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RATINGS: 1265   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 (747) - 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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (2556) - Michigan, USA - AUG 24, 2014
12 ounce bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled in 2010A. Pours hazy reddish copper color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, plum, cherry, fig, date, pear, apple, caramel, brown sugar, toast, toffee, brown bread, light herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity and balance of big fruitiness and dark/bready malt sweetness; with great strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, cherry, fig, date, pear, apple, caramel, brown sugar, toast, toffee, brown bread, herbal, light pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Slight earthy/peppery bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, cherry, fig, date, pear, apple, caramel, brown sugar, toast, toffee, brown bread, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and balance of fruitiness and dark/bready malt sweetness; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth, fairly crisp, and lightly slick mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent barleywine style! All around great complexity and balance of fruitiness and dark/bready malt sweetness; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pinkzambia (1460) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 22, 2014
Bottle - Monde Market (philly): murky reddish brown with a small tan head. Great aroma of leathery hops, sweet alcohol. Flavors that linger with figs and dates. Great idea! It has hints of pipe tobacco. Extremely tasty!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sitzds (290) - - AUG 3, 2014
On tap at Fairfax alehouse poured into snifter. Copper body with thin bone head that quickly collapses to nothing. Aroma is butter, alcohol, candied fruit especially orange, and toffee. Flavor is apples and pears, dried dark fruit, orange, buttery, spicy alcohol note on the swallow. Full body, thick viscous texture, light carbonation, boozy finish.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AmykalH04 (35) - - JUL 14, 2014
A- Pours a burnt orange with a nice light tan head. Head retention doesnt hold for very long. S- I get dark fruit which obviously comes from the figs and dates. if it wasnt for the label i might say currants. T- Seriously smooth for 15% with a great dark fruit finish. Sweetness from the caramel malts but a good sweetness. M- Medium bodied with a great coat. O- Awesome what they did with this beer. so strong but yet so well balanced.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Weezel (188) - Florida, USA - JUL 6, 2014
2012 bottle. Spicy rye on the nose. Taste is mellow figs, raisins, burnt sugar, toffee with a grape finish. Super chilled out after a little rest and the alcohol is very well hidden.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
orangesol (687) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 6, 2014
Three year vertical, í11-13. I decided the 2012 was my favorite so I will write my review for that one.

A - Pours murky brown with a decent one finger tall khaki colored head, quickly dissipating down to a very light film, leaving little to no lace on the sides of the glass.

S - Smells of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, dash of earthy hops, bit of dried fruit and plenty of mildly toasted malt. Definitely sweet, booze starts to creep in once it warms up a bit.

T - Starts off with the strong sugary sweetness; mainly made up of the aforementioned toffee, caramel and brown sugar; slowly being joined by the dried fruit, toasted malts and the ever present booze. Finish is plenty sweet with a mild booze burn, lingering long after the finish.

M - Medium-Heavy body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, sweet feel with a bit of booze burn at the end of each sip.

O - This was easily the best of the three. The í11 was a malt bomb and nothing else and the í13 was still a little raw. If you are going to age these I would say two years is the perfect amount.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jsnicholas (117) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - JUN 22, 2014
Bottle (12oz) dated 2007 (7 years old). Pours a cloudy brown with a lot of floaters. I had very little head.Light carbination. Not real familiar with Bareley WIne, but this tastes almost more like a wine than a beer. Lots of sweetness, alcohol hit you first and has a nice warming. I might save the rest for winter.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AlmostHome (19) - Gulfport, Mississippi, USA - MAY 29, 2014
Excellent Barleywine, great thick head and full taste. Finishes strong. Dark color. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (3886) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAY 27, 2014
Walks a rare line that marks a drinkable good barley wine without being excellent or a horrible mess. Sweet malt, some bitterness and some booze. Good balance. Syrupy sweetness at a tempered level, light citrus, of which this beer would do better with a light touch more, but otherwise good. On tap at DC Summerfest.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrewGoblin (282) - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - MAY 20, 2014
Velvety brown syrup poured proudly out of this bottled bugger. It dates a fig and kisses the raisins right off of her toffee. Sits oily and thick on the licker machine, keeps the flames flickering with alcohol and roasty nutty malt. Olde is the new New.


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