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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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - APR 29, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2004 Small head with a tannish honey color. Strong taste of alcohol sweetness dominates. Sticky feeling, like their 120 IPA. Overall, a very drinkable brew, though I hoped my roommate would have shared it with me. The bottle tells you to, man.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - APR 24, 2004
This beer poured a hazy orange amber color and formed a minimal bubbly white lace that left little lace. Some sediment is present with just a small amount of carbonation. An aroma of malt, a bit of hops and caramel with a touch of citrus. A flavor of malt, and carmel with a hint of the alcohol present. The finish is of a medium body and slightly sweet with a warming aspect of alcohol.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
radiomgb (2249) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - APR 23, 2004
Orange/copper in colour. Aroma of apples, oranges, peaches, mild alcohol and quite floral. Flavour of mild hops, some citrus and alcohol. Huge body, thick and very sweet. Finishes with alcohol, smooth, warming and a lingering bitterness. Thanks for sending this to me jeffc666.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
temporrari (381) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 22, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2009 Orange pour, cloudy. Minimal head. Overall it’s really just a lot of sweet, more than anything. Just like most DFH. Skip it.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 19, 2004
I really like the earthy figs and dates aromas and flavours Dogfish Head has offered up so I was partial to this one from the outset. Much paler than many other BWs but still a beautiful golden brown colour. Very smooth fruity flavour with minimal alcohol evident - another hide-and-seek coup from DFH.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TAR (2495) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - APR 13, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2009 2004: Straw-tinged tangerine. Compact, dusty-white bubbles throw sticky patches all over the glass. Classy aroma of toasted dough, brown sugar, graham, and pineapple atop a subdued bed of juicy hops and hosts of vibrantly clean alcohol and peachy esters. Thick, yet inoffensive, mouthfeel. Gentle, velvety carbonation. Moderate sharpness at first sip fosters just enough pineapple and juicy cantaloupe to soften the alcohol. Slight sweetness, from the bready malts, gains momentum the conclusion alongside a light expression of medicine and pineapple. Wonderful alcohol flavors coupled with the delicate esters and juicy hops. Alcohol washes away most of the bread notes, but leaves behind notes of melon, which impart more cleanliness, along with an obscured note of sweet figs and flower petals. Remains luxuriously clean well after the departure, with a touch of cognac and apple coming from the sparkly alcohol. The cleanliness is befuddling, considering the girth of this brew. Worlds better than last year’s version, with far less sweetness, a creamier body, less prominent alcohol, and much-improved togetherness. More than a handful beers half this strength dream about concealing their strength like this. Indeed a subtle, refined monster.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Indra (2618) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - APR 12, 2004
750ml bottle, dating from Winter 2002/2003, 15% abv. Sugary, fruity aroma, richly sweet with peppery, alcoholic vapors and notes of golden raisin, dried apricot, green apple, date, citrus, flowers and a touch of mildly spicy, herbal hops. Rosy amber color with an initially impressive head that soon faded entirely; no lacing to speak of. Flavor begins with a burst of hugely sweet malt, becoming more citric and fruity and with a faintly hoppy, acidic, bittersweet, alcoholic and very lengthy finish. Yeast pour seems to round out the flavor slightly. Mouthfeel is a unique combination of slick, oily and syrupy. Body is quite full. A stunning creation. Bears the unmistakable character of its place of origin.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 10, 2004
Bottle pours a crystal clear amber with a small white head and some lace spots. The aroma is citrusy hops, malt, and fruits. The flavor really does show the dates and figs along side a generous hop show. The palate is almost sticky. Overall, this is a monster brew.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - APR 10, 2004
Golden, clear, small white head. Sweet nose with peaches, cream, butterscotch, some fusels. Sweet flavor with oranges, apricots. Some bitterness in finish, and a strong, warming alcohol presence.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - APR 8, 2004
2004: Pours a vibrant orange/amber color and hazy. A very small head the clings to the rim of the glass. Lacing is excellent. Aroma is malty sweet with a hint of nectarines. Hops also prelevant. Flavor is very, very sweet up front and then the hop bitterness kicks in about halfway. The aftertaste is like that of a really good german peach schnapps. Huge syrupy body with a long finish. I'd have to say this is one of my favorite barleywines yet.


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