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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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
haddon90 (1466) - 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 (330) - 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).

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JFGrind (1844) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 13, 2004
Even thought the bottle sampled was cellared for a year flavors were lacking. Sweet taste, maybe a hint of figs(?), but heavy alcohol flavor in the aftertaste. Thanks to dberger for bring this to the RB Philly Gathering.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 9, 2004
Fresh bottle, dated 1/04. Amber, rising carbonation, tons of dark floaties, small off-white head. Sort of a mellow PNW hop with perhaps some noble hops with some sweet malt. Rich mouthfeel; the 15% is well hidden. A touch of alcohol in the finish. Quite sweet, with exotic fruits and major PNW hops. A great sipper.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - FEB 8, 2004
12oz.Bottle 1/04(the notching was off set apearing 03).Sweet mellow aroma of fruit(peachy,orange peel,vanilla,fig,octane)Very silky smooth thick mouth.Tangy dry aftertaste.15% kept in check pretty well.Yeast chunks,orange amber,short head/lace.Very easy to drink.I can see why it recomends burying a bottle.This will be a challenge to keep around for a year.This beer tastes much better at warmer temps.Two off the wall barleywines from these guys.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - FEB 8, 2004
Honey-syrupy with a slightly cloying aftertaste. Hints of cherry and wood and the hops finish a bit rough. Could probably use a year or two of ageing. Had at RB Philly gathering February 2004.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
crazyvin (1939) - New York, USA - FEB 8, 2004
Brown/amber appearance, little to no head. Wood tones and alcohol in the aroma. Taste was sweet with hints of oak in it. Mostly malt tones gave way to a nice lightly bitter finish. A sweet alcohol taste was very apparent throught the beer. Good.


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