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RATINGS: 1269   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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Terminus (3253) - 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 (4910) - 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.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2003
Very good barleywine and very deceiving in its potency. A great beer from one of my favorite breweries.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fraternie (826) - 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 (5186) - 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.


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