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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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fraternie (815) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2003
Headless. Smoky aroma. Innivative as always from this brewery, unlike any barleywine I have ever tasted. ABV is covered extremely well. Malt seems almost thin--a bit sweet, finish seems vegetable/spicy with a hint of smoke. ABV never becomes very present but the beer gets overly sweet as it warms. Moderately hoppy.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Suttree (5131) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 12, 2003
Considering that this is a Dogfish Head product, I thought this was a little timid. Orange, no head. Not cloyingly sweet, and citrus hop flavors dominate. There was a very oily mouthfeel. Maybe it would be better with some age (not to say it was bad now)

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 11, 2003
Pours a golden/amber color with almost no head. Notes of sweet malt, caramel, toffee, honey, and just a touch of smoke. The alcohol is also quite evident throughout, but it’s not overpowering. Good, but not great.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 8, 2003
Very little head, amber / orange in color. Peach and hop aroma. Thick and sweet tasting, slightly bitter and acidic finish. Not the best from Dogfish BUT I have learned that their bottle conditioned beers i.e. 90 minute IPA, get much better about a year or two down the road. Just like the lable on the bottle says, you should burry on of these in you back yard for 2 years. I"ll settle for half a case in my basement! Update coming in one year!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JAN 4, 2003
Pours nearly flat. It has a hazy amber color w/ a thick feel on the tongue & a sweet finish. Definitely taste the malt & perhaps some honey-like flavor. Nice, but not great.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - DEC 26, 2002
Nice slightly amber color. Light hop aroma. Hops balnace the sweetness and alcohol nicely. Enjoyable, but not quite whzt I expected.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 25, 2002
UPDATED: APR 3, 2005 The pour a transpicuous deep copper color, the head sparing and whats there evaporates quite quickly leaving a fair to middling bit of lace. The aroma of over ripe plums, deep malt, lightly sweet and pleasant enough with the start malt and molasses sweet. The top thick and malt rich, finish is ferine in its acidity, hops pertinent in the spicy presence, dry long lasting and somewhat bitter aftertaste. Alas could it be the 15.5% ABV, as I feel a warm feeling working its way up my “tummy”. Whew a real robustious beer to be sure and certainly not meant for the weak and infirm of palate cus this stuff will take the hide of an Armadillo, Geez I love these “Big Old Bad Boys”. Ranks #516 on my current 1000 beer master list.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mikejmadden99 (103) - Mountain Top, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 18, 2002
This barley wine from Dogfish is copper to dark tan in color, with little or no foam. The smell is of hops, with a slight fruity hint. The taste is masked by the alcohol taste, with does complement the hops well, but it is just to alcoholy tasteing for me.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rib Eye (147) - USA - DEC 11, 2002
Cloudy amber and fizzy with a quickly disappating head/ w slight lacing of the glass. Flavor is elusive but only suggestive of a traditional barley wine. There is malt. There is hops. But this tastes a bit flat and uninspired. Perhaps the suggestion on the bottle to bury it and dig it up a year later would help. It could be it just needs some aging. Fresh it is definitely boring for a barley wine and definitley not worthy of Dogfish Head. Disappointing overall.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
obxdude10 (2037) - Limerick, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2002
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2003 Poured on the hand pump at the Philly Real Ale Rendezvous 8, what an incredible beer, very little head, very sweet aromas, a ton of variety of flavors, the alcohol in this brew is very evident in the flavors especially the aftertaste as the alcohol flavors just seem to hang around forever, but this is an exceptional barleywine


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