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RATINGS: 1322   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.


4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tobias (204) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - MAY 11, 2004
fruity, sweet aroma with little head. very thick and syrupy. tastes of figs and raisins and apples, with a nice warms alcohol sensation. i love this beer.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HenryXXX (204) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 18, 2012
Tge nose has hints of raisin, fig, molases. Has raisin, date, a little oak. Has a hiof sweetness with enough bitterness to balance it. A very complex beer

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
surffisher (198) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 20, 2008
12 oz bottle, 2008 vintage. Pours clear reddish-copper, with a dense, sticky short-lived head which can be rejuvenated by swirling. Aroma is floral sweet with fruit (prune, raisin) and some brandy-ish booze (but not overwhelmingly). Similar flavor profile - heavy on the sweet malty and fruity notes at the very start, but that is quickly blasted out by the alcohol, which leaves me with a cough medicine vibe. Medium full bodied and syrupy, but hot. A really promising brew (no surprise from Dogfish Head) that needs a couple years to sit.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rateyourpoison (198) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2011
12oz btl thanks to Funkybrewster. Pours a nice copper with a thin white head. Aroma of candied sweetness, dark fruit, toffee and alcohol. Sweet and sugary on the palate, not unpleasantly though. Thick and rich with the 12% noticable. A good barley wine toffee, pit fruit, and booze. Curious to taste and older one of these.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
luv2brew (196) - Chesterfield, Virginia, USA - DEC 26, 2007
sweet orange aroma. I do think this is really green, so i will let the rest age for a few years. It is one of the sweetest beers that i have ever had. I like barley wine, but this isn’t malty enough but has a sweetness from another source.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BigSound (196) - New York, USA - MAR 17, 2012
From notes. 2007 vintage. A nice ruby red with a slight tinge of gold. The pour rendered about a quarter inch of white head. Beautiful lacing! A big nose of caramelized sugars, sweet malt, fruit, raisons, booze, honey. This beer smells awesome! The taste is great, sweet and malty with a bit of hop bitterness in the finish. I get honey, grape, strawberry, raspberry, a bit of chocolate, and some booze. The feel is silky and warm, oh so good... The carbonation on this 07 brew is sitting really nice, it is medium, but the way it blends with the silky smooth feel makes this elixir exciting and subtle at the same time.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gbzia (195) - Cedar Knolls, New Jersey, USA - NOV 21, 2002
A 8 month aged example with lots of flavors and nice finish. A good one to age.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HopasaurusRex (195) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2005
2004 Vintage-I’m glad they started putting this in 4-packs because one 750 bottle was just too much alchohol to get through without calling the neighbors over. I have to say it wears it’s 15% very well and is very well balanced. One of the best DFH beers, next to WWS. Nice malt, well integrated with the hops and yeast character and a nice beer overall.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
MereLikesBeer (195) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - FEB 17, 2010
So...Barley Wine style beers... Don’t really have much luck with em... This particular one changes that. It’s pretty darn tasty. It’s got a sort of apple aroma along with the alcohol - with that nice high abv, and it smells sweet, if sweet has a smell. It looks very pretty with a hazy ruby amber color with a tan head. Tastes really nice, like orange marmalade! It’s alcohol is very well hidden but you can feel it’s warming effects on the finish. There is a hint of dark fruits in there as well. Overall I enjoyed this a lot!

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gvmdw7 (188) - California, USA - NOV 1, 2011
Poured copper with lethargic legs. Smelled of alcohol primarily, but with a smattering of cherry and a little vanilla. Tastes like amaretto with a nice burn. Let it warm up and you get some hoppiness. Drink at home.


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