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RATINGS: 1317   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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mikalooch (224) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 11, 2009
Draft at Bar Great Harry. Pours reddish brown with a hazy but thin white head. Aroma of plum, brandy, and honey. Flavor is tart lemon, dark ripe fruits, and honey. Packs a wallop, alcohol is very present but not overpowering. Well balanced and suprisingly smooth for such a high ABV. Very tasty.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dmalone102 (223) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 7, 2009
I have to say, this is my favorite barleywine of all time. It seems very well attenuated, itís not cloying at all. The dryness and hop/malt balance make it a surprisingly drinkable Barleywine, especially at 15%. The dark fruit and deep caramel flavors that are associated with Barleywine are present and distinct, but not overpowering.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jh773 (223) - 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.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
sunnyridge (222) - USA - APR 20, 2010
Ohhh the complexity! Pours a hazy darker orangish amber color, Thin head that sticks around. Lots of fruit in the aroma- apples, cherry, grape even a hint of pear. Big smell from the malt, like itís gonna be so sweet your face will pucker. Taste is big and rich with heavy malts, candy, apples and grape. For being so big you really donít notice the alcohol- very scary. A fantastic palate, very complex. Leaves a very sweet but nice aftertaste of dried fruit and malt.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GeniusGirl (221) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 30, 2004
bottle. deep honey color with delicate white head smells of prunes, alcohol, rasinbread... flavor of syrupy sweet figs and the concoction you made by skimming off all the liquor you could find in your parents pantry into one bottle... this heats ya up, thatís for sure! drank in celebration of finally finishing Bleak House... the novel that seemed to never end...

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerlover82 (220) - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2011
Bought in a 4pack carryout batch from my local Italian restaurant.Quite pleasantly surprised they had it, as Iíve been chasing this one down for a while. Poured into snifter glass a dark cloudy amber-brown, with medium head, leaving a good trace of sticky lacing.Looks wonderful. Some fruits, nuts, and heavy alcohol aromas come through the nose big time. Good heavy use of malted barley. Right off the bat, I can tell this going to be a BIG beer. Heavy malts and booziness come through upon first sip. Little to almost no carbonation, which is a plus for the barley-wine style.Heavy body. This is most definitely a sipper. Makes an excellent after-dinner meal brew. Outstanding. But the high alcohol and heaviness of this limits the drinkability, as well as restricting it to only one, no more than two.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bobbypaulson (217) - Fergus Falls, Minnesota, USA - JUN 10, 2009
A very unique barley wine. Pours a murky dark orange ad a nice gray head with smells of dried fruits and oranges. Flavor is sweet due to the dried fruits but end is balanced with a sour tart warming due to the high alcohol.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Shakesbeere (217) - Oxford, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 26, 2009
Aroma of oak, honey, fig, and alcohol -- a bit like a mead. Flavor is sweet -- definite characters of honey, dark fruit, and alcohol. Part of the flavor has a slight semblance of something near to ginger licorice. Pretty good, but feels a little too strong, though it masks how truly strong it is well.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
stumpyiliz (216) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 11, 2012
Overwhelming boozy nose with pears, figs and a light grape. Initial taste is sweet and full bodied. Lots of dried tree fruit flavors. An interesting beer i wish i had started a vertical on five years ago.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lukin013 (215) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 20, 2006
Fresh í06 bottle... perhaps I should have followed the directions and buried it for a year. At first taste I thought it may be a drain pour, but after letting it warm up for a VERY long time it was drinkable. Aroma is fairly nice with apricots, raisins and molasses... smells a little like apricot syrup I like on my pancakes... except slightly acidic and very alcoholic. Taste is almost undiscernable over the incredibly strong alcoholic kick... I think thereís some apricot, molasses, vanilla, and oak flavors in there but Iím almost choking from the alcohol burn... hopefully my other bottle mellows out in a year or two.


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