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RATINGS: 1336   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.


4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
amishcaravan (247) - Winona, Minnesota, USA - DEC 26, 2009
scent is strong with alcohol. almost smells like a mead. appearance reminds me of a cognac. thus is definately a sippwr

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cbuk1013 (247) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAY 6, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2014 Pours a copper color with a white head. I was surprised how light the color was compared to the taste. Smells of fruits, mostly peaches and alcohol. Strong at 15%. Taste of apricot and peach. The finish is sweet and fruity. I’m going to cellar a couple.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jh773 (247) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - DEC 2, 2004
With the greatness of DFH’s other huge beers I was excited to try this and picked up a few 12ozers. This poured a nice deep orange color with a huge frothy head that dropped quickly to a bubbly collar. There was decent lacing left in this as I drank it. HOLY SWEETNESS, the nose is strong with a fruity malt sweetness that almost completely dominates the smell. Even after warming the only other smell I could detect was the slightest hint of alcohol. Taste is much the same as the smell, extremely sweet with fruity malts a little too much so even. Slight earthy hop notes can be found as well, but the 15% sure stays hidden in this one. A nice slightly bitter finish is present to try and tame the sweetness. Olde School has a very full and rich mouthfeel that coats your mouth with sweetness. Insane drinkability for a 15% but the sweetness was starting to be a little much for me by the end of the glass. Overall an excellent barley wine from DFH, I will see what happens with the other bottles in a year or so.

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.

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.

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!


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