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RATINGS: 1336   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 7, 2005
Brown/orange w/ gold highlights, thin lasting head and thick lacing. Soury fermented fruit w/ citrus notes on the nose... Soury fermented fruit w/ hints of grapefruit and citrus notes in the mouth... The mouthfeel was light and crisp w/ slight effervescence.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - JAN 6, 2005
This beer came courtesy of eyedrinkale at the welcome visitors gathering at obriens last night. This beer pours a clear amber and light yellow mix color..very atypical of a barleywine..almost confusing. There was no head and no lacing here as would be expected with a ridiculously alcoholic brew. The aroma is all over the alcohol, and caramel as is typical with barleywines. Vinous hints as well, but pretty mainstream nose. The flavor is full bodied from the brandy-like alcohol tinge... some citrus and orange, heavy malts and fruit peels...finish is syrupy oily mouthfeel, thick sweet and tangy. Big time tang and bittering hops... this beat the living hell out of my palate, but it was still fun!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JAN 3, 2005
zach says its ugly and I agree. honey, syrupy nose, a bit of muscat grape flavor, butterscotch, late alc and whiskey, very warming and likely far too young.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
heemer77 (5294) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JAN 2, 2005
Beautiful darker copper coloring. A thin white head. Aroma is sweet mixture of maple, sweet bread and caramel. Mouthfeel is thick and greasy. This has the tastes of vanilla, maple and some butter. Also this contains hints of cherries with some cinnamon. A sweet honey finish that is also dry. Overall, a great barley wine. I have three more bottles that are going to age with my other barley wines. Hard to believe that the ABV is so high! Thanks for the delivery, Milkmandan.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2005
Poured a deep orange color with very minimal carbonation, which surprised me. A rather interesting thickness as a result of little carbonation. Aroma of strong hopping and light malts. The taste is really quite interesting in that there is little evidence of the alcohol, due most likely to the huge amounts of malt that went into this. This is probably the maltiest extreme hopped beer I’ve ever had, definitely a barleywine. Very very good. Looking forward to the aged ones!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
YogiBeera (2570) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 2, 2005
Golden color. Small frothy head, leaving laces on the glass. Soft carbonation. thin bodied. Very hoppy nose. Cereal and malt taste comes first. Middle is nice with apricot and grapefruit taste. Nice spicey finish. Unbelieveable that this has not a heavier alcoholtaste - good job.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
SkyinBrian (430) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 2, 2005
2004 bottle. color is orange with hint of amber and a slight haze. sweet and malty taste with carmel and some hints of dried fruit. alchol is not as raging as i expected. this was actually quite smooth. a good deal of body as well considering the 15%. finsh was dry and not real bitter. ive got a few more bottles that i may just have to bury in the woods.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crockett (1089) - Southampton, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 1, 2005
Pale for a Barley Wine. Alcohol rang in at 12.5%abv. Pours lighter amber with a lasting medium sized browned butter head. Toasted malt, brown sugar aroma. Well layered in the flavour department, although butterscotch is screaming at you pretty loud. Plenty of juicy green and burnt hops. Sticky and resiny. Spice and fruit bread malts. Alcohol is reasonably concealed. Tastey. Immort Ale is a better example.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JAN 1, 2005
Clear golden color with a small white head. Mildly sweet malt aroma with hints of grapes and alcohol. Flavor was light malt, then a nice hoppy middle, with an alcoholic finish. This definitely could have used some ageing as this was a fairly young bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dorwart (2535) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 31, 2004
Decent head. Settles nicely to about a 1 inch layer of foam. Light carbonation. Not a very intense aroma, surprisingly. Bit of sweet malts, light hops and some alcohol. Very little roasted or caramel character. Hops become more prominent as the brew warms. Color is a nice dark orange. Flavor is a bit weak but very smooth. More malts, big alcohol that makes the mouth tingle. Thin to medium thickness in the body. Thinner that the usual barley wine. Must be all of the alcohol thinning things out (wink, wink). Finish is warming and pretty clean but leaves the gums tingling. A decent brew but does not compare to some of the other barley wines out there.

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