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RATINGS: 1334   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.


3.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
epf33 (223) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 7, 2008
unlike the picture, mine had a neon green cap with a warning sign on top. very strong!! according to the bottle you have to leave it in a plastic bag in a pit somewhere for a year, i only left it in there for 3 months... close enough! spicy finish

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.

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...

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Shakesbeere (219) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
vlan1 (219) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 27, 2014
Pours a light amber color with a moderate beige head. Nose is caramel and fruit. Taste is prodominately caramel and dark fruit with a definite noticable alcohol burn on the back end.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BenDover (218) - Texas, USA - NOV 21, 2013
Pours a slightly cloudy orange-red, with two fingers of very dense yellow-white foam that leaves behind quite a bit of lacing. Aroma is faint, yeasty and earthy. Taste is very complex - raisins, caramel and malty sweetness, a touch of citrus fruit, and a hoppy bite to it. The alcohol warms without overpowering. Would not have guessed it was 15% abv. Very good stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
stumpyiliz (217) - 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.

3.9
   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.

3.2
   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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