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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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - JAN 24, 2004
This was bottled, 01/04, so very young. Will update over the years.... Pours orange-yellow with a slight head. Aroma to me is a mix of apples and alcohol, but that doesn't mean it ain't other stuff. Flavor is rich and malty, with a big sweetness and an alcohol burn. Well fermented, so not too sticky, but complex in the fruit department. I can't wait to be able to up my rating after this ages.....

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JAN 24, 2004
Pours a deep blonde with a quickly diddipating white fluffy head. Smells of figs and raisins. This is 15%??? Does not taste anywhere near that. Very little hop aroma or flavor. No roastiness to balance the sweetness that Marris Otter provides either. With that malt a beer has to be balanced to not become cloyingly sweet. Either roastiness, as in Fuller's Vintage Ales, or hops, as in Young's London Special Ale. This is good but becomes very cloying as it reaches room temp. and it certainly does not compare well with DFH's other super strong beers.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JAN 15, 2004
Loooooovely. Bright and clear amber, much lighter than expected. Nice aroma, lightly fruity, some sweetness. Lovely flavor. Big, punchy burst at the front, bright peachiness with a really nice bubblegummy sweetness. Seems impossible that this is 15.5%, alcohol is barely noticeable. Has a bit of an odd spiciness, seemed almost minty. Good palate, viscous and syrupy. Yet again, another exceptional offering from DFH.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 14, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2005 2004 Batch - Man this is a good beer. Clear medium amber body. The color of this beer in no way prepares you for what you are about to experience. Sweet peachy malty aroma that is simply awesome. The flavor out does the aroma, which is a bold statement. Massive sweet malty, hoppy, fruity goodness. Full massive body. This is a truly excellent barley wine. I have not had previous vintages and am likely the first to rate the 2004 vintage so I can not compare, but this beer deserves high acclaim. Wow.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - JAN 10, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2004 2002:750mlLet down. Oarnge/red with a small ring of head. Aroma is floral,fruity,and figs(if you didn't get that by now). Mouthfeel is creamy,but the texture is slightly watery. Starts sweet,somewhat fruity. Finish is sweet,and slightly hoppy. Really doesn't do much,just drinkable. Ok though.Thanks Mittenstein!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 5, 2004
Thick amber liquid with a smaller lid of cream colored bubbles. Light fruity notes, similar to a triple, a hint of floral soap as well. Sweet honey flavors. Raisins and overripe plums. Light alcohol in the finish along with a touch of gut warming. Too sweet and not much character.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JAN 4, 2004
2002
Murky orange body with no head or lacing.
Very rich and malty aroma. Sweet too. Lots of fruit like orange, peach, figs and maybe some strawberries. Complex aroma.
Orange and fig flavors dominate among the big sweetness of the brew. A crazy yeastiness. Honey with a citric bite at the end. Alcohol is 100% masked.
Extremely smooth from the cellaring time. Rich and thick on the tongue. Crisp yet still long in the finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jaymobrown (1664) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 24, 2003
A mid-brown color. Smells of apricot and bread. Swet slight cloying flavors. Mild apple brown sugar. Smooth like a cough syrup type texture. Definite fig taste. Very sweet and thick. Good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeM500 (1905) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - NOV 21, 2003
2002, aged one year. Beautiful dark amber with strong fig cookie nose with hints of alcohol. Very sweet, malty, less alcoholic than expected, smooth and enjoyable. Finish is a great mixture of hops and fresh gooey dates. Fruity, figgy, chewy aftertaste. No hint at it's near 16%abv. I'll open another next year.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6038) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 17, 2003
Thanks to Joe (marinaro500) for the tasting: Medium amber/orange hue with a good creamy off-white head and fair lace. Aroma hinted of cookie dough, floral and grassy hops, pine, honey and yes, figs! Very sweet taste upfront with a bitter and slighty astringent undertone. A mild fruity charcater is also found during the tasting, an interesting combonation of citrus and ripe fruits. This medium-bodied brew as a slighty syrupy and soft mouthfeel with a moderate alcohol touch. Very unique and quite tasty beer, worth the effort to seek out.


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