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RATINGS: 1262   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 16/20
Scrapersnbeer (1466) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 29, 2013
Aroma is some dates, currants and prunes and such, with an undertone that implies some strength, but not as much as this one has. Copper hued with light sediment. Strong sweet flavor with dark fruit and medicinal notes. No cask flavors like some, just grant barleywine taste. Thick and sludgy, a rough drink thatís worth your time, and should be enjoyed over an hour of it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kambei70 (564) - - DEC 29, 2013
2013 bottle to a snifter. Pours a garnet brown with a little head. Aroma is ginger and cinnamon over roasted malt. Taste is the same but with a tart, grainy taste that goes into an unpleasant bitterness. Watery mouthfeel. 2008 bottle to a snifter. Pours a slightly murky brown with a little khaki head. Aroma is brown sugar and grains. Taste is a slightly burnt brown sugar with a toasted grain. Oxidized. Medium mouthfeel with medium carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JDBaker11058 (1229) - Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2013
Appearance: bottle from 2010, poured into a snifter--cloudy deep amber with tons of floaties; starts with a creamy light beige head that shrinks to a collar that never leaves, with sheer, tiny-bubbled lace curtains. Aroma: raisins and dates, with caramel, toasted brown bread, some lighter marmalade notes, hot booze, honeysuckle, cherry cough drops, and the lightest thread of rootbeer in the back. Taste: raisins, dates, figs, plums and prunes in a thick, heavy syrup hit first, followed by a hint of woody, resinous hops (almost like a California Common), over a bed of wertherís caramels, brown sugar, and brandy. Finish: slowly cresting alcohol warmth dries the finish in the back of the throat and warms the belly substantially; before this, the palate is viscous, only a couple steps removed from drinking syrup. Notes: This is not my preferred style of beer. Nevertheless, it is undeniably well-crafted and, for a style I donít enjoy all that much, I really enjoyed sipping this beer on a cold winterís night, home alone.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fattybladdy (507) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - DEC 26, 2013
12oz bottle, pours a translucent reddish copper with frothy head. Aroma is fruit and sweet malt. Taste is sweet caramel malt, apple, fig. Quite smooth for a beer this big.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jeremyh70 (668) - Missouri, USA - DEC 26, 2013
Pours a slightly hazy copper with a small head that fades to a film but sticks around surprisingly well. Very little lacing. Aroma of figs and dark fruits with big sweet malt flavor, caramel and just a hint of alcohol. Taste is big malt flavors with moderate caramel sweetness and some breadiness. Toasted flavors along with the figs and dates. Some resiny bitterness mid palate that is in balance. A little alcohol flavor and warmth but certainly not overpowering considering the ABV. Slight hint of oxidation. Finishes with some lingering bitterness and malt flavors. Mouthfeel and body is medium full with moderate carbonation. While it's not my favorite style this is a good representation of the style with big flavors and nice hop presence.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lectvay (115) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 24, 2013
12oz, bottled 10/9/13. Beautiful dark golden color, sweet boozy raisiny aroma, full-bodied, the 15% abv is relatively well hidden. Very tasty. Feels a little too fizzy in my mouth for a barleywine. Great beer. Have a feeling itíll be even better with age.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rollingwood (86) - Maryland, USA - DEC 23, 2013
Damned near perfect beer IMHO. Complex quicksilver mouth feel, boozy and warming, with a balanced hop/malt profile. I wish I had the patience to age this, but we never can keep our hands off of it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
chucklemation (427) - Pontiac, Michigan, USA - DEC 22, 2013
Smells like raisin. Has a sweet guilty taste with a chocolate finish. Heavy, full bodied beer. Rich and delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mverity (263) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2013
2010 bottle share at Proof. Poured amber brown with almost no head. Aroma is a warm, sweet malty bomb, with a slight hint of dark fruit. Taste is somehow sweet citrus, earthy, and a touch of that dark fruit. Kinda boozey. Medium body, almost no carbonation. Great beer overall.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 1/20
harrymel (1481) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2013
2011 A: pours apricot ale with a finger of off-white foam which falls quickly to a sheet of the same. cherry tones. near excellent clarity. S: smells like all of DFH beers that are high gravity: sour grapes, acetone, other horrid esters. T: sweet and alcoholic. Man, Iím really not disappointed, because I half anticipated this would taste similar to the others in the series. M: thin, hi carb, semi dry. O: this beer is shit. Gimmick. Never again. Serving type: bottle 11-20-2011

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