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RATINGS: 1287   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - JUN 15, 2004
Pour is a hazy golden color with very little thin head that is gone before you know it. Aroma is somewhat malty and vineous, quite pleasant. Malty flavor initially, with some ethanol warmth. Surprisingly smooth, definately some sweetness. I can taste some macerated pit fruit (apricots come to mind), this must be the influence of the dates and figs. This is a very enjoyable barleywine, quite easy to drink taking the 15.5% ABV into consideration.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ericnixon (740) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 30, 2004
Nice mild rasin and earthy aroma over a cloudy deep orange. Everything about this resonates smoothness. Wonderfully smooth earthy, bready malty flavor with some figgy thrown in. The only indication of the high alcohol content is the spreading warmth across my face. Great stuff!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 26, 2004
(Bottle) Pours a cloudy orange color with an off-white head. Has an aroma of caramel and alcohol. Flavor is of alcohol and fruit.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 25, 2004
Dark amber, small off-white lasting head. Nose is full of lush fig and raisin, some earth and light wood. Sweet bread, dried fruit, malt, and a shot of honey are the major flavor players. You have to work really hard to find the hops. Maybe look in the upper deck, last row, left field bleachers? Anyway, full bodied, soft carbonation, sweet (walking the cloying line gracefully), very smooth finish. A great after dinner sippin barleywine...

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - MAY 19, 2004
Pours honey colored with a thin head. Sweet wood and a touch of smoke and some dates with a thick mouthfeel. Very sweet bordering on cloying. Alcohol dosnt make an appearance till halfway down but given the ABV is still quite a feat. Finnishes with a fair amount of bready malt.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jeffin7 (612) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - MAY 18, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2004 Pours with a thin creamy head, much more head then I would expect from a beer this big. Aroma is of raisins and dough. I could not smell the alcohol but I could feel it a bit on the inhale. Flavor is of a soft raisin, a nice sweet dough, and a bit of licorice. The alcohol is noticed as a warmth on the tongue slight burn on the back of the throat. For the ABV I think that the alcohol is well hidden, or more accurately well incorporated into the overall flavor. Very nice sipping barleywine.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - MAY 13, 2004
Pours cloudy orange with little head. Aroma is fruity and alcoholic. Mouthfeel is prety thin. Alcohol burn with a somewhat cloying sweetness. Lingering alcohol in the finish. Fruity. Decent but lacking against the best barleywines.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TChrome (1425) - Bedford, Texas, USA - MAY 12, 2004
Beer pours lightly cloudy orange color with a big off white head that mostly dissipates. Aroma is highly alcoholic to the point I had trouble picking up other aromas. Flavor is better. Strong fruit flavors, some maltiness, but again a bit too much alcohol burn. Alcohol just is not hidden well enough for my taste. Will try again in a year or so.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tobias (203) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - MAY 11, 2004
fruity, sweet aroma with little head. very thick and syrupy. tastes of figs and raisins and apples, with a nice warms alcohol sensation. i love this beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 7, 2004
Honey colored body with a faint haze. Aroma of candied citrus, apples, figs, leather, honey, and alcohol. Substantial parties of bitterness and sweetness battle to stalemate in this intense, concentrated brew. Grows on you and becomes quite appealing. And then you’re drunk. Great with chocolate-covered strawberries.


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