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RATINGS: 1265   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.


2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 5, 2003
Bright copper color, served in a big wine goblet at the brewpub. Nose is candyish and sweet with no alcohol hidden. The alcohol is prevalent above all else in the nose. Very sweet and quite malty. Unbalanced and not coming together well at all.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WISEGUY572 (1373) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2003
UPDATED: APR 14, 2006 Maybe Iím just getting tired of beers that are too strong, taste of figs, or beets and carrots and strawberries, and finish like cough syrup. I would have loved this beer a couple of months ago. It has too much alcohol, and tastes like a raison díetre on a fruit cake, which I guess it is. Not bad as a dessert beer. Somehow this one just works out be less than the sum of its ratings. Rerated on 5 May. The balance is better than I initial thought. The flavor is as good or better. And the beer is perfect with hot and sour soup, barbecued pork, or hunan food in general. Works much better than a lager, much better than a plum wine. // Trying it again after a couple of years and I like it even less than before. I still love the brewer. I really, really donít like the style. Itís too strong, too fruity, with too much obvious alcohol. If Iím going to drink extreme beer, Iíll stick with their WW Imperial Stout.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - APR 27, 2003
Nice clear amber copper body with light head. Body slightly thinner than anticipated for this 15% brew. Alcohol well balanced with the malt. Light hop bitterness within the fruity palate. Too easy a brew to drink for its strength.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
LilBill66 (9) - Glassboro, New Jersey, USA - APR 11, 2003 does not count
This was a GREAT ale on tap at the brewery, but it was a GOOD ale in the bottle. It seemed flat, maybe on purpose, I don't know. The flavor was there but I liked the carbonation at the brewpub. I'm aging a few bottles so we'll see.

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - APR 3, 2003
Pours a copper color with a small, white head that actually lingers a minute before dissipating. The color is amazingly light for such a strong barleywine. I was expecting a much darker pour. Interesting aroma of fruits, most notably apricots and peaches with a touch of yeast, almost like Belgian strong ale. Wow! This is unbelievably smooth in flavor, with little carbonation and flavors that change from orange to apricot and finally to peach. The finish is sweet and fruity. There are absolutely no alcohol notes to be found, which is quite a feat considering its 15% ABV. What a remarkable barleywine. Marvelous!

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
stefanberggren (135) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 31, 2003
Nice creamy pour with a tight head of foam. Really fuity nose and an almost almond/orange bouquet to it. First sip and I did a double take as it was like nothing I have experienced with a barleywine style ale. Very orangey and smooth with no real hop character, completley relying on the malt which took to much of the front seat if you ask me. Nice, but not my favorite.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (7779) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 13, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2005 Flirtatious sweet oranges mingle with a copious maple syrup...Beatific apricots and suave figs encounter fulfillment in the gregariousness of a white wine/flower petal hybrid...This citrusy and yeasty caress of smooth and complex Dogfish Head elegance wakens a volatile volition...

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ravidesai (947) - Bombay, INDIA - MAR 12, 2003
a big beer. fruity with a lot of dry-fruit elements. dates,rasins, and citrusy hops. very tasty with a lot of subtleties. the taste intensifies as the beer warms. palate was alittle thin and lacing. another solisd beverage from dogfish.

3.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
omnivore (270) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 3, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2006 Re-rated: I brewed this beer three years ago. The only difference is that DFH filtered it. Itís amazingly like a doubled triple golden. REALLY good. Very hearty. I must have had a bad batch the first time. --------&# original rating: The beer had a slight urea smell. Yeah, thatís right. That, alone made me hesitant to drink it. The flavor, luckily, was only citrusy and tangy. Overall, it was not impressive. Dogfish Head has done better.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - MAR 1, 2003
UPDATED: APR 14, 2004 Re-rate: aroma is that of pear and port. Soft mead-like body (at least in the 12 oz.)Soft mouthfeel, glides across the tongue.>>Fruity, lots of caramel and...raisins? Beautiful and the alcohol is well hidden. I watched the lacing make pretty pictures for awhile and know that I'll be getting more of this as soon as I can.


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