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RATINGS: 1325   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 450   ABV: 15%
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.

ThisWangsChung's rating

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ADfan (691) - Orange County, California, USA - OCT 5, 2015
The bottle pours a hazy amber color with a big head. The aroma is big with sweetness and some fruit like raisins and plums. Taste is more fruit and a big boozy taste. Long finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rumproasts (4238) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 3, 2015
2013 bottle. Deep ruby tinged amber with small head. Very sweet with caramel and raisin. Not nearly as harsh or boozy as I were expecting, though itís still a sipper. Hops have either faded, or never were very prominent, but there are some citrus hops in the background. this is a nice solid barleywine that has aged well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gerbeer (2452) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 10, 2015
12 oz bottle. Pours a reddish copper color with moderate head. Aromas of toffee, sweet malts, dried fruit and alcohol. Rich flavors of same but alcohol distracts. So are they saying this is a bad beer trying to be better steeped in figs?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beechner224 (976) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - AUG 9, 2015
Bottle to glass. Pours a dark red copper color, white head. Aroma is sweet, dark fruits. Taste is strong sweetness, dark fruits, smooth. Get some booziness, but not strong for the ABV. Really nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dhatton (215) - Mendham, New Jersey, USA - AUG 1, 2015
Pours a clear auburn body with limited head. Cloyingly sweet aroma of pipe tobacco, sweet bread, and fruit. Earthy taste accented by red delicious apples and chili pepper. Tingly astringent finish attempts to subdue the sweetness. Potent, but thoroughly enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Savage_Night (200) - California, USA - JUL 23, 2015
Pours a hazy Amber/light brown with a small khaki head. Head retention is ok. AROMA: caramel, roasty, alcohol, herbs, earthy, slight raisin, bittersweet fruit, little pineapple, spice, hop bitterness and light citrus. TASTE: caramel, malty, alcohol, hop bitterness, spice, roasty, tropical fruit, light citrus, herbs, spruce, earthy, peppercorns, red wine acidic, cinnamon, clove, brown sugar and slight vinegar. AFTER TASTE: spice, cinnamon, hop bitterness, malty and brown sugar with a oily rich finish and boozy warmth all the way through.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SG111 (637) - New York, USA - JUL 3, 2015
Bottled 10/27/14. Pours very clear orange ruby color. Very small ring of off white lacing on the outside. Very beautiful color. Aroma is (first and foremost) boozy, toffee, figs, dates, many sweet dark fruits, lots of candied sugar, and just a spot of citrus hops in the background to brighten this one up. Pretty much what youíd expect from a DFH high abv barleywine. Flavor is boozy. Lots of alcohol, lots and lots of heat from that, toffee, vanilla, figs, again candied sugar. But so boozy. Itís excellent but I think this one needs a few years on it. I would love to have this aged 2 years.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PartyFowle (707) - - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
raphael (1045) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jh773 (234) - 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.

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