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RATINGS: 1307   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Uriel (146) - San Jose, California, USA - MAR 28, 2006
Light orangey straw color, lacing down the side, with a malty honey aroma. Very sweet and smooth, with littler or not bit until very late into the aftertaste.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
newbrewguy (145) - Mechanicsville, Maryland, USA - MAR 9, 2008
Poured from a bottle, a deep orangish color. Strong fruity aroma and obviously high ABV. Very fruity and sweet, my first BW a little to strong to do anything but sip. Also have one I’m going to age for a year and try it again. Overall good flavors but could use some calming down (aging).

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
metalhead0043 (144) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 31, 2013
On tap at Triangle Wine Co. Pours clear amber with a white head. Aroma is raisins, bready, a little malty as well. Taste is similar but with a little vanilla, syrupy, a little hoppy and pretty sweet with a nice alcohol burn at the end. Body is thick, heavy and oily. This is a huge, complex barleywine with lots of flavors and is very strong. I like this quite a bit.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 19/20
Dogfish120 (143) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 5, 2005
Tried this brew tonight. Very smooth mouthfeel, pours a amber with off white lacing and creamy head. Fruity tones with fig and date. Alch. presence is very hidden despt 15% Abv. Finishes smooth, much like the 120 IPA.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Krej (139) - 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 I’m excited to see what happens to it.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaroonOrange (137) - - MAY 12, 2014
Reddish brown color with creamy head and nice lacing. Aromas of wood, plums, figs, and citrus. Strong flavor with noticeable alcohol up front.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Tiger_08 (137) - Sarnia, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 10, 2013
Jan 7 2013. 12oz bottle pours deep amber with some reddish hues and tight head. Aroma is boozy with hints of dark fruit. Not much depth in aroma or taste. Flavour gets consumed by high alcohol content which is overpowering at 15%. I like the warmth in the palate but the dates or figs add nothing so better off to drink some good brandy. From other sources it seems not to improve by aging. Disappointing from reputable brewery. I guess for high abv stick with abbey brews. This one is a failure.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackson220 (136) - new lenox, Illinois, USA - JAN 5, 2006
guess what?....i love a great barley wine ale. This is one.Amber hue, sweet toasty malt but mostly fruity aromas of apricots, candied oranges, follow through a fruity, sweety medium-bodied palate, The flavour was deliciously rich, packed with sweetness and fruit. The alcohol tends to really dominate the aroma and flavor with some ripe peach, apricot and white grape in the background.alcohol was present big time at the end. X beer by an X brewy

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
stefanberggren (135) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 31, 2003
Nice creamy pour with a tight head of foam. Really fuity nose and an almost almond/orange bouquet to it. First sip and I did a double take as it was like nothing I have experienced with a barleywine style ale. Very orangey and smooth with no real hop character, completley relying on the malt which took to much of the front seat if you ask me. Nice, but not my favorite.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
yankeefan21 (134) - New York, USA - NOV 18, 2007
Wow. This was awesome! I like my beer strong and I like my beer to finish strong and this beer delivered in both categories! It acts almost like a delicious sipping wine with a sweet finish. There was a VERY faint astringent quality on the sides of the tongue that other people had noted but that is such a minor complaint that it is easily made up for with the smooth feel on the tongue and sweet alcohol flavor. I will be buying more - don’t know if it’ll make it a year if I know where I burried them!


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