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RATINGS: 1262   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerGuyTWMore (128) - Florida, USA - JAN 29, 2011
pours amber golden with white head. candied malt nose, lot of caramel, dark fruit (prunes/raisens), honey and flowers. All candy taste some light floral (clovesque) finish. solid brew only wow is the alcohol, well hidden.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaroonOrange (128) - - MAY 12, 2014
Reddish brown color with creamy head and nice lacing. Aromas of wood, plums, figs, and citrus. Strong flavor with noticeable alcohol up front.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jackamackson (127) - USA - JAN 22, 2006
clear gold/amber pour, with almost no head. sweet and fruity aroma. crisp flavor, sweet and spicy with some alcohol in there. nice full mouthfeel. a little less extreme than I expected but pretty good nonetheless.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ansset13 (127) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - DEC 1, 2007
Pours a hazy burnt umber, with a tiny tannish head. The nose is largely vinous, with a vinegar finish, more subtle tone of hops and sugar can faintly be noticed. That taste is also vinous with an astringent finish. A good barley wine, but I have had better, though this style leaves room for allot interpretation.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BgThang (126) - Texas, USA - APR 26, 2009
For being a high alochol beer/barelywine this is a very nice beer. The nose is the malty usual barelywine nose and then the palate is washed with a nice subtle sweetness. tend to have a few notes in common with 120min

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GoldenSpunky (120) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 15, 2004
Unreal! hows is this beer 15% alcohol??? how is is possible?? This is an unreal barley wine. I have to say it is a toss up between this beer and old horizontal for the best barley wine ever. When I took the first sip, that every so sweet and ever so smooth nectar met my lips with pure delight. If you have 4 bucks to spare buy this barley wine and you will enjoy a well balanced great tasting beer that you wont soon forget.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
johnluvsbeer (120) - Arizona, USA - MAR 14, 2012
Pale orange color with perfect clarity. Head is smooth and creamy. Smells of caramel, English toffee, rum, and some orange. Surprisingly not overwhelmingly boozy. Big malt flavors-caramel, toffee, and toast. Good drinkability.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
forsides (118) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 31, 2009
2009 bottle. dont remember older Old Schoolís tasting like this one, but maybe my memoryís screwed up. drinkin a few of these is only gonna screw it up more :) this tastes right along the lines of their 120 and WWS in terms of alcohol and sweetness. clear orange/brown with thin lasting head. first thing i noticed after pouring was the alcohol aroma burning my nostrils. some hop aromaís in there as well. full of flavor, lots of sweetness and alcohol, raisiny (the dates and figs), and citrusy piney hops. finishes with some alcohol burn. nice complexity for a beer this strong.

4.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Flyer (118) - Hartland, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 17, 2007
A truly distinctive beer, which is a good thing. Pours a beautiul golden orange, just a little cloudy, with a nice lacing. Aroma is deceptively mild, a little banana, maybe some of the date/fig combination. Huge flavor of dates and figs, and unapologetic alcohol whack. Borders on being a little harsh, but this is a change of pace beer, and to me that sensation really just wakes up the tongue. Crisp, intensely fruity aftertaste. True, itís not subtle -- the DFH description calling it a "bone crusher" seems right on -- but I wish they would make this year-round, because itís a great complement to my other favorite beers.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeanDip (117) - Florida, USA - JAN 25, 2013
Draft: Slightly hazy, deep copper with tan head. Looked lovely in the snifter. Fruity, sweet, toffee/caramel notes. Perhaps a little too sweet for my tastes these days. Nice medium body...a little slick. Nice hop finish. If I could have dialed back the sweetness just a tad...awesome.


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