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RATINGS: 1334   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sancho (245) - Da Bronx, New York, USA - JAN 7, 2005
bottle from new beer.Bright Bronze/copper orange color, No head Fruity boozy Aroma . grapfruitness. Burning citrius flavor ,thick syurp body.Very good barley wine. gotta dig a hole and save one

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
gottalottaibu (243) - charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAR 11, 2007
copper color with a very sweet aroma. very little head after the pour and quickly fades to nothing. taste is very sweet with raisons, plums and fades into a warming alcohol feel. not bad

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
JamesD (243) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - APR 10, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2007 Bottle. Pours a copper/orange color. Smells of malt and alcohol. Tastes more complex. Creamy mouthfeel with a strong flavor of yeast and bread. It is somewhat sweet. Not too much of a hop aroma or flavor. It isn’t really suited to my palate, but who knows, it might be to yours. Only one way to find out!

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JanVittrup (243) - København V, DENMARK - JUN 2, 2009
Clear red, like lemonade. no head. Very fruity. Cranberry? Medium body, fizzy, prickly. Very bitter. A little sour hint. Good balance, a little on the alcohol side. Purchased in New York.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jh773 (242) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dhatton (241) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thepatrickman (239) - Durham, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 22, 2016
Bottle, about 18 months old. Phew, this is a beast hiding in a 12oz bottle! Big aroma of sweet malt and raisins with a bit of booze. The flavor is huge, combining barleywine sweetness with a bit of the fruit flavor from the dates. It finishes surprisingly dry -- almost astringent -- with the malts dropping away and a moderate hop bitterness lingering.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hoptagon (239) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JAN 18, 2009
12oz. Bottled in 2007. Would like to start off by throwing my two cents out there that this beer like many from Dogfish should not be consumed until its aged at least a year or so. Otherwise you are drinking it green and pretty much wasting it. That being said this beer is really a unique and impressive take on the Barleywine style. Color is ruby red and orange at the edges. Virtually no head on the beer, but does have some minimal off-white lacing in the glass. Aroma is overly ripe dark fruits, citrus and a hint of ethanol. Flavor is complex and tastes like the kinds of old fruits your grandparents eat, such as prunes, figs, raisins and dates. While the flavor is admittedly on the sweet side, it is also slightly acidic and has a touch of bitterness. Carbonation is perfect with just a subtle fiz and the mouthfeel is really well balanced and neither overly thin or too syrupy which is a common problem with Barleywines. Alcohol lends a warmth to the beer that is not really evident except in the finish. A sipper that is best consumed at warmer temperatures. Too many flavors are masked if the beer is served directly from the fridge without any time to warm up. Good stuff!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - DEC 29, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2007 Not enough layered malt or intense hop to reach barleywine complexity. Just enough of each to make it passable. I would trade half the abv for more flavor. Re-Rate Feb ’07 - I was able to detect the hop and more of a complex malt- intense cinnamon. Worth a rating boost.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dpento1 (236) - Virginia, USA - JUN 20, 2011
Pours a rich orange, with a small of-white head. Aroma of citrus, caramel, alcohol, and a little sweet. Sweet and smooth! Flavor is a little sweet, with raisons and flowers. Almost sugary sweet, and a little warming in the finish. VERY NICE.


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