroma. In the Flavor As Well. Spice, Bread Dough. Some Prunes/Raisins. Noticable Warming At The End. Dry. This One Packs a Punch. Donít Drink When in a Hurry.. Very Good Brew!

3.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crosling (1863)
- Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
Pours a orangish peach. I really like the color. I had little trouble developing a head, and suprisingly it is staying throughout the session. Lacing isnít bad either. I just spilt this on myself. God dammit. Aroma is barely there. This tastes really good especially when you consider the ABV. This is definately a barley wine that concentrates on barley to achieve its flavors. Not very hoppy. Very fruity with citrusy fruit, overiped but seems to be perfect. The malts provide a flavor that is very sweet with caramel and molasses. This is a very good beer.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cornfield (5482) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - OCT 2, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2006 Good Good Good. Pours a hazy dark amber with a miute head that quickly reduces to nothing. A dried fruit aroma with a bit of caramel malts and a dash of alcohol. Has a fruity taste, a hint of citric hops, and surprizingly low alcohol presence. A very thick, sticky drink. Warming, too. This may be my fave barley wine style.

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3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
aracauna (3094) - Georgia, USA - SEP 25, 2004
Medium amber/tan body with a light foam head that fades to a weather pattern. The aroma is heavy on the overriped bananas. Combined with the bit of caramel and other malt aromas, itís like smelling a batch of fresh-baked banana pudding. Iím not picking up much on the figs, but I do get a bit of date action in the flavor. Very fruity. Edges on being too sweet, though. Very interesting beer, but being interesting is never a problem for Dogfish Head.


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