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RATINGS: 1268   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gluepot (64) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 24, 2014
The Nose is complex, as you would hope at the alcohol level -- apricots, prunes, brown sugar, a medicinal effect and dark fruit are featured. The body is rich, with taste highlights including alcohol warmth, dark fruit, prunes, dates and apricots, sweet bready malt and a Dogfish-head-traditional hint of vanilla. In the conversation for the best large beer I have ever sampled.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mep3222 (517) - East Greenbush, New York, USA - FEB 17, 2014
Sweet malty aroma almost candied sugar. Taste is very sweet candied sugar and maybe vanilla and oaky as well. Palate is too sticky and sweet. Solid beer and good flavors, but a bit too sweet and too sticky. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hartung32 (223) - Indiana, USA - FEB 3, 2014
I haven't had many Barley Wines, but I have had better. Too sweet for me; would like to see it with some age on it. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AdamJackson (2689) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 30, 2014
2 year old bottle. Dark plum appearance. Wow the nose smells great! like a dark fruit salad, oak, caramel and rye. Thre’s a ton of fruit presence in this beer. dark fruits, molasses, maple syrup, candy corns and cotton candy. resinous pine from start to finish. Huge back bone but at 2 years old, the ABV is far less noticeable and that’s a good thing. I would’ told this longer than a couple of years though.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jahshuwuh (406) - USA - JAN 24, 2014
A hazy ruby/brown color with a tiny bit of cream colored head. Smells of sweet alcohol, dark fruit, nutty, caramel, maple. Strong sweet burst of taste with alcohol fairly apparent. Mid palate you can taste the dark fruit and nuttiness and breadiness, alcohol sting. Leaves mouth a little numb with a tiny bit of hop bitter but the sweetness covers it pretty well. Some woody type notes as well. Honey biscuit mixed with some cough syrup and some nuts. It's with out a doubt a bold mofo. I do like the flavors though. The honey biscuit and nuttiness pop out the most for me. Very sweet overall which helps hide the alcohol but it's still there for sure. Nice one to sip on a cold day. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bnoel09 (438) - Elk Grove, California, USA - JAN 19, 2014
2013 bottle poured into a snifter. Dark amber color with a cream colored head. Aroma is dark fruit. Flavor is toasted malt with a good dose of molasses and dark fruits. Alcohol does not seem nearly as evident to me as other reviews have indicated. Medium bodied with a slightly sticky mouthfeel. Overall not an overly complex barleywine, but one that is quite nice and very drinkable.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nakedwhendrunk (2199) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JAN 18, 2014
Rcvd in trade. She pours a gentle hazy orange/amber/brown color and leaves the same color body with a slim half finger white foamy head with some light lacing that tries to cling but slides for the most part. The smell has a light citrusy juicy hops along with some earthy honey, figs, and dates that manage to come across really well. The taste is sweet and sticky through a smooth flavored honeyed hops, sweet sticky aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one wants to be a sipper, but comes across fairly sessionable, carbonation is slightly smooth and good for the style, perhaps maybe not as harsh as some American Barleywines, but hey good stuff. Overall, I say this is a wonderful American Barleywine that I would have again.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SamP01 (579) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 10, 2014
Vintage 2012. A honey colored hue on the pour, no head. Aroma is of sweet caramel vanilla woodsy essence, very fruity and yeast, some sweet alcohol esters as well. Taste is sweet caramel, honey and vanilla undertones, fruity, yeast and mild spiced hops, some dark intermingled fruit figs and dates. Palate is full flavored, creamy, smooth and nicely balanced wit good carbonation. The finish is a cornucopia of the aforementioned flavors and aromas, leaves a slight tongue numbing feeling from the alcohol, although it is well behaved. Aging seems to have mellowed it out, which I find enjoyable. Leaves a nice satisfyingly warm feeling. Overall a very good smooth and enjoyable brew.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Salmoniform (832) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - JAN 9, 2014
Poured from bottle to glass. Amber hue with white head that lingered nicely. Aroma of sugar cookie, honey, malted barley, candi sugar, stone fruit. Mouthfeel is great with a full body and moderate carbonation. Taste is sweet throughout but not cloying. Slightly bitter following along with a nice CO2 sharpness. Nice ethanol in the finish. Overall, this is one of the best English style Barleywines that I’ve had.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AirForceHops (3303) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 8, 2014
Draft Three Penny Taproom. 2010 vintage in a 10 oz. snifter. The nose is all kinds of dark fruits and overly sweet grapes. And still light tones of booze. Full bodied and warm smooth syrupy sweet palate. Good lord this is sweet! Over ripe grapes, deep caramel malt, prune juice, Belgian candy sugar and a light floral hop still hidden in the background. This is meant to age. Why would anybody drink this with less than a 2 years on it?? After this amount of time it’s a real enjoyable sipper.


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