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RATINGS: 1320   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.


3.5
   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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
haukur (1430) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - MAY 1, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2004 Peaches and plums were dominant in the aroma. Friots were too dominant in taste, a hoppy brew but not for my likings .. a let down for a barley wine

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrinkingbuddyD (129) - Warsaw, New York, USA - MAY 1, 2004
A delicious, but simple barley wine. Flavor is less complex than the majority of barley wines. A little too thin, and not as syrupy as expected. Very well done though. The sweet and malty flavor hides the alcohol well. You don’t realize how much of a punch this one packs until the bottle is finished. Delicious.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
steview (1036) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAY 1, 2004
great nose (thick and unoffensive liquor, deep and sappy fruity forest, hmm... something, etc.) ! but the whole is off from what i expected. perhaps it needs to age. the palate doesn’t support its flavor. it feels as if the mouthful should carry more complexity and what i sense is a sweet fig newton that dies into a dry and bitter nothingness. it looks purdy, however, no justice can be served for now. in any case, it's still good ;o) the aroma is what is most striking - great aroma!

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 (2504) - 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 (389) - 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 (2518) - 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.


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