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RATINGS: 1289   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.


Chuckaduck's rating

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chuckaduck (674) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - JAN 31, 2013
1/31/2013. Bottle 2012A. Pours a deep red-brown with a thin just off-white head that doesnít last. Aroma is fruity, grapes, berries, vanilla, boozey, spicy, strong. Taste is pretty incredible; dark fruits, cherries, raisins, vanilla, booze, yeast. The flavor is incredibly full. The alcohol is pretty well hidden; the booze is pretty subtle. Medium carbonation is a nice compliment on the tongue to the flavor. Mouthfeel is chewy. This is a monster of an ale. And I really like it. Looking forward to aging a few bottles.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mstrcrwly (346) - New York, USA - DEC 25, 2014
12 oz bottle poured into a snifter..rusty/copper color with a thin white head..aroma of caramel,dark fruits,spices..boozy up front but not overly so..finishes sticky with caramel and dark fruits..very good.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Underdogs88 (143) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 25, 2014
Malty, alcohol sweetness on the aroma with notes of fig and fruity esters. Appearance is a cloudy copper with a small head with poor retention. Flavor is malt forward with notes of sweet and dark caramel. Dates and figs are present in the taste. Hop bitterness is moderate. Enough to prevent the beer from being too sweet. Alcohol is definitely present in the flavor. Mouthfeel is medium full with medium light carbonation. Overall, I would prefer more complexity in the malt aroma and flavor. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maverick34 (2364) - New York, USA - DEC 23, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2014 Reddish murky amber. Small thin white head. Figs and plums and cedar and caramel and apricot. Dates fruits booze wood nd burn.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChrisSc (255) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 17, 2014
12 oz bottle. Park Rapids, MN. Pours golden orange with a small ring of white head. Aroma is fig, strong alcohol, malty. Body in full. rich texture. There is a little burn in the finish. Overall this is pretty nice. Alcohol is very present, but it is a 15% beer. aroma and texture are great.

1.9
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
574deadzone (1092) - North Central, Indiana, USA - DEC 14, 2014
An exercise in not getting excited. Pours a cloudy orange-amber with barely a touch of off-white head at first. On the second pour I did get about a finger-width of fluffy foam. A fair soapy lace hangs on as the head descends. Nose is a train-wreck of nail polish remover and butter (which caused me to shudder repeatedly), along with notes of apricot and brown sugar. Extremely sweet, and pretty bitter as well. Thick body yet kind of light somehow, fairly active but syrupy, finishing with some tartness and bitterness. Very disappointing. Clearly, this isnít meant to be drank fresh, and at 15% ABV, I guess I should have known that. But Iím not the one who made a beer with prominent aromatics of nail polish remover and butter, so Iím not taking the fall for this one.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBear11D (284) - Michigan, USA - DEC 11, 2014
Olde School pours a cloudy deep orange with a decent one finger light tan brown head that lasts a solid 30 seconds. The aroma definitely features alcohol, but it also has floral and molasses. The flavor is floral, caramel and the alcohol is noticeable, but not as prominent as the nose would lead you to believe. Overall this is a very nice brew.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
akoeninger (491) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 10, 2014
On tap at the Tipsy Cow in Madison. Hazy orange with thin head. Aroma of oak, booze, dark fruit. Amazing taste, I mean wow. Caramel, fig, molasses, bourbon, oak, some floral hops, candied sugar. Sweet, bourbon, oak finish. Slightly warming. This was impressive ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BMMillsy (1524) - Florida, USA - DEC 10, 2014
Bottle from Tipples. Pours orange with a small off white head. Aroma of booze, sweet caramel, figs, fruits. Big and sweet. Flavor is also huge sweetness, fruit flavors, honey and caramel, booze, and a little more booze. Heavy bodied, medium carbonation, hot on the throat. This was decent enough I guess. Wouldnít pay the $5 or $6 again for a bottle again though.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kkleu357 (362) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 6, 2014
Light reddish orange body. Medium fast dissipating head. Has that dogfish head smell. Fruity fig aroma. Very fruity tasting for a barleywine.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FriendOfBeer (93) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 5, 2014
Murky Amber appearance. Strong carbonation, notes of figs and apricots. Long bitter finish. Very boozy. ---Rated via Beer Buddy


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