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RATINGS: 1316   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 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mat42m (160) - orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 16, 2012
6/16 1:55 Very spicy aroma. Medium sweety with very hoppy and spicy finish. A very big beer. Too much for me but good for a barley wine.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
davesarman (159) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2004
Sweet, syrupy aroma. Malt, honey, fruity, some hops too. Pours like the aroma, looks syrupy. Light copper color. Medium carbonation. MIld frothy head that thins out, but a little hangs around, which for a beer this strong is pretty good. Big and sturdy beer. Lots of malt sweetness. Some fruitiness in there as well. Hops are present, but not dominating as in some of Dogfishís beers. Nice fruity presence from the dates and figs. Finish is warm and soothing. This is a 750 ml bottle, and Iím on my own with it! I hope I can make it to the bottom of the bottle before I hit the floor!

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mackus2 (156) - Edison, New Jersey, USA - DEC 6, 2010
12 oz bottle 2010. Pours a deep ruby red/orange amber with minimal white head. Finishes almost like a red wine. Tart but sweet and a little juciy kind of fruit on the front. Aromas in the nose are candied fruit, warm dark alcohol. The alcohol isnít too apparent in the body or the taste for being 15%.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
biggenius29 (155) - Hamilton, Michigan, USA - JUL 19, 2007
Bottled on 10-16-06. Notes from 1-20-07. You can taste the alcohol. Very sweet caramel malt flavor, very bitter too. The hops are all in the bitterness, there is not much for the hop flavor.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Quetzalcoatl (153) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 13, 2004
Poured with almost no head. Body is a hazy amber. The aroma is faint, mostly malt that I can smell. No hint of the high ABV. The taste is very sweetÖkinda fruity, figs and dates. Very thick and rich on the tongue, this coats the mouth on the way down. Although the alcohol is noticeable, it hardly seems like 15%. Overall very good stuff, gonna cellar a bottle of this for a while. Another winner from DFH.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Krej (153) - USA - DEC 4, 2014
This is a very strong beer. You almost have to chew it. Very malty and delicious, but also very strong. Not much hops to it. I did drink it very fresh though and have a couple bottles to age, so Iím excited to see what happens to it.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MillStreetMan (152) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 7, 2005
The initial nose on this one is like cheap womenís perfume, but once it warmed up, it mellowed out and was quite pleasant. Itís a rich, golden colour that almost looks like burnt caramel in a glass. The flavour was deliciously rich, packed with sweetness and fruit. If there is a complaint to be made, itís that the flavour, while excellent, feels like itís holding back that extra bit that would push it over the top. As well, the finish is a bit quick, leaving only the taste of alcohol nearly as quickly as the beer is swallowed. A good attempt nevertheless.


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