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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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAY 3, 2004
Bottled 1/04. Cloudy light gold color with nice white head poured in a Belzebuth glass. Big barleywine taste that reminds me of Blue Point Old Howling Bastard. Taste is honey, barley and dried fruits. Holy crap, this is 15.5% !!!! Imho, DFH beers are 50% incredible and 50% forgetable. Thsi is one to remember.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Eirikur (370) - hafnarfjordur, ICELAND - MAY 3, 2004
That was a big surprise. This Barley wine is a malts and hops bomb. it is so versatile, I could drink this anywhere, anytime. It makes me want more.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2004
Strong alcohol aroma with and almost stinging nature to it. Although dominated by alcohol, the aroma includes a nice hoppiness and fruitiness. It is a very pale slightly opaque orange color, unique. The small lacey head fades. The flavor is very smooth and well balanced. Starts sweet, malty, and slightly fruity. Finishes moderately bitter, malty, but clean. Although the alcohol is very obvious in the aroma, it is very well hidden in the flavor. The warming nature hints at the high alcohol content, but does not ruin the flavor in any way. Not quite as hearty as I expected.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 2, 2004
This is a brew I will certainly cellar. It was too sweet/cloying to me, tasted much like the 120 min at this point in its life. I will say, it is scary how well the alcohol is hidden. Might qualify as tops of any beverage in that category. I dont think a description is fair at this point, its supposed to mellow. I will re-rate this before the end of the year.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CapFlu (4524) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 2, 2004
(Bottle) Pours a medium-sized, frothy head that quickly dissipates. The body is orange. Nose of plums and grapefruit - another young bottle. Flavours are much more malty than the nose lets on - slight caramel with a cascade hops. The mellow malt is creamy against the tongue while the hops give a pleasant bite. Good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kalli (502) - Falun, SWEDEN - MAY 2, 2004
Strangely metallic aroma of fruit, prunes - or maybe plums? - and heady hops. More of that same fruit in the flavour, the sweetness masked by big hops.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Shadrach (176) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAY 1, 2004
Aroma was likened to candy corn or like a sweet caramel. Appearance was a light orange. The taste had a strong alcohol presence, almost brandyish in flavor and kind of like rock candy without so much sweetness mixed with strong alcohol. I donít care for it as much myself but I can still appreciate it if that makes sense.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
haukur (1306) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - MAY 1, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2004 Peaches and plums were dominant in the aroma. Friots were too dominant in taste, a hoppy brew but not for my likings .. a let down for a barley wine

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrinkingbuddyD (129) - Warsaw, New York, USA - MAY 1, 2004
A delicious, but simple barley wine. Flavor is less complex than the majority of barley wines. A little too thin, and not as syrupy as expected. Very well done though. The sweet and malty flavor hides the alcohol well. You donít realize how much of a punch this one packs until the bottle is finished. Delicious.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
steview (1019) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 1, 2004
great nose (thick and unoffensive liquor, deep and sappy fruity forest, hmm... something, etc.) ! but the whole is off from what i expected. perhaps it needs to age. the palate doesnít support its flavor. it feels as if the mouthful should carry more complexity and what i sense is a sweet fig newton that dies into a dry and bitter nothingness. it looks purdy, however, no justice can be served for now. in any case, it's still good ;o) the aroma is what is most striking - great aroma!


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