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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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
obxdude10 (2043) - 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

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (11535) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 3, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2004 Hazy amber with off-white head. Aroma is sweet, cherry, some grapefruit. Taste is sweet, grapefruit, cherry, some date. Full bodied, but as with many DFH beers, you'd never guess there's near as much alcohol here as there actually is. And also in typical DFH fashion, this beer is not typical for style, and tastes great anyway.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lowner (19) - astoria, New York, USA - NOV 26, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2003 I just had the Old School Barleywine on draft at the Blind Tiger(that place has the freshest beer on tap). First of all I am soooo happy the yeast is not the chamapagne yeast used in the WW Stout and other high gravity brews. The carbonation is beautiful. It is a very sweet and smooth english style barleywine, with the taste being much closer to Old Salty than Bigfoot. I did not taste a very big alcohol taste, but then again I'm a barleywine lover and was partially barleywined when I tried this. Definitely a top flight brew that I will age for years.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gbzia (195) - Cedar Knolls, New Jersey, USA - NOV 21, 2002
A 8 month aged example with lots of flavors and nice finish. A good one to age.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jayb0 (1030) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - OCT 14, 2002
Via Hand-Pump: The last thing I tries at the philly real ale fest and its strong, delicious flavors still made an impact. Figs and other dark fruits, thick, chewey in the mouth. The alcohol and sweet fruit mix together for a nice warming end-of-the-night drink.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcalbi (378) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 13, 2002
Muddy brown appearance with trace amount of head around the glass. Somewhat sweet and flowery aromas. Rather molasses-like flavor with some light bitterness and an alcohol punch that hits your tastebuds very hard. A toned down alcohol mouthfeel would be most welcomed.


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