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RATINGS: 1313   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ReademNwheat (174) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2008
From a bottle. Pours a dark hazy amber. Chocolate, honey, vanilla, and some candied fruits. Very sweet taste. Hints of sweet candied fruit, oak, and sweet malts. Pretty thick. Good brew from DFH

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Tortman18 (174) - Batavia, Illinois, USA - NOV 22, 2013
Pours a hazy, dark amber/almost cherry look with a thin ring of off white head. A lot of carbonation. No lacing. Nose has a lot of raisin, caramel, plum, brown sugar and a surprising amount of citrus. Some roasted malts, but not strong. Mouth is incredibly sweet and boozy. A lot of dark fruits, mainly sweet cherries and plum. Brown sugar and roasted malts add in interesting flavor. The citrus is much stronger on the tongue. Very bitter but delicious none the less.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ElPresidente1984 (173) - Maine, USA - JAN 8, 2006
pours a syrupy copper color. smells quite sour, like rotten fruit juice. taste is similar, like fruity and some citrus, sour. again tastes similar to old juice. not my cup of tea. i think im starting to realize i dont like these high % beers. they seems to be to sweeet and syrupy and not enought like a real beer.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lectvay (170) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
EddieG (169) - Palos Heights, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2004
Alcohol overwhelms a bit and hte beer is somewhat oen dimension. Not a bad beer bu tnot thick and complex like most great barleywine. On the plus side, the beer initial flavor of sweet prunes and caramel last through the beer and make the beer pretty enjoyable

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tidiaguy (168) - Hawley, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2004
Orange /amber pour nice sudsy white head. Fruity alchol nose is of over ripe appricot with a bit of bubble gum yeastiness. Alot of complex malty scents. Big fruity flavors and a alcohol burn. More felt than tasted. Ends with a lingering sweetness. Can't pin point it but something makes it kind of boring. I have a four pack in the cellar I'll revisit some time.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tympanic (168) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 29, 2011
"Itís a little bit bitter, you know?" -Matthew How does one rate a beer like this? Itís more of a whiskey, less of a lesson.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brew3crew (166) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 12, 2012
2011 vintage. Little too hot for me. Would like to see witch age. Boozines dominates with a little bit of sweet malt seeping out the sides

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
slimweebs (163) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 7, 2006
Very strong flavor, and alcohol content. The alcohol isnít covered as well as Iíd like, but it is covered much better than other barleywines iíve tasted. I normally donít really like barleywines that much, but this one is pretty decent.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
KAME (160) - California, USA - DEC 20, 2006
Bottle - 2004. From the second you open the bottle you can tell that itís going to be a big beer. Aroma is huge on toffee malt sweetness and alcohol. As things warm up a bit, dark fruit begins to make itself known, but the alcoholic nostril tinge is a bit overwhelming. Flavor starts out with flavors of sweet malts and oak, followed up with a thorough working over by the alcohol. Not as hot as some beers, but the hops donít do there job balancing this out. The only finish is a sweet cloying alcoholic burn, with little if any noticeable bitterness. Not a bad brew, but definitely not a session beer by any means.


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