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RATINGS: 1286   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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
chilehead (186) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - SEP 6, 2005
Sweet and caramely, creamy on the palate, tastes like it has malolactic fermentation you’d find on a chardonay (of course, it doesn’t).

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DCJack (181) - Alabama, USA - NOV 26, 2005
absolutely superb. Pours like a fine sherry. multihued coppery, couldn’t be more delicious looking. It is sleek and slippery in the glass. The taste is at once stunning, unexpected and intensely satisfying. Rich, bold, complex and evolving gradually as it mellows in the mouth to reveal its sublime gifts. Another treasure from Dogfish Head, without doubt the finest brewer in the world.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kwerikson (178) - burlington, New Jersey, USA - DEC 11, 2009
pours out a ruby gold with a finger thick beige head that was very still. the body is a clear amber with minimal bubbles rising up in the center of the glass. the aromas are a little week but still has some spice notes and fruits with not much alcohol present in the nose either. it is medium bodied and super malty sweet. lots of caramel and sugar present. how they hid the alcohol, i have no freakin idea but i barley taste it at all. there is some fruit on the palate with a nice booze burn down the throat. very nice winter warmer and super strong. i am impressed with this beer with how they brewed it.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
BleacherBum (177) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - MAY 8, 2007
Aroma is yeasty with hints of fruit, bread and alcohol. Dark fruit in the flavor combines with malty sweetness and alcohol. Some hop bitterness here too. The alcohol is very hot here. I opened this one too soon. Luckily have a few more that I will hold off on for a couple years. Too hot right now, though the flavor is nice. Imagining this mellowing is a pleasant thought.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
philvil (176) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 12, 2010
i’ve been looking for this for a while but I wasn’t impressed. very high alcohol and very sweet... but more sour than hoppy. maybe it would be better if they put it through the Randall machine. a little raisiny, almost like a stripped down version of the raison d’extra. overall there’s nothing bad about this beer, but also nothing that good

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Shadrach (176) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAY 1, 2004
Aroma was likened to candy corn or like a sweet caramel. Appearance was a light orange. The taste had a strong alcohol presence, almost brandyish in flavor and kind of like rock candy without so much sweetness mixed with strong alcohol. I don’t care for it as much myself but I can still appreciate it if that makes sense.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fulkrum78 (175) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 3, 2005
A lighter version of the barleywine. Nice foamy head, big bubbles therein. Fades within about a minute. Nice lacing. Light hoppy aroma. Light flavor with alcohol almost transparent. Warming in the belly. Pretty decent entry!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ReademNwheat (174) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2008
From a bottle. Pours a dark hazy amber. Chocolate, honey, vanilla, and some candied fruits. Very sweet taste. Hints of sweet candied fruit, oak, and sweet malts. Pretty thick. Good brew from DFH

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ElPresidente1984 (173) - Maine, USA - JAN 8, 2006
pours a syrupy copper color. smells quite sour, like rotten fruit juice. taste is similar, like fruity and some citrus, sour. again tastes similar to old juice. not my cup of tea. i think im starting to realize i dont like these high % beers. they seems to be to sweeet and syrupy and not enought like a real beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
EddieG (169) - Palos Heights, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2004
Alcohol overwhelms a bit and hte beer is somewhat oen dimension. Not a bad beer bu tnot thick and complex like most great barleywine. On the plus side, the beer initial flavor of sweet prunes and caramel last through the beer and make the beer pretty enjoyable


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