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RATINGS: 1326   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 450   ABV: 15%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
stumpyiliz (216) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Driftwood6 (214) - USA - FEB 17, 2008
On tap at Map Room, Chicago. Hide the alcohol well, but not overly complex. Kind of a sweet caramel, almost fruity flavor. Just was looking for a little more complexity from a 15% barleywine.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerandrugby (210) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 9, 2005
bottle. poured orange with a very small white head. immense round malt flavor, very bready, very warm and sweet. Very nice mouthfeel. The fruit aspects of this brew were prevalent on the malt, to me it seemed lightly hopped to give it some balance. alcohol was barely present on the palate...a very warming beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mullet2007 (209) - St. Johns, Newfoundland, CANADA - FEB 4, 2010
Received in trade back in May/June 2008 sometimes thanks to dchmela! Not actually buried, but has been stored in a cool dark place since then. Bottle says bottled in 2007. Pours a beautiful deep amber to red color. No head to speak of and a little bit cloudy, but still gorgeous to look at. Nose is very powerful. Lots of dark fruits, and a little bit of cloves and some other spices. Very complex, lots going on in there, and it smells fantastic. In the mouth, plenty of malts coming out. Flavor has more malty flavors than in the nose. Caramel, butterscotch, and some other roasty notes. Some other nice flavors there too, again, some dark fruits, some more spices. Thereís plenty of alcohol in the finish, but itís not overpowering in any way. Mouthfeel is very thick, creamy, and a little bit oily. Very well balanced beer, and fantastic for being over 2 years old. Absolutely wonderful beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jdskinns (209) - South Roxana, Illinois, USA - OCT 10, 2010
Bottle. Clear amber color with little to no head. Aroma is sweet and boozy, almost like a liqueur. Very sweet taste with some light bready malts and a slight hoppiness. Canít taste the alcohol for how high it is. Doesnít necessarily remind me of a barleywine but I still enjoyed it. I found this similar to a more drinkable 120 Minute.

   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

   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
hoplover406 (204) - Crofton, Maryland, USA - MAR 28, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2008 On tap @ Dogfish brewpub in Rehoboth, DE. Maybe itís just me, and it very well could be because I donít know s**t about Barleywines, but this stuff was not good at all. Tasted like a shot of vodka. I know itís 15% but I thought I was drinking 80 proof. First and foremost was the alcohol taste and smell....and then there was not much else. Maybe I wrecked my pallate from several previous Randalized 90 minutes. Sad to say that iím not at all impressed with this one.

   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.

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