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RATINGS: 1266   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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ajwilliams (132) - , Indiana, USA - JAN 20, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2009 Pours a deep orange with a thin white head. Aroma of sweet peaches, brown sugar, and alcohol. Flavor is enormous. So strong, with raisins, figs, toasted malt, caramel, and warming booze. This is a great barlewine, and One that I will definitely try to age.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fatalstrike (130) - Cerritos, California, USA - DEC 31, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2012 12 oz. bottle First Dogfish where I can truly say I got my moneyís worth. This is a great barley wine. A lot of fruity complexity going on in this one, but with enough classic American barleywine flavors to keep it centered. The aroma is where I pick up the figs and dates the most, as they make a very fleeting presence in the flavor. However, I do pick them up quite a bit in the aftertaste. Flavor is candy, caramel, heavy fruit notes and a slight but present sourness. Alcohol is present in the taste but does not dominate. Heavy bodied, a lot of syrup to this one. Overall a nice little buy and I look forward to opening the other three bottles in the coming years. Update: Opened a bottle recently, has about a year of age. Not doing so well. The alcohol presence has died down, but the beers has picked up a touch of dust to its flavor. Still have another bottle to open someday.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrinkingbuddyD (129) - Warsaw, New York, USA - MAY 1, 2004
A delicious, but simple barley wine. Flavor is less complex than the majority of barley wines. A little too thin, and not as syrupy as expected. Very well done though. The sweet and malty flavor hides the alcohol well. You donít realize how much of a punch this one packs until the bottle is finished. Delicious.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
yankeefan21 (129) - New York, USA - NOV 18, 2007
Wow. This was awesome! I like my beer strong and I like my beer to finish strong and this beer delivered in both categories! It acts almost like a delicious sipping wine with a sweet finish. There was a VERY faint astringent quality on the sides of the tongue that other people had noted but that is such a minor complaint that it is easily made up for with the smooth feel on the tongue and sweet alcohol flavor. I will be buying more - donít know if itíll make it a year if I know where I burried them!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaroonOrange (129) - - 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.

3.4
   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.

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.

3.5
   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.

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

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lectvay (123) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 24, 2013
12oz, bottled 10/9/13. Beautiful dark golden color, sweet boozy raisiny aroma, full-bodied, the 15% abv is relatively well hidden. Very tasty. Feels a little too fizzy in my mouth for a barleywine. Great beer. Have a feeling itíll be even better with age.


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