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RATINGS: 1322   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VAYankee (335) - Virginia, USA - FEB 15, 2004
Orange/amber body with a very short-lived offwhite head. Sweet fruity(plum, orange) aroma with but a hint of alcohol. Starts with a sweet malty flavor that includes fruit, yeast, fig, and vanilla. The flavor then becomes a bit sugary. The alcohol finally shows in the aftertaste(which is a nice, mellow, lightly dry and lightly fruity).

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JFGrind (1918) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 13, 2004
Even thought the bottle sampled was cellared for a year flavors were lacking. Sweet taste, maybe a hint of figs(?), but heavy alcohol flavor in the aftertaste. Thanks to dberger for bring this to the RB Philly Gathering.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 9, 2004
Fresh bottle, dated 1/04. Amber, rising carbonation, tons of dark floaties, small off-white head. Sort of a mellow PNW hop with perhaps some noble hops with some sweet malt. Rich mouthfeel; the 15% is well hidden. A touch of alcohol in the finish. Quite sweet, with exotic fruits and major PNW hops. A great sipper.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - FEB 8, 2004
12oz.Bottle 1/04(the notching was off set apearing 03).Sweet mellow aroma of fruit(peachy,orange peel,vanilla,fig,octane)Very silky smooth thick mouth.Tangy dry aftertaste.15% kept in check pretty well.Yeast chunks,orange amber,short head/lace.Very easy to drink.I can see why it recomends burying a bottle.This will be a challenge to keep around for a year.This beer tastes much better at warmer temps.Two off the wall barleywines from these guys.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 8, 2004
Honey-syrupy with a slightly cloying aftertaste. Hints of cherry and wood and the hops finish a bit rough. Could probably use a year or two of ageing. Had at RB Philly gathering February 2004.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - FEB 8, 2004
Brown/amber appearance, little to no head. Wood tones and alcohol in the aroma. Taste was sweet with hints of oak in it. Mostly malt tones gave way to a nice lightly bitter finish. A sweet alcohol taste was very apparent throught the beer. Good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
desurfer (1253) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - FEB 6, 2004
2004. Orange/amber body, small white head. Lots of big yeast chunks floating about. Very citrusy aroma, orange peel, and some woody tones. Slightly alcoholic. Taste very heavy on the maltiness, it's very sweet. Notes of oak with a mild hoppiness. I can kinda taste the fig in there as well. The alcohol is very apparent, but I like it. Probably could settle down for a year, but it's very enjoyable right now.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2004
1/3/04: bottle.
medium tan body. no head or lacing. nose of orange zest, honey, tea and alcohol. sweet, sugary, fruity flavor (orange and apricot in particular). surprisingly low alcohol flavor and very smooth to the taste. malt also apparent. this brew does not take long to hit! excellent barley wine (probably the best ive had to date). 2002 vintage

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 30, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2004 On tap at Redbones: Clear orange with a thin head. Cherry aroma, thick oily and very rich. Sweet as sweet can be. 2003 12 oz bottle: Hazy orange color and huge chunks of yeast with a quickly diminishing small head. Oranges and alcohol in the aroma, thick mouth feel, too strong tasting. This beer needs time, a lot of time to be ready.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 30, 2004
This is a hell of nice beer. Give it a year, or perhaps more, and its absolutely delicious. This rating is for a fresh release. Smells of gooseberry, freshly crushed green grapes, ripened plums and pears, orange, varying with temperature. Ruby orange, copper hue. Sticky whitish head, swampy lacing. Very sweet, firm malts, pleasant chewy body, syrupy, figs, ripened plums, cherry, vanilla, wood accents, leather. Alcohol is there, but I feel its subtle considering the 15.5%. I feel this is a wonderful concoction with great finesse. As usual, Sam and his boys are out to impress.


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