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RATINGS: 1248   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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
marlin322 (61) - Florida, USA - FEB 7, 2011
for as strong as this beer is good taste pours amber golden with white head. candied malt nose, lot of caramel, dark fruit (prunes/raisens), honey and flowers. All candy taste some light floral (clovesque) finish. solid brew only wow is the alcohol, well hidden.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
onedawger (60) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2012
Poured into a snifter. Pours a cloudy burnt orange with minimal head. Taste is boozy with dark fermented fruit. Raisin and fig. Taste is light bitter and medium sweet. Very boozy with lots of dark fruit. Full bodied with a thick and creamy texture. Soft carbonation and a very long, very boozy finish.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
swong17 (58) - USA - DEC 28, 2012
Bottle. Aroma of sweet caramel malts, figs, and some pine. Packs a serious punch, both in flavor and ABV. Flavor is heavy on the malt, with flavors of syrupy caramel, figs, and dried fruit. Sticky mouthfeel with low carbonation. Very boozy and warming.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DougHnut70 (58) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 13, 2013
On tap @ Tap 25 in Livermore during SF Beer Week. Hazy orange, white head, nice looking beer for a barleywine. Taste is all fruity sweetness (dates, figs) and a little earthiness. Not enough hops and too sweet for me, but thinner than you imagine and hard to believe it is 15% ABV.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BoydJustitz (58) - Maryland, USA - OCT 24, 2010
Dark orange, heavy texture, medium head. Heavy malt & barley aroma. Almost Cognac-like mouthful with strong alcoholic taste. Sweet flavor of prunes, caramel and figs. A great "after-dinner" beer.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
srobi003 (58) - odenton, Maryland, USA - JUN 25, 2011
Dark-red in color . I can smell figs and dates in the aroma. Light head that disappears fast. I would rate this higher however if feel that the alcohol in this beer is a little to high ( an issue i have with DFH fort and WWS as well) which hinders the enjoyability of this beer and i had trouble finishing this beer. I have had other barleywines which I think are better

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jimstrassburg (57) - Germantown, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 13, 2005
Pale tan, thin cream head. Citrus hops. Not a overly intense scent. Bannaa rind scent. Taste is medium bodied. Apricot and light to medium carbonation. Very yummy. Thanks Matt.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SCP (53) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 19, 2011
Exactely what I expect from a barley wine. Perfect balance between fruity and caramel notes. Light sour notes which lighten the mouthfeel that is never too sugary. Pretty drinkable for a beast like this. Almost no alcohol even with the 15% abv. Delicious.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mattd017 (51) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2006
pours a deep red/brown with a good head. Has a strong, sweet aroma with definite alcohol undertones. Sweet, fruity flavors with a good alcohol bite. Has a good palate with lots of tiny bubbles. good barley wine.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MikeHernandez (50) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 28, 2006
Nice aroma, I thought I detected citrus (orange), banana, fruit esters, maybe plum, and of course a strong alcohol presence. The light to medium body is very hazy with a medium orangish hue. It initially tastes sweet and smooth and finishes with a heavy alcohol bitterness. The finishing taste duration is average to long. Overall: a remarkably good tasting ale despite a whopping 15% alcohol. It reminds me more of a very strong Belgian ale than a barley wine but that is not a bad thing at all. A very impressive brew as is commonplace for Dogfish Head.


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