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RATINGS: 1289   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.


4.2
   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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ruffian (149) - montvale, New Jersey, USA - MAY 7, 2004
Somewhere between being a pale brown and orange in color. Little white head quicly fell back in. Really sweet, hops take the back seat. Get some very late alcohol bite and lingering bitterness. I enjoy it, kind of young, should improve with age, time will tell.

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 (372) - 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 (4616) - 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 don’t care for it as much myself but I can still appreciate it if that makes sense.


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