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RATINGS: 1313   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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bwa5879 (772) - Portage, Michigan, USA - JAN 9, 2015
Batch from October 2012, enjoyed January 2015. Very occluded amber pour with a quarter inch of dense beige head that quickly settled to a bit of slosh. Super rich boozy aroma, powdery rich grain bill, effervescent bourbon, candied rind, some oak. Carbonation on the soft side, thick mouthfeel thatís oily leaning to syrupy, finish is astringent at first then leaves the mouth very dry and warn. Lots of fruit flavor, bitter citrus rind, honey, orange blossom, carmel, dates and fig taste is subtle but present, slight nut taste too. Great syrupy rich barley wine with enough fruit to take the edge off, good orange flavor.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
DSG (7488) - Tel Aviv, - JAN 9, 2015
Bottle sample at a tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Thanks Amit. Clear deep golden-copper. Aroma of malt, some dark fruits and lots of alcohol. Sweet and very boozy flavor, malty and fruity with a slightly bitterish finish. Boozy mouthfeel. Hard to drink.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alliance100 (890) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 3, 2015
12oz bottle - 2013 vintage - pours a rusty reddish color with tan head . Strong aromas of toffee and dark fruits . Sweet syrupy caramel flavors with sweet fig finish . Alcohol is very well hidden . ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dodgrblu (653) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 3, 2015
2012 bottle from Florida, aroma and flavor of figs, some booze, sweet, caramel color.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mstrcrwly (436) - New York, USA - DEC 25, 2014
12 oz bottle poured into a snifter..rusty/copper color with a thin white head..aroma of caramel,dark fruits,spices..boozy up front but not overly so..finishes sticky with caramel and dark fruits..very good.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Underdogs88 (223) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 25, 2014
Malty, alcohol sweetness on the aroma with notes of fig and fruity esters. Appearance is a cloudy copper with a small head with poor retention. Flavor is malt forward with notes of sweet and dark caramel. Dates and figs are present in the taste. Hop bitterness is moderate. Enough to prevent the beer from being too sweet. Alcohol is definitely present in the flavor. Mouthfeel is medium full with medium light carbonation. Overall, I would prefer more complexity in the malt aroma and flavor. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maverick34 (2455) - New York, USA - DEC 23, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2014 Reddish murky amber. Small thin white head. Figs and plums and cedar and caramel and apricot. Dates fruits booze wood nd burn.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChrisSc (356) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 17, 2014
12 oz bottle. Park Rapids, MN. Pours golden orange with a small ring of white head. Aroma is fig, strong alcohol, malty. Body in full. rich texture. There is a little burn in the finish. Overall this is pretty nice. Alcohol is very present, but it is a 15% beer. aroma and texture are great.

1.9
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
574deadzone (1140) - North Central, Indiana, USA - DEC 14, 2014
An exercise in not getting excited. Pours a cloudy orange-amber with barely a touch of off-white head at first. On the second pour I did get about a finger-width of fluffy foam. A fair soapy lace hangs on as the head descends. Nose is a train-wreck of nail polish remover and butter (which caused me to shudder repeatedly), along with notes of apricot and brown sugar. Extremely sweet, and pretty bitter as well. Thick body yet kind of light somehow, fairly active but syrupy, finishing with some tartness and bitterness. Very disappointing. Clearly, this isnít meant to be drank fresh, and at 15% ABV, I guess I should have known that. But Iím not the one who made a beer with prominent aromatics of nail polish remover and butter, so Iím not taking the fall for this one.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBear11D (351) - Michigan, USA - DEC 11, 2014
Olde School pours a cloudy deep orange with a decent one finger light tan brown head that lasts a solid 30 seconds. The aroma definitely features alcohol, but it also has floral and molasses. The flavor is floral, caramel and the alcohol is noticeable, but not as prominent as the nose would lead you to believe. Overall this is a very nice brew.


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