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RATINGS: 1261   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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jsnicholas (59) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - JUN 22, 2014
Bottle (12oz) dated 2007 (7 years old). Pours a cloudy brown with a lot of floaters. I had very little head.Light carbination. Not real familiar with Bareley WIne, but this tastes almost more like a wine than a beer. Lots of sweetness, alcohol hit you first and has a nice warming. I might save the rest for winter.

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.

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

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.

3.3
   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.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gluepot (53) - 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.


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