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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.


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.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sloth (2491) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - FEB 23, 2003
Hazy copper color.Short lived whiteish/gray head.Fruity, grapey nose.Full bodied brew.Flavors of wine,honey and fruit.Sweet all the way through.How bout some more bittering hops?Cant wait to bury my bottle!?

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Trappist (284) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 22, 2003
This is the best Barley Wine that I have had so far, nice dry taste that finishes well, and not too sweet, very good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (9170) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 13, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2003 This beer rocks! I was gonna save this bottle and open it a year from now. Hell, that's like giving a fat chick a box of chocolates and her promising to not eat it all for a year. Ain't gonna happen. To me, this excellent Barley Wine is a cross between a Belgian trippel, a hefeweizen and a Flemish sour. This ale is a slightly hazy, coppery orange hue. Medium-sized, creamy, off-white head. Mostly diminishing with cool lacework. Great aroma!! Warm alcohol up front with notes of Oak, citrus, fuzzy fruits, white raisins, dates, figs and buttermilk. Also huge notes of dry white wine. Along with the fruit and wine, caramel and butter seep slowly up one's nose. Regarding the flavor; I cannot imagine how good this Barley Wine would be with another year of aging. The flavor isn't quite "through the roof", but it's drilling quite a hole. Caramel, English toffee and tons of fuzzy fruits up front. Chardonnay, citrus fruit, apricots and lightly bitter herbs on the backside. This barley wine is excellently well-balanced and the very high ABV, though slightly evident, is fairly well hidden. Full-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Lengthy, tart, citrusy, herbal finish. Wow! I just burped... and a whole grapefruit just flew out of my mouth. Not an attractive picture, but you get the point. Not Your Father's Barley Wine! Underrated and highly recommended! Another great offering from a great brewery!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - FEB 10, 2003
Surprisingly smooth, but nicely big and malt barleywine--just dry enough to be enjoyable. An easy drinker.

3.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ni209 (67) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 6, 2003
Whoa. this is a kick in the arse. i now see why its called barleywine, tho. this baby pours almost like water and has very little head or carbonation. after a half pint i felt it creeping up. the taste was sweet with a multitude of flavors, as Dogfish tends to do. first a fruity- hint followed by a vanilla. very strong linger. i even tasted some cinammon. this is quite a bellywarmer and i feel that it would make a good after dinner sipper. the aroma was pretty light but i could tell it was deceiving. it reminded me of their Immort and Raison mixed. It comes in gallon fifths (750ml), so either share it or hand over the keys. very good stuff i say. the bottle says that it ages well, so i'm going to see how that works out. see you next year.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dorkasaurus (15) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 2, 2003
Fantastic barley wine. I hope I can save some and try it in a few months. They are a great brewer but in our area the prices seem to be creeping up rapidly!?!?

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Terminus (3249) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - FEB 1, 2003
hmmm, something off here-way to sweet and definately not hoppy. appearance was definately not that great either

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 24, 2003
MMMM....good!!! IMpressive! And I didn't even age it! Very sweet and fruity, as a barleywine should be, but its incredible alcohol content blows most others away. Apples, raisins, pears, and a wonderfully warm feel make this a perfect winter beer. The color is a bit lighter amber for a barleywine, but the flavor is so immense, who cares?

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
notalush (4872) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 24, 2003
Shazam! This beer was bottled last month, and by God it is most impressive for such a young barley wine! Aroma of alcohol, maple syrup and wood. Syrup-sweetness, almost sticky, with considerable malt presence. There is an earthiness to this beer that compliments the flavors of dates, grapes and cherries. It has an intersting, dry, and almost hoppy finish that is rather growing on me. The alcohol is so well masked, just like in all the other dogfish head beers (they should win an award for that alone). I'm thankful I had the forsight to buy more than one bottle, because this stuff is going to be amazing after it has aged a year or so.


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