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RATINGS: 1250   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mikejmadden99 (103) - Mountain Top, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 18, 2002
This barley wine from Dogfish is copper to dark tan in color, with little or no foam. The smell is of hops, with a slight fruity hint. The taste is masked by the alcohol taste, with does complement the hops well, but it is just to alcoholy tasteing for me.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
garretjax (103) - Colorado, USA - APR 9, 2008
Very slight haze showing ruby copper color with a grainy khaki colored, medium sized head. A toffee and molasses scent with lingering malted maple aroma. Full bodied and lower carbonation. Dark fruit flavors and aromatic spice with some cask bitterness. A soft, almost creamy, mouthfeel that finishes heavy and sweet. The alcohol leaves a warming sensation in the throat.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
dand645 (103) - Bayonne, New Jersey, USA - NOV 21, 2009
this is probably the most unbalanced barley wines...no head, no carbonation, reddish brown pour...this is so sweet and boozy its like drinking liquid cotton candy...not a big fan of this one

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slayer02348 (103) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 30, 2009
On draft at a bar near me, finally gave it a try even though it was quite expensive. Dark brown in color, small tan head. Aroma is hoppy. Taste reminds me just how much i love barley wines. Nice hoppy finish to it also. If it weren’t for the price, I could get used to drinking this.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
vt3stick (103) - Chicago, USA - DEC 17, 2012
Pours hazy orange with a thin head. Very slight aroma with a few notes of brown sugar and malts but really not much there. Flavor is crisp from the dried fruits particularly the figs. Sweet and boozy as expected given the high ABV and a little overpowering but overall not a bad beer but given the price point, there’s better value out there.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thefrutigers (101) - , Arizona, USA - MAY 16, 2009
Bottle: Clear red pour with small head. Sweet alcoholic smell. Very similar flavor, but very nice. Very alcoholic sweet malty flaovor with fruity after flavors. I really enjoyed this one.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jables (101) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2004
Pours a honey amber with a nice haze. Nearly no head, which could prove to make for a nice silky smooth mouthfeel. The aroma is sickly sweet candi sugar, some subtle caramel and citrus rind. Tastes like a hearty sweet caramel dipped in honey wrapped with an orange rind dropped in an about an ounce of good single barrel rum. The bitter orange rind and alcohol hold the intense sweetness from falling off the cloying edge, but they are just toeing the line. Mouthfeel is silky smooth and near syrupy. I found the mouthfeel incredibly appropriate considering the gravity of this brew. Low drinkability associated with the unmasked abv, but quite delicious when taken with temperament.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Megan (101) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 1, 2004
Smooth aroma, golden-red, cloudy appearance. Syrupy taste, strong flavors. It’s a lot to take in at first. Fizzy but sweet finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MagooinPA (100) - Warminster, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 3, 2007
12oz pour to a surprisingly white head with lots of carbonation for a 15% barley wine. I bought 2 and cellared one for a year from now. Head dissipates quickly and the nose is all fruit with a noticeable hops presence. Nice and thick with no hint the abv is a whopping 15% but it is hot like a new barley wine, more like 10%. As it came to room temp, the abv was more noticeable and the aromas were awesome. This will be amazing after a year of conditioning. This is my favorite barley wine to this point. Way better than Anchor Steam and all those other west coasters. Not bad for $3.95 a bottle!

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
wnewberr (100) - Huntersville, North Carolina, USA - JUL 24, 2012
One of my fav’s in the style! Strong malt and alcohol aroma, the taste matches. Clarity could be improved upon is the only complaint.


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