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RATINGS: 1318   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.


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3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ThisWangsChung (826) - 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 isnít 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 canít really tell itís 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, itís 15%. Honestly, the presence of alcohol here doesnít 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 itís damn enjoyable, itís 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, itís 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 íMerican one. Having said that, this is one of DFHís 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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PartyFowle (582) - - JUN 23, 2015
Nice bubbles, beautiful light copper color. An off-white head quickly recedes to a ring. Smells bright and fruity, with green apples, figs, flowers, and a certain sourness. A light alcohol burn is also noticeable, as is a slight metallic aroma. Sweet maltiness in the flavor. Dark fruits, raisins, prunes at the start. Bright citrusy fruit flavors hit at the swallow. A definite alcohol kick comes up through the nose after the swallow. The alcohol couldíve been more well-hidden, but then, this thing is 15%. Medium carbonation, very full-bodied, almost syrupy. Warmth assaults at the swallow. Due to the heavy body and very noticeable alcohol content, this is a sipper. Iíll finish this glass, but barely.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
raphael (985) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 1, 2015
What fruit am i tasting? apricot brandy, with caramel, alcohol and sticky, some darker bitter.. aromas of alcohol, toffee. oak. a little confusing in the mouth, so much going on. snifter beer, time-elapse.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jh773 (230) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 16, 2015
Bottled 10/24/14. Cloudy rust-orange with a bit of sediment; pours slightly effervescent with a paper-thin head. Smell is warm alcohol, rich caramel and sherry fruitiness. Taste is deep fruit, just a little on the sweet side, rich syrupy bourbon/sherry flavors with plenty of alcohol warmth. Fig/date character comes out as it warms in the glass. Slightly carbonated with a warm drying finish.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
miyauchi38 (699) - chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2015
Barley wine なんと15.4度 あ

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Koskela (388) - Marysville, California, USA - APR 6, 2015
Sweet malty aromas mix with fig and fruit come from this cloudy red orange brew. A full body sweet figgy taste comes with the alcohol taste and burn mixes with the bitterness in the aftertaste. Not bad for a barley wine even though the color isn't what I expected.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mathieuc (2062) - Quťbec, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 28, 2015
Pours a clear golden with a small white head that leaves good lacing. Nose is of light alcohol, figs and yellow fruits. Taste is of plum, caramel, lightly bitter and moderately boozy. Doesnít drink like a 15% beer, more like 12%. lol Body is medium, carbonation light and mouthfeel a little sticky. Light alcohol warmth but still under control. Overall a fine sipper, better than expected.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Art (2207) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2015
Took me awhile to try this one. On tap at HOTB. Pours a deep reddish brown with just the slightest off white head. Aromas of caramel, big candied vanilla dark fruits. Almost Brandy like. Alcohol is in the aroma. Smells amazing. Tastes sweet and syrupy with little alcohol burn. Wow.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
estover (70) - Valencia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2015
A hint of sweetness up front followed by a wonderful dark malt. with just a hint of burn from the 15%.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
coachd (285) - Missouri, USA - MAR 15, 2015
Very strong aroma even from the tap. Lots of dark fruit, lots of alcohol. Taste is sweet up front, then bitter hops, then a substantial alcohol burn, then back to sweetness in the aftertaste. For 15%, you shouldn't be shocked at the booze flavor just embrace it. You're drinking a massive beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bytemesis (4460) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 12, 2015
Bottle, 2011. Pours hazy burnt umber, small tan head, dissipates quickly, some lacing. Aroma is toffee, caramel, bread. Flavor is medium sweet, light plus bitter, vanilla, toffee. Medium body, a bit hot, but given the ABV I would say it is well hidden.


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