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RATINGS: 1337   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JAN 22, 2005
UPDATED: APR 17, 2005 Note: original rating was a 3.0 (winter 04/05 bottle). 2002 sample courtesy of Eyedrinkale. Definately improves quite a bit over a couple years!!! Huge sweet malt aroma and flavor. More balanced hops, smoother body. Quite nice. Pours light orange with decent head that fades quickly. Aroma is caramel malts with some hops present. Initial taste is caramel but fades to all bitter hops. Scores alright in the categories, was a little unbalanced though. Think it scores higher because itís DHB.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pivo (2667) - GERMANY - JAN 22, 2005
Hoppy, malty nose - not so strong but very enjoyable. Pale golden amber color and a sticky foamy head. Smooth orangy malt with some fruity apricot that transitions to a broad, full-mouth hop taste. Impeccable balance really and there is no one component that sitcks out. Thatís whatís good about this, perhaps.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 22, 2005
Aged for a year in my "cellar" (box in the basement). This must have done the trick but I have not tried a non-aged bottle. Cloudy, darker golden color, chunks floating about from the last third of the bottle. Best at room temp. Big, round, fruity green grape, melon, apple, honey. Full, creamy, round mouthfeel, fills the palate gently. The 15% abv was hidden. I thought this was very good, I need more! I suggest aging this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mads Langtved (2244) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - JAN 22, 2005
Fruity aroma. A bit monotonous taste. Alcoholic finish. Very sweet palate. The 15 % alcohol is abvious. I coud imagine the taste would improve if it was matures for a couple of years. Donít believe in beer holes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gsteph (323) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 18, 2005
Clear, reddish copper pour with a solid white head with good retention. Sticky lace. Sweet caramel, vanilla, malty and high alcohol nose. Caramel apple and woody flavor with a peppery finish. Thick, creamy and smooth. Very good. Hard to mask the alcohol though. No Old Horizontal but weíll see after it ages some.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pailhead (6426) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JAN 14, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2005 Bottle: Aroma is rather sweet caramel and citrus and a light hop smell too. Pours a transparent copper with a decent white head but not a lot of retention. Sweet caramel up front with some citrus and a decent hop finish. Alcohol flavor in the finish increases as you drink. Kind of like a IIPA alcohol finish. This is different and doesnít really make me think of a barley wine. Iíd prefer to stick with their 60,90, or 120. A little let down with this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 14, 2005
Bright orange color, minimal head. Malty aroma, caramel, alcohol and whisky. Hard hitting malt flavor, oak is in the mix, caramel again, sticky yet drying alcohol finish (you didnít think they could actually hide that 15%. Solid, yet a bit one dimensional, particularly in comparison to the Immortale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 14, 2005
Odd color for a barleywine, pineapple mango or some exotic fruit plus a lot of malt in the aroma, along with a distinct alcohol presence, high fruit (apple) and malt taste with alcohol in the aftertaste. Tastes reminded me of the 120. Good but not great, at least not yet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtw (1153) - farmington, Michigan, USA - JAN 12, 2005
pours like....umm....a blonde ale. thin ring of head around along the edge touching the glass. super-fruity aroma, lots of malt. mostly pineapple, orange, regular apple--but reading the description i guess figs and dates make sense too. thick mouthfeel despite the monstrous attenuation, and a lightly floral hoppy finish. not bad, although i donít really think this is a barley wine....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nate (4199) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 8, 2005
Malty sweet and honey. Vanilla, oak, fruity hops. Vinuous with some alcohol vapors. Golden brilliant amber clear with thin off-white lacing head. Medium thick watery body with medium carbonation. Sweet malty start with honey and vanilla, alcohol. Warming sensation. Nice fruity bitterness in finish and after. Sweetness is pretty heavy, but bitter hops help cut it. After is short of cloying, but not by much. Would like to try again aged.

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