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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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - SEP 15, 2004
Murky orange color with no head. The aroma was dominated by dried fruit...dates, figs, raisins, apricot. The flavor was quite sweet...apricot, raisins, honey, and some citrusy hops bitterness...mild alcohol burn in the aftertaste. The feel was soft and wet...coating...not too thick. Pretty good. Thanks footbalm.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madsberg (10184) - SÝborg, DENMARK - SEP 11, 2004
Bottled: Golden coloured. Dusty. Beige small head. Sweetness, alcahol, malt and some spices in the aroma. Flavour is full of sweetness and alcahol. Some caramel notes. Is very sweet and somewhat unbalanced in the end. Thanks Jens for sharing.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ungstrup (29287) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - SEP 11, 2004
An unclear dark orange beer with a small orange head. The aroma is of caramel and alcohol and is quite sweet. The flavor is dry with notes of caramel and alcohol.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 1, 2004
Poured a hazy glden hue with a small white ehad. Aromas of sweetness and slight alcohol. Flavors were very sweet with a thick mouthfeel and the sweetness seemed to linger. Not much depth to this brew as I have grown to expected more from DFH brews.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 27, 2004
cloudy, light amber, aroma of lightly burnt malt, some alcohol, flavor is sweet , little hops in the finish. not overly complex but fairly decent

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hawksfan17 (890) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 24, 2004
Smells sweet, hoppy, of alcohol and citrus. Pours hazy orange gold with no head really. Flavor is similar, I definitly taste the hops and fruit. The alcohol taste is hidden but you sure feel it warm you up as it goes down. As I drank it more though I tasted it more and more and also smelled it. It was a little too much for me. The finish is bitter. I have said this time over again that I donít like the more bitter beers etc. This is decent enough though for the style, but I donít think I would drink it again.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - AUG 20, 2004
Strong caramel, some citrus notes, subtle alcohol, kind of brandy like. Bronze color, with thin, foamy off white head. Flavor has caramel, sweet, with some bitterness in the finish. Creamy.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (7860) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 5, 2004
As for Samís description, I definitely wouldnít bury this one and come back a year later for it. Itís too good now for that. Plus, between the moles and my dead relatives, this bottle would be sucked dry in no time. At any rate, this one pours very turbid gold, with a minimal white head. The aroma is complex, with hints of big malt, fruit, port, cabernet, cognac, and hops. The finish is firm, malty, with fruit, a slight acrid hoppiness, and some citrus. The alcohol is there....I estimated 8%....I was blown away when I saw this as 15%!!!! Perhaps not quite as complex as some barleywines Iíve had, but this one was very good. The bad news is that having had this and a 25 ounce Avery The Czar tonight, Iím going to have to save my 120 minute IPA until tomorrow night...........LIVE.......in the chatroom!.......with special guest Mike Tyson (OK, Iím kidding about that last part). Another winner from Sam Calagione and DFH.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - JUL 28, 2004
7/24/04. Poured out of 12 oz. bottle, sampled at San Diego Barley Wine Tasting courtesy of SDbruboy 7/24/04. Surprisingly light color, almost honey-colored light golden tan. Nutty aroma with harsh alcohol, fruity sweetness,and big bitterness. Not much head, but good retention and decent lacing. Big, sweet flavor and wood burn. Pretty nice, and its got some elegance, but itís a little ordinary without doing much to justify its 15.5% alcohol (or hefty price tag). Pretty decent, but disappointing coming from the DFH boys.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 28, 2004
Bottle. Poured orangey gold, creamy thin head that left gorgeous lacing. Subtle fruity aromas, figs are noticible along with hints of raisins and other dried fruits. Flavor is sweet, rich and syrupy, apricots and mild hops, alcohol is noticible but not overpowering at all. Smooth, thick body and sticky! Definitely a unique brew.


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