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RATINGS: 1319   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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - JAN 24, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2004 A light golden/amber. Thin but lasting head and lace. Crazy nose of spicy alcohol, hint of pink grapefruit, peach, pine, figs and more. Medium-full bodied, almost velvety, sweet chewy malts, spicy alcohol, figs, citrusy peaches/grapefruit, slightly medicinal and other flavors I cannot discern. Marris Otter huh? Doesn't taste like it nor does it taste like 15.5% alc. Impressive how they hide it. This is good barleywine, different, not a malt monster or a hop feast but unique, tasty, complex, warming and very drinkable. Reminds me of HOTD Fred.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DYCSoccer17 (3481) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 24, 2004
Bottle packaged 01/04--just an infant. Pours a murky cider-color with a tiny tiny quickly dissipating white head. Aroma is sweet and flowery--I want to say there is some maple syrup in there as well. Start and middle really burn, leading to an extremely pleasant honey-sweet finish that begs that you come back for more. I like sweet, so I find this excellent now. Cant wait to try it a few years down the road.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JAN 24, 2004
Really could age for a year or two. I had a taste today of a fresh batch, and oh wow. Really great beer. Sam, brewer of dgh, has out done himself. Rich and complex. Malty. Orange and yellow in color. Very Good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - JAN 24, 2004
This was bottled, 01/04, so very young. Will update over the years.... Pours orange-yellow with a slight head. Aroma to me is a mix of apples and alcohol, but that doesn't mean it ain't other stuff. Flavor is rich and malty, with a big sweetness and an alcohol burn. Well fermented, so not too sticky, but complex in the fruit department. I can't wait to be able to up my rating after this ages.....

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JAN 24, 2004
Pours a deep blonde with a quickly diddipating white fluffy head. Smells of figs and raisins. This is 15%??? Does not taste anywhere near that. Very little hop aroma or flavor. No roastiness to balance the sweetness that Marris Otter provides either. With that malt a beer has to be balanced to not become cloyingly sweet. Either roastiness, as in Fuller's Vintage Ales, or hops, as in Young's London Special Ale. This is good but becomes very cloying as it reaches room temp. and it certainly does not compare well with DFH's other super strong beers.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JAN 15, 2004
Loooooovely. Bright and clear amber, much lighter than expected. Nice aroma, lightly fruity, some sweetness. Lovely flavor. Big, punchy burst at the front, bright peachiness with a really nice bubblegummy sweetness. Seems impossible that this is 15.5%, alcohol is barely noticeable. Has a bit of an odd spiciness, seemed almost minty. Good palate, viscous and syrupy. Yet again, another exceptional offering from DFH.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 14, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2005 2004 Batch - Man this is a good beer. Clear medium amber body. The color of this beer in no way prepares you for what you are about to experience. Sweet peachy malty aroma that is simply awesome. The flavor out does the aroma, which is a bold statement. Massive sweet malty, hoppy, fruity goodness. Full massive body. This is a truly excellent barley wine. I have not had previous vintages and am likely the first to rate the 2004 vintage so I can not compare, but this beer deserves high acclaim. Wow.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - JAN 10, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2004 2002:750mlLet down. Oarnge/red with a small ring of head. Aroma is floral,fruity,and figs(if you didn't get that by now). Mouthfeel is creamy,but the texture is slightly watery. Starts sweet,somewhat fruity. Finish is sweet,and slightly hoppy. Really doesn't do much,just drinkable. Ok though.Thanks Mittenstein!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JPDIPSO (5045) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 5, 2004
Thick amber liquid with a smaller lid of cream colored bubbles. Light fruity notes, similar to a triple, a hint of floral soap as well. Sweet honey flavors. Raisins and overripe plums. Light alcohol in the finish along with a touch of gut warming. Too sweet and not much character.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JAN 4, 2004
2002
Murky orange body with no head or lacing.
Very rich and malty aroma. Sweet too. Lots of fruit like orange, peach, figs and maybe some strawberries. Complex aroma.
Orange and fig flavors dominate among the big sweetness of the brew. A crazy yeastiness. Honey with a citric bite at the end. Alcohol is 100% masked.
Extremely smooth from the cellaring time. Rich and thick on the tongue. Crisp yet still long in the finish.


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