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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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bule (822) - California, USA - JAN 5, 2014
On tap at Taps in Petaluma. Pours a reddy brown color without much head. Very sweet and sticky with noticeable alcohol sharpness,

1.4
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
Homer321 (2031) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2014
Draft. A disgustingly sweet mess of jet fuel and booze. Warms the ears while tasting like butane

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cstuartj (1000) - Washington, USA - JAN 3, 2014
bottle, pours a very nice deep clear gold, nice thick head and laces well. big alcohol, malt and sugar nose. thick on the tongue, sweet, malty, visceral. clean lingering finish. yumm.

1.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
wchesser (1216) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 1, 2014
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2014 ’11 bottle on New Years ’14. Nail polish acetone leaps from the bottle on opening. Doesn’t bode well. Fades some after airing it out to a heavily oxidized sherry nose. Taste is acetone, cardboard. Mouthfeel is slick, but thin. Some piney hops bitterness. This is just terrible. I bought this in ’11 and it has been in rented wine cellar under temperature and humidity control ever since, so it was either poorly handled and stored before it got to me or this is just a terrible beer. Bottle says ’ages with the 3 best of them’...my @ass. >>rerate...not changing score but would be 8 3 8 3 17-18 ~3.9 ’09 bottle. Nice sherry and port wine nose. Maderization but in a good way. Dark red fruit, cassis, lightly oxidized nutty sherry aromas. What this beer should be aged.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
metalhead0043 (144) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 31, 2013
On tap at Triangle Wine Co. Pours clear amber with a white head. Aroma is raisins, bready, a little malty as well. Taste is similar but with a little vanilla, syrupy, a little hoppy and pretty sweet with a nice alcohol burn at the end. Body is thick, heavy and oily. This is a huge, complex barleywine with lots of flavors and is very strong. I like this quite a bit.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
UncleKorm (864) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 31, 2013
On tap, poured dark golden-orange hue w/ minimal head. Moderate sweet honey aroma. Initial flavor is bold sweet w/ a moderate bitter finish. Tastes are honey, fig, oak, grass, and scotch. Full bodied, smooth mouthfeel, soft carbonation and clean warm finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scrapersnbeer (1491) - 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 that’s worth your time, and should be enjoyed over an hour of it.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kambei70 (637) - - 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

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JDBaker11058 (1334) - 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 werther’s 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 don’t enjoy all that much, I really enjoyed sipping this beer on a cold winter’s night, home alone.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fattybladdy (603) - 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.


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