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RATINGS: 1336   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.


2.4
   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.

3.8
   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

3.6
   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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rateyourpoison (198) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2011
12oz btl thanks to Funkybrewster. Pours a nice copper with a thin white head. Aroma of candied sweetness, dark fruit, toffee and alcohol. Sweet and sugary on the palate, not unpleasantly though. Thick and rich with the 12% noticable. A good barley wine toffee, pit fruit, and booze. Curious to taste and older one of these.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BigSound (196) - New York, USA - MAR 17, 2012
From notes. 2007 vintage. A nice ruby red with a slight tinge of gold. The pour rendered about a quarter inch of white head. Beautiful lacing! A big nose of caramelized sugars, sweet malt, fruit, raisons, booze, honey. This beer smells awesome! The taste is great, sweet and malty with a bit of hop bitterness in the finish. I get honey, grape, strawberry, raspberry, a bit of chocolate, and some booze. The feel is silky and warm, oh so good... The carbonation on this 07 brew is sitting really nice, it is medium, but the way it blends with the silky smooth feel makes this elixir exciting and subtle at the same time.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
luv2brew (196) - Chesterfield, Virginia, USA - DEC 26, 2007
sweet orange aroma. I do think this is really green, so i will let the rest age for a few years. It is one of the sweetest beers that i have ever had. I like barley wine, but this isnít malty enough but has a sweetness from another source.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gbzia (195) - Cedar Knolls, New Jersey, USA - NOV 21, 2002
A 8 month aged example with lots of flavors and nice finish. A good one to age.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HopasaurusRex (195) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2005
2004 Vintage-Iím glad they started putting this in 4-packs because one 750 bottle was just too much alchohol to get through without calling the neighbors over. I have to say it wears itís 15% very well and is very well balanced. One of the best DFH beers, next to WWS. Nice malt, well integrated with the hops and yeast character and a nice beer overall.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
MereLikesBeer (195) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - FEB 17, 2010
So...Barley Wine style beers... Donít really have much luck with em... This particular one changes that. Itís pretty darn tasty. Itís got a sort of apple aroma along with the alcohol - with that nice high abv, and it smells sweet, if sweet has a smell. It looks very pretty with a hazy ruby amber color with a tan head. Tastes really nice, like orange marmalade! Itís alcohol is very well hidden but you can feel itís warming effects on the finish. There is a hint of dark fruits in there as well. Overall I enjoyed this a lot!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lectvay (191) - 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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