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RATINGS: 1315   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
   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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beeratarian (139) - cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 31, 2010
Pours a syrupy orangish brown with thin cream colored head, Aroma of sweet honey and dried fruit with slight pine in backround, Taste is sweet, syrup, not enough hops to round out the sweetness, I would think about five years and this will be awesome for an after dinner port substitute.

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.

3.7
   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.

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

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Angelmonster (135) - 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.

3.6
   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!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thickfreakness (132) - AUSTIN, Texas, USA - AUG 18, 2008

A 12 ounce Bottled on 10/17/07. Tasted on 4/23/08

Poured this into my Duvel glass. Has a deep orange color and a nice one inch beige head that slowly settles to a thin layer of foam. Wow this smells really boozy. I can smell a little bit of raisin and some sweet fruit and caramel but mainly just booze. The taste is much like the smell. A little bit of honey and some sweet fruit and then the alcohol and strong sweet taste hits and leaves with a slightly bitter after taste. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy. The drinkability takes a big hit for the 15% abv and the strong alcohol taste. I had this around early January and decided to let it age some but this did not make much of a difference. Overall a pretty sweet, boozy barleywine that should definitely be shared.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ajwilliams (132) - , Indiana, USA - JAN 20, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2009 Pours a deep orange with a thin white head. Aroma of sweet peaches, brown sugar, and alcohol. Flavor is enormous. So strong, with raisins, figs, toasted malt, caramel, and warming booze. This is a great barlewine, and One that I will definitely try to age.


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