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RATINGS: 1322   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 450   ABV: 15%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ruffian (149) - montvale, New Jersey, USA - MAY 7, 2004
Somewhere between being a pale brown and orange in color. Little white head quicly fell back in. Really sweet, hops take the back seat. Get some very late alcohol bite and lingering bitterness. I enjoy it, kind of young, should improve with age, time will tell.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
phiconners (149) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 20, 2007
Pours thick, hazy orange/amber, with a thin but creamy head. Very strong and sweet flavor, some citrus notes. Alcohol comes through at the end. Good barleywine, but a little overpowering. Glad I tried it though.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Angelmonster (149) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
performula (148) - Heart of the Rockies, Colorado, USA - NOV 25, 2007
Pours an amber with tiny head. Strong sweet smell. Huge sweet taste with a long syrupy finish. Followed by a warm alcohol rush. Cannot enjoy this beer. It may be the style.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rib Eye (148) - USA - DEC 11, 2002
Cloudy amber and fizzy with a quickly disappating head/ w slight lacing of the glass. Flavor is elusive but only suggestive of a traditional barley wine. There is malt. There is hops. But this tastes a bit flat and uninspired. Perhaps the suggestion on the bottle to bury it and dig it up a year later would help. It could be it just needs some aging. Fresh it is definitely boring for a barley wine and definitley not worthy of Dogfish Head. Disappointing overall.

3.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
xibalba89 (147) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 18, 2007
Pours a nice red, almost with a pink tinge, with a thin head that dissapates quickly. The aroma is great... yeast and alcohol mix with raspberries and cherries, but not in a lambic kind of way. Really awesome aroma. Funny, as I tasted it, I had forgotten that it was a Dogfish Head and thought that it tasted like Dogfish Headís raspberry beer. I wish I knew what they use to make their beers so distintictive. Is it the yeast? The body is a little watery for my taste, but itís not dry or anything like that. Kind of rough. I donít know if age would help it. Probably just needs more body. Not a bad beer. Worth it just for the aroma.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
apshah99 (147) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 14, 2008
Cloudy amber pour, thin head with small bubbles. Malty alcoholic aroma; you can smell the figs! Overly sweet syrupy initial taste smooths out wonderfully as it lingers; tastes of fruit, caramel, figs, malt, and light hops at the end. Nice carbonation and medium mouthfeel.

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 Iím going to age for a year and try it again. Overall good flavors but could use some calming down (aging).

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Savage_Night (145) - California, USA - JUL 23, 2015
Pours a hazy Amber/light brown with a small khaki head. Head retention is ok. AROMA: caramel, roasty, alcohol, herbs, earthy, slight raisin, bittersweet fruit, little pineapple, spice, hop bitterness and light citrus. TASTE: caramel, malty, alcohol, hop bitterness, spice, roasty, tropical fruit, light citrus, herbs, spruce, earthy, peppercorns, red wine acidic, cinnamon, clove, brown sugar and slight vinegar. AFTER TASTE: spice, cinnamon, hop bitterness, malty and brown sugar with a oily rich finish and boozy warmth all the way through.


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