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RATINGS: 1269   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
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 27, 2004
Bottled in December '02, sampled on March 27, 2004: Pours a clear glowing orange with a thick, nicely lacing head. Aroma is boisterous, boasting a strong caramel malt presence and a nice hoppy balance. Body starts thick and caramely sweet with a pleasant complexity and hints of light fruit. Finshes dry, full and with a slightly warming palate. A nice barleywine that hides it's alcohol very well, but might be a bit over the top with regards to balance and drinkability.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zach8270 (3502) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAR 23, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2008 [bottle] Pours a slightly hazy orange color with lots of carbonation. One of the lighter barley wines I have seen. Definitely can smell the alcohol, but it is also mixed with some caramel and malt. Strong malt flavor with a citrus and caramel undertone to it. Finish is very strong with a hard alcohol bite. Very creamy mouthfeel.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (8099) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 22, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2004 Feb, 2004 bottle - Clear orange appearance. Musty nose of oranges, soap, butter, wood, and butterscotch candy. The alcohol bites at the back of the throat, with a roasted nut and orange flavor. Spiced finish. A bittersweet beer tonight... one of the few that survived the theft of my truck.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 20, 2004
Golden pour with a light head. No lacing really. Aroma of grapes and alcohol. Some caramel. Sweet malts that are balanced nicely. Alcohol is not too overpowering either.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAR 19, 2004
Light pale golden color with a light oily head and a little lacing. The aroma is full of alcohol with some muskat grapes and tons of alcohol along with a brandy-like sweetness. The flavor is well balanced and moderately sweet to diminish the alcohol. Interesting barleywine, extremely high gravity, almost like a brandy.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hotstuff (4139) - Indiana, USA - MAR 19, 2004
Bottle. A small sized creamy and smooth white head with fine-medium sized bubbles that quickly dissipated. The body was carbonated and slightly hazy with an orange hue. The nose was hoppy, sweet and fruity. The flavor was alcohol, sugar, tart, tangy and hoppy. The mouthfeel was tingly and the lacing was fair.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - MAR 18, 2004
Copper colored with a small head Nose is malty with a hint of alcohol. Taste is fruity (you can really tastethe dates) and sweet, almost no carbonation.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
guzzler67 (1509) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAR 17, 2004
Hazy, orange appearance with a small head. Sweet, fruity, yeasty aroma with a hint of licorice. Malty, sweet, full-bodied taste that produces a very smooth mouthfeel with only slight bitterness. Agreeable, warming finish.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thedm (4948) - Fort Wayne, USA - MAR 16, 2004
This bottled brew from 1/03 poured a medium sized head of white colored fine to medium sized mostly lasting bubbles that left behind a fair lacing. The body was a uncarbonated hazy light yellow brown color. The aroma was a mild barley wine type with hops and malt. The mouth feel was potent and very vinuous strong like I would expect from DFH. Very hoppy strong finish very vinuous yet smooth and warming. It makes your mouth tingle after wards for a long time. You can clearly taste the alcohol content in this one. Another "Potent shit" beer from our friends at DFH. Wow!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 14, 2004
Golden colour with a thin white long lasting head. The nose is flowery and hoppy. The taste is full of hops with lots of alcohol and sweet malts. This is quite suggary. The body is tangly and spicy. Very good.


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