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RATINGS: 1289   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Angelmonster (125) - Colorado, USA - NOV 28, 2011
This version was bottled in 2009 Pours a dark golden honey, clear with light carbonation. Head is off white, 1/3 inch and lasted throughout the whole beer. Lacing was amazing and coated the whole glass, amazing appearance. Smell is pretty sweet for such a strong beer, lots of honey, caramel and butterscotch/diacetyls. Also present is molasses/artificial maple syrup mixed with lingering hops. Surprised that I didnt get any alcohol aromas at all. Taste is definitely not what I expected for 15% beer. Its almost like someone took sisyphus or olde gnarlywine and dumped some honey and simple syrup into the glass. Buttery diacetyls follow suit with some faint hops rounding it out. Alcohol isnt tasted too much but rather more present as a warming sensation down the throat. Mouthfeel is somewhat syrupy but there is just enough carbonation to prevent it from being too heavy. Head adds a nice smooth coating to the top of the beer which is probably the most important thing I look for when grading mouthfeel. Overall this beer is pretty good but abit too much on the sweet side. Maybe it was aged too much but I felt it needed a little more hops or alcohol to push it to elite status of barleywines. Drinkability is still great for such a strong beer though, will have to buy another bottle and not age it as long.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Krej (123) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
johnluvsbeer (120) - Arizona, USA - MAR 14, 2012
Pale orange color with perfect clarity. Head is smooth and creamy. Smells of caramel, English toffee, rum, and some orange. Surprisingly not overwhelmingly boozy. Big malt flavors-caramel, toffee, and toast. Good drinkability.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GoldenSpunky (120) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 15, 2004
Unreal! hows is this beer 15% alcohol??? how is is possible?? This is an unreal barley wine. I have to say it is a toss up between this beer and old horizontal for the best barley wine ever. When I took the first sip, that every so sweet and ever so smooth nectar met my lips with pure delight. If you have 4 bucks to spare buy this barley wine and you will enjoy a well balanced great tasting beer that you wont soon forget.

4.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Flyer (118) - Hartland, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 17, 2007
A truly distinctive beer, which is a good thing. Pours a beautiul golden orange, just a little cloudy, with a nice lacing. Aroma is deceptively mild, a little banana, maybe some of the date/fig combination. Huge flavor of dates and figs, and unapologetic alcohol whack. Borders on being a little harsh, but this is a change of pace beer, and to me that sensation really just wakes up the tongue. Crisp, intensely fruity aftertaste. True, itís not subtle -- the DFH description calling it a "bone crusher" seems right on -- but I wish they would make this year-round, because itís a great complement to my other favorite beers.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
forsides (118) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 31, 2009
2009 bottle. dont remember older Old Schoolís tasting like this one, but maybe my memoryís screwed up. drinkin a few of these is only gonna screw it up more :) this tastes right along the lines of their 120 and WWS in terms of alcohol and sweetness. clear orange/brown with thin lasting head. first thing i noticed after pouring was the alcohol aroma burning my nostrils. some hop aromaís in there as well. full of flavor, lots of sweetness and alcohol, raisiny (the dates and figs), and citrusy piney hops. finishes with some alcohol burn. nice complexity for a beer this strong.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeanDip (117) - Florida, USA - JAN 25, 2013
Draft: Slightly hazy, deep copper with tan head. Looked lovely in the snifter. Fruity, sweet, toffee/caramel notes. Perhaps a little too sweet for my tastes these days. Nice medium body...a little slick. Nice hop finish. If I could have dialed back the sweetness just a tad...awesome.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
nicolascage (116) - Copenhagen (Virum), DENMARK - JUN 5, 2007
Bottle. Sweet honey aroma. Not much bitterness, maybe hidden by the sweetness. Immort Ale is much better.

3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
paul9639 (116) - New Hampshire, USA - APR 10, 2005
My least favorite offering from Dogfish. The pour was thick and had very little head.The aroma was of alcohol and carmel, with a hint of dried fruit. The taste was sickly sweet with a strong alcohol overtone. If you let this beer get to room temperature, and you can distinguish it from turpentine, you are a better man than me. I will probably truy again to confirm my dislike.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
sallad (115) - USA - JAN 26, 2007
bottled 1/2003, tasted 1/26/07 Hazy copper-gold with thin fizzy head that almost immediately fades. Aromas of alcohol and pine wood, light smoke. Sweet candy malt, brown sugar under a tang of mildly cloying hops. Bitterness is light compared to the brown sugar and malt. Finish is warming alcohol with a coating sweetness.


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