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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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
travita (3856) - Frisco, Texas, USA - NOV 23, 2013
Bottle. The look is clear, beige colored head, and amber in color. The smell is malty, alcoholic, boozy, caramel, sweet, and grapes. The taste is malty, sweet, fruit, alcohol, thick, and sticky.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Tortman18 (183) - Batavia, Illinois, USA - NOV 22, 2013
Pours a hazy, dark amber/almost cherry look with a thin ring of off white head. A lot of carbonation. No lacing. Nose has a lot of raisin, caramel, plum, brown sugar and a surprising amount of citrus. Some roasted malts, but not strong. Mouth is incredibly sweet and boozy. A lot of dark fruits, mainly sweet cherries and plum. Brown sugar and roasted malts add in interesting flavor. The citrus is much stronger on the tongue. Very bitter but delicious none the less.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BenDover (201) - Texas, USA - NOV 21, 2013
Pours a slightly cloudy orange-red, with two fingers of very dense yellow-white foam that leaves behind quite a bit of lacing. Aroma is faint, yeasty and earthy. Taste is very complex - raisins, caramel and malty sweetness, a touch of citrus fruit, and a hoppy bite to it. The alcohol warms without overpowering. Would not have guessed it was 15% abv. Very good stuff.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
roxtersoxter (267) - McKinney, Texas, USA - NOV 21, 2013
Pours golden amber with small tan head out of bottle. Aroma of apricot, almonds, and alcohol. Smooth roasted caramel flavor with a bite at the end (high alcohol). Very good beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Emeister84 (866) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 18, 2013
Aromas of almond, golden raisin, some booze, burnt sugar, caramel, slight apricot, and orange candy. Clear red with orange highlights, and a fully lasting, sticky off-white head, with thick lacing. Slightly sweet, quite malty with notes of honey and sugar, and somewhat fruity, with a metallic edge in the aftertaste. Medium-full bodied, rich, sticky, strong, and finishes with a lingering maltiness.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zickbeer_ye (239) - Virginia, USA - NOV 18, 2013
Red tinted copper body and slight off white creamy head. Malty peach and slight cranberry aromas some barley and alc notes. Sweet fruit notes some drier malt tastes and alc. Crisp wet and a little hot on the palate.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brouwerij (915) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 17, 2013
Bottle thanks to Alemax. Pours a clear red copper with quickly settling, fine off-white head. Aroma is sweet, fruity, pear, peach, plum, alcohol and malty. Flavor is sweet, fruity, peach, plum with a caramel, nutty, toffee finish. Richer as it warms. Very mildly bitter aftertaste. Soft carbonation, medium body, and smooth texture. Very good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hair6a11 (1319) - Illinois, USA - NOV 15, 2013
2013 Bottle; Pour is fairly clear; mahogany with a one finger fine bubbled off white head into this glass ; some sticky / spotting present here. It seems to retain in an average way I suppose. The nose is sticky sweet breads and honey, with a tinge of booze, caramel, toffee, and blackberry present. This brew is overly sweet initial; honey and sweet breads, with more caramel and toffee, and moving to a boozey bite. The finish is minerals, biscuits, figs, and pear, with a lingering, slightly off putting finale that age may improve. This is a desert beer I suppose - and I think it does it pretty well.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
warhawk91 (297) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - NOV 14, 2013
12 oz. bottle from Oct. 2013. Pour is a filtered rusty colored amber with a small head that quickly dissipates into a thin wispy ring around the glass. Definite alcohol legs, small amount of lacing. Smell is rich caramel malt, brown sugar, fig, raisins, and pineapple with citrusy hop notes. Taste is big. Tons of malt sweetness bursting with the dates, fig and caramel. The hop and grapefruit notes follow which fade into a smooth alcohol and sugary finish. The dark fruits really stay with you during sips as it warms up. Big alcohol finish but I wouldn’t say it’s any bolder than say their Palo Santo Marron or Immort Ale. Getting more of the pineapple sweetness on the nose as well as the tongue the more I sip. Big chewy mouthfeel. This beer is big and should be indulged in moderation. This is the freshest one I’ve had, I may rerate this when I crack open a 2012 next year. This is very good fresh but from what I’ve heard it ages very well. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrFecesious (919) - British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 10, 2013
'11 on tap at apex. Clear amber. Aroma of plum, candied sugar, vanilla. Taste is citrus zest, more candied sugar, plum. Really easy drinking for 15%. Smooth and balanced.


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