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RATINGS: 1266   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.


3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mackus2 (156) - Edison, New Jersey, USA - DEC 6, 2010
12 oz bottle 2010. Pours a deep ruby red/orange amber with minimal white head. Finishes almost like a red wine. Tart but sweet and a little juciy kind of fruit on the front. Aromas in the nose are candied fruit, warm dark alcohol. The alcohol isn’t too apparent in the body or the taste for being 15%.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
biggenius29 (155) - Hamilton, Michigan, USA - JUL 19, 2007
Bottled on 10-16-06. Notes from 1-20-07. You can taste the alcohol. Very sweet caramel malt flavor, very bitter too. The hops are all in the bitterness, there is not much for the hop flavor.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Quetzalcoatl (153) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 13, 2004
Poured with almost no head. Body is a hazy amber. The aroma is faint, mostly malt that I can smell. No hint of the high ABV. The taste is very sweet…kinda fruity, figs and dates. Very thick and rich on the tongue, this coats the mouth on the way down. Although the alcohol is noticeable, it hardly seems like 15%. Overall very good stuff, gonna cellar a bottle of this for a while. Another winner from DFH.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MillStreetMan (152) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 7, 2005
The initial nose on this one is like cheap women’s perfume, but once it warmed up, it mellowed out and was quite pleasant. It’s a rich, golden colour that almost looks like burnt caramel in a glass. The flavour was deliciously rich, packed with sweetness and fruit. If there is a complaint to be made, it’s that the flavour, while excellent, feels like it’s holding back that extra bit that would push it over the top. As well, the finish is a bit quick, leaving only the taste of alcohol nearly as quickly as the beer is swallowed. A good attempt nevertheless.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
RKanis (152) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 27, 2009
Pours a very pretty orangish pink color with no head to speak of. Aroma is very sweet of figs and alcohol. Taste is very sweet with a pleasant alcohol burn. This one’s a sipper. Very good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
shroud0fdoom (150) - Maryland, USA - NOV 5, 2013
*12 oz. bottle* Look: Dark copper body, 1/2 finger had that turned to a lacing around my glass. Smell: Sugar coated plums, alcohol, toasted bread, berries, mild citrus, hint of spice. Taste: Brown sugar, sweet toasted malts, hint of dates, berries, alcohol, dry slight bitter finish. Feel: Medium-full body, active carbonation. Overall: Incredibly well balanced for it being 15% abv. I can say this isn’t my favorite Barley Wine, yet it is close. This could use some aging to allow all the flavors to mature. It is a little hot for fresh consumption but it still is balanced. This brew is worthy.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
phiconners (149) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 20, 2007
Pours thick, hazy orange/amber, with a thin but creamy head. Very strong and sweet flavor, some citrus notes. Alcohol comes through at the end. Good barleywine, but a little overpowering. Glad I tried it though.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ruffian (149) - montvale, New Jersey, USA - MAY 7, 2004
Somewhere between being a pale brown and orange in color. Little white head quicly fell back in. Really sweet, hops take the back seat. Get some very late alcohol bite and lingering bitterness. I enjoy it, kind of young, should improve with age, time will tell.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
performula (148) - Heart of the Rockies, Colorado, USA - NOV 25, 2007
Pours an amber with tiny head. Strong sweet smell. Huge sweet taste with a long syrupy finish. Followed by a warm alcohol rush. Cannot enjoy this beer. It may be the style.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rib Eye (147) - USA - DEC 11, 2002
Cloudy amber and fizzy with a quickly disappating head/ w slight lacing of the glass. Flavor is elusive but only suggestive of a traditional barley wine. There is malt. There is hops. But this tastes a bit flat and uninspired. Perhaps the suggestion on the bottle to bury it and dig it up a year later would help. It could be it just needs some aging. Fresh it is definitely boring for a barley wine and definitley not worthy of Dogfish Head. Disappointing overall.


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