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RATINGS: 1286   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BlowOffTube (499) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DiarmaidBHK (3527) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 21, 2014
Draft from Dogfish head fairfax. Pours cognac brown with a thin head. Doesn’t leave much lacing. Big boozy woody nose. Smells a bit like diesel. Smooth on the tongue with some hops dipped in sugar kind of vibe. Finishes clean. Hides it’s booze well. Not a big barleywine fan but this is name.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GenDV138 (1768) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAR 17, 2014
From notes, consumed on 6/26/13. Pours caramel orange with not much off-white head. Head fades quickly leaving a half finger ring. Aromas of caramel, candied fruit, dark fruit, toffee, apples. Tasting notes of dark fruit, candied fruit, apples, white fruit, caramel, toffee. Boozy semi-dry finish with a medium body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
skmikeg (999) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - MAR 17, 2014
Pours a ruby brown with a thin tan head with decent lacing. Aroma is of candied fruits, figs, dates, toffee, bread pudding, molasses, sweet caramel malts, and some yeasty notes. Taste is similar to the aroma with maybe just a little booze in the finish. Has a full body with a creamy, oily mouthfeel, and a slightly dry, semi bitter, long finish. Overall, a complex, tasty barleywine that is a nice dessert sipper.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
williamstome (975) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 17, 2014
Ruddy brown pour with small off-white head. Aroma of sweet chocolate, flavor is big and complex, with notes of chocolate, butterscotch and fruit. Intense. Great body, great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KyotoLefty (6704) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 15, 2014
Tap at Macgregors. Malty English style nose, oranges, honey. Pretty, deep orange color with a low head. Tangy orange flavors, honey, biscuits, dark fruits, a good bit of tartness. Creamy, full body. Lovely.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
dcbiebel (2) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2014 does not count
Just tried the other day for the first time, one of my new favorites! Couldn’t even tell it was 15% abv!! Dangerous

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2014
12 oz bottle into a tasting snifter. A: Pours a clear reddish copper color. While the off-white colored head isn’t turribly impressive, it does have a bit of duration which almost belies its gravity. Not much lacing either. It does leave alcohol legs behind, though. S: Dark. Fruit. Overload. Of course, being brewed with dark fruits helps - in this case, it already amplifies what the dominant note should be. While there are alcoholic traces for sure, especially once it warms up slightly, you can’t really tell it’s 15% at all. Also upon opening up, it develops a subtle yet prevalent bread aroma. T: Immediately, sweetness hits the tongue. Dark fruits and caramel give way to a sour middle - not sour as in "wild ale", but sour as in "musty and leathery". And is it ever leathery. Boozy, but hey, it’s 15%. Honestly, the presence of alcohol here doesn’t bother me as much as it did in, say, Palo Santo Marron. Past its alcoholic finish lies strong tones of vanillin sweetness; had there been any sort of oaky presence, you could have almost fooled me into thinking this was barrel-aged. While it’s damn enjoyable, it’s a bit too reliant on brute force and heavy handed sweetness to be a world beater. M: Super soft, super creamy, which is exactly what is demanded. I could use a touch more body to help conceal the alcohol better. The finish is super, ultra, mega, uber sticky, and this does create a slightly less harsh feel. In fact, it’s actually un-impossible to drink given its sweet and boozy nature. Still, drinking a bottle of this solo would turn into a chore. O: It has the general profile of an English-style barleywine...but the bigness and brute force of a ’Merican one. Having said that, this is one of DFH’s better offerings, and obviously a great aging candidate. Even fresh, the booze is hidden relatively well. Relatively. If I ever buy this again, down in the ground they go.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gluepot (69) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mep3222 (574) - 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

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