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RATINGS: 1334   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 450   ABV: 15%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hotstuff (4639) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 19, 2004
Bottle. A small sized creamy and smooth white head with fine-medium sized bubbles that quickly dissipated. The body was carbonated and slightly hazy with an orange hue. The nose was hoppy, sweet and fruity. The flavor was alcohol, sugar, tart, tangy and hoppy. The mouthfeel was tingly and the lacing was fair.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - MAR 18, 2004
Copper colored with a small head Nose is malty with a hint of alcohol. Taste is fruity (you can really tastethe dates) and sweet, almost no carbonation.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
guzzler67 (1615) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAR 17, 2004
Hazy, orange appearance with a small head. Sweet, fruity, yeasty aroma with a hint of licorice. Malty, sweet, full-bodied taste that produces a very smooth mouthfeel with only slight bitterness. Agreeable, warming finish.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thedm (5280) - Fort Wayne, USA - MAR 16, 2004
This bottled brew from 1/03 poured a medium sized head of white colored fine to medium sized mostly lasting bubbles that left behind a fair lacing. The body was a uncarbonated hazy light yellow brown color. The aroma was a mild barley wine type with hops and malt. The mouth feel was potent and very vinuous strong like I would expect from DFH. Very hoppy strong finish very vinuous yet smooth and warming. It makes your mouth tingle after wards for a long time. You can clearly taste the alcohol content in this one. Another "Potent shit" beer from our friends at DFH. Wow!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 14, 2004
Golden colour with a thin white long lasting head. The nose is flowery and hoppy. The taste is full of hops with lots of alcohol and sweet malts. This is quite suggary. The body is tangly and spicy. Very good.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - MAR 13, 2004
This beer poured somewhat lighter than I expected. It was a hazy orange-yellow color with slow carbonation. The aroma is quite sharp and bitter. The feel is very full and warm while also very soft on the palate. There is a very strong sweetness, seems to contain hits of honey and orange. The sweetness is taken over by nicely balanced bitterness.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - MAR 12, 2004
Amber color with no head.Aroma is sweet with some hops. Taste is complex with orange being the strongest fruit flavor.Alcohol is strong and lingers. Smooth in the mouth.Finishes sweet with the perfect amount of bitterness.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jables (101) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2004
Pours a honey amber with a nice haze. Nearly no head, which could prove to make for a nice silky smooth mouthfeel. The aroma is sickly sweet candi sugar, some subtle caramel and citrus rind. Tastes like a hearty sweet caramel dipped in honey wrapped with an orange rind dropped in an about an ounce of good single barrel rum. The bitter orange rind and alcohol hold the intense sweetness from falling off the cloying edge, but they are just toeing the line. Mouthfeel is silky smooth and near syrupy. I found the mouthfeel incredibly appropriate considering the gravity of this brew. Low drinkability associated with the unmasked abv, but quite delicious when taken with temperament.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
EddieG (169) - Palos Heights, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2004
Alcohol overwhelms a bit and hte beer is somewhat oen dimension. Not a bad beer bu tnot thick and complex like most great barleywine. On the plus side, the beer initial flavor of sweet prunes and caramel last through the beer and make the beer pretty enjoyable

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 6, 2004
Orange amber hue with a big head and lots of lace. Big hoppy/floral aroma. Very big alcohol flavor, quite malty, sweet, lightly fruity (cherry), missing some of the complexity of realy good barley wines.


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