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RATINGS: 1261   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   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.


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
OldGrowth (2595) - North Carolina, USA - MAR 2, 2004
Bottle: Good nose, honey, cream, ABV. Hazy orange gold, good head that tapered down to ring. Sweet and sharp. Fruity orange ,apricot. Oily, creamy feeling. Warming, kinda get a 120 thing going on, but very tasty.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - MAR 2, 2004
Well done high octane barley wine. The 15% is hardly noticeable and the beer actually has a head and lacing. Nice syrupy mouthfeel in accordance with style and high ABV. Good stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 1, 2004
Very enjoyable and pretty darn sweet. Light colored for a barleywine. Not much in the way of hops. As with most barleywines, this is all about the malt, and malt it delivers! I detect some fruit and alcohol flavors. Given that it's 15.5%, you'd have thought it'd taste much more of alcohol than it does. I can certainly see why some say they taste apricots in this - there's lots of sweetness here. Almost syrupy, let the color is that of a pale ale. I loved how undercarbonated it was. Figgy.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Aubrey (3430) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - FEB 29, 2004
Bottle: Orangey-amber and mostly opaque. Interesting nose, with elements of musty yeast and grapefruit rinds. Some stinky cheese notes as well. Mouthfeel was really nice -- thick, rich, and weighty on the tongue. Malts were somewhat sweet, but not too sweet. Kind of doughy and yeasty. Hops complemented the big malts well. Fruity (apricot, orange, pear, and more) and earthy. Alcohol nipped nicely, but much less than I expected, considering the high alcohol in this puppy. Throat-warming was there though. Nice beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Frank (2733) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 28, 2004
Peachy! No, literally, this reeks of those peach ring candies along with apricot, pear, and a cornucopia of fruits. Bittersweet and slightly syrupy. Almost no carbonation. Surprisingly not hoppy for an American made barleywine. It's almost English in that respect. Olde school, maybe?

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
haddon90 (1429) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 27, 2004
Amber/golden color with a slim off-white head. Nice aroma full of grapes, hops, and come citrus. Nice taste. A hint of the alcohol hits the back of your throat. Malty flavor. Great finish. Very well conditioned Barley Wine.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - FEB 24, 2004
Copper body with little if any head. Sweet, fruity aroma and a sweet, fruity taste. The bottle suggests burying this and coming back in a year to drink it. I have two buried in my cellar and maybe it will rate better next year. Must say that DFH does try interesting things.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 20, 2004
Bottled at a RB gathering in Philly. Was a little disappointed in this one. The only thing I tasted was malt, which was a little thin, and alcohol.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 17, 2004
Pours a nice amber with a thin white head that didn't last. Aroma of mild fruits and spices. Peaches and figs. Nice mouthfeel. Nice and creamy. Sweet and fruity on the tongue. The fruit comes through and a lot of hops. Nice job of covering the alcohol. This was a very enjoyable beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VAYankee (327) - Virginia, USA - FEB 15, 2004
Orange/amber body with a very short-lived offwhite head. Sweet fruity(plum, orange) aroma with but a hint of alcohol. Starts with a sweet malty flavor that includes fruit, yeast, fig, and vanilla. The flavor then becomes a bit sugary. The alcohol finally shows in the aftertaste(which is a nice, mellow, lightly dry and lightly fruity).


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