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RATINGS: 1266   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.


3.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wj94 (69) - Virginia, USA - DEC 4, 2007
Long-time lurking, this is my first rating.....wow, this one is incredibly strong. Drank this at room temperature. Needs to be aged I think. Even though itís 15%, Iíve tasted several beers with the same alcohol level that hid the alcoholic sting much better. Long finish on the tongue, taste really stays with you. Vanilla, peach, orange flavors with a syrupy palate. Great beer 12 months from now? Either way, itíll put you under the table for a while.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bootsjohn (68) - Texas, USA - APR 17, 2012
Pours dark, rich amber from 12 oz. 2011 bottle. Thin, khaki head dissipates in middle, leaving a ring around the snifter. Smell is toffee, jammy orange, vanilla, alcohol. Taste is in my face; immediate booze from 15% backed by caramel, cereal, vanilla, brown sugar. Quite a tasty brew. Wonderful full body to complement the big flavor profile. Would like a few more 2011s (or older) to see how age treats them.

3.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ni209 (67) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 6, 2003
Whoa. this is a kick in the arse. i now see why its called barleywine, tho. this baby pours almost like water and has very little head or carbonation. after a half pint i felt it creeping up. the taste was sweet with a multitude of flavors, as Dogfish tends to do. first a fruity- hint followed by a vanilla. very strong linger. i even tasted some cinammon. this is quite a bellywarmer and i feel that it would make a good after dinner sipper. the aroma was pretty light but i could tell it was deceiving. it reminded me of their Immort and Raison mixed. It comes in gallon fifths (750ml), so either share it or hand over the keys. very good stuff i say. the bottle says that it ages well, so i'm going to see how that works out. see you next year.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
LeMunche (66) - Orland Park, Illinois, USA - JAN 26, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2008 Another quality beer from dogfish head. Lots of fruit aromas. Alcohol hidden very well. Dangerous

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DougHnut70 (64) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheLevi4000 (63) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - OCT 27, 2013
Not really a fan of barley wines. This wasnít bad. Aroma was slightly malty with fig or dried fruit presence. Taste like a Belgium quad without the spices. Alcohol heat and presence is there, but for %15 itís not over powering.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gluepot (62) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 24, 2014
The Nose is complex, as you would hope at the alcohol level -- apricots, prunes, brown sugar, a medicinal effect and dark fruit are featured. The body is rich, with taste highlights including alcohol warmth, dark fruit, prunes, dates and apricots, sweet bready malt and a Dogfish-head-traditional hint of vanilla. In the conversation for the best large beer I have ever sampled.

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.

4.3
   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.


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