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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.


4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
krumbum (521) - truckee, California, USA - MAY 19, 2014
The drinking directions on this bottle was the inspiration for us burying a box of 6 beers for a year which we dug up and drank and then buried 12 more for next year. This was a caramel brown frothy but quick fading head. Huge smell of dried fruit, figs, dates leather and tobacco. Tastes like black liquorice with sweet finish. Second bottle was a clear reddish amber with a much stronger taste.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaroonOrange (129) - - MAY 12, 2014
Reddish brown color with creamy head and nice lacing. Aromas of wood, plums, figs, and citrus. Strong flavor with noticeable alcohol up front.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
rougeau13 (1987) - Richmond, Texas, USA - MAY 10, 2014
Tap. Bright red-amber with a khaki head. Taste is sweet and just a hint boozy; lots of sweet fruit and caramel. Also very mild bitterness. Full bodied, and thick like oil. Aroma of dark fruits, toffee, caramel. Heavy and strong. Good stuff.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
vlan1 (191) - Eastern Shore, Maryland, USA - APR 27, 2014
Pours a light amber color with a moderate beige head. Nose is caramel and fruit. Taste is prodominately caramel and dark fruit with a definite noticable alcohol burn on the back end.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbeatty (1020) - New York, USA - APR 19, 2014
Pour from growler, 04/19/2014. Pours burnished mahogany, copper highlights, thin light tan head fades to swirl on the surface, thin ring of lacing forming around the glass. Aroma is caramel, brown sugar, honey, a bit nutty,oranges and dark fruit jam, dates and figs coming through, touch of biscuit. Taste is caramel toffee, raisin, dried dark fruit, touch of spicy, grassy hop character. Thick, near syrupy body, but drinkable nonetheless. Tasty sipper.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ferris (3887) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 18, 2014
Draft - Vinous and acetone with some crazy sugary sweetness. Clear copper with a thin beige head. Caramel crazy sweetness with a nice bit of booze. Vinous and as it sits and you drink it, it gets better. Maybe the huge ABV gets you drunk so it tastes better? Bad start, nice finish.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
NotoriousJ (39) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - APR 16, 2014
2012 bottle. Excellent since the last time I had it it's conditioned very well. The Maris otter malt shines with the compliments of figs and dates. Very little carbonation nice malty sweetness not too sweet. Nice mellow finish. Would never be able to tell it's 15% except for the heat rising up my face. Excellent can't wait to have another one of these next year. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wheresyourball (504) - El Cajon, California, USA - APR 15, 2014
On tap. Copper pour with white head. Nose is dark fruit, brown sugar, booze. Flavor is intense malt, caramel, figs, dark fruit. Sweet, rich finish. Not up there with Alpine Great but on par with BC Barleywine; impressive.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
iRavali (36) - Delaware, USA - APR 2, 2014
Pours golden brown with absolutely no head. It's old school beer, so lacks any carbonation. The aroma is of sweet, malty tones. Taste of malt, figs and sweet tones through out the entire cycle. The lack carbonation doesn't impair the beer in anyway. Rate it 9/10. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BlowOffTube (455) - Michigan, USA - APR 1, 2014
Thanks budznsudz Pours murky brown thin off white head. Brown sugar and.dark fruit aroma. Raisins and fig taste with caramel and brown sugar. Medium body light carbonation. Hint of hops. Nice.


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