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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.


1.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Gooner8110 (17) - Michigan, USA - FEB 6, 2005
This is almost like someone is playing some kind of sick joke on me. Did I read the label correctly... Barleywine? The color was light orange to peachy, with little head. Aroma was decent, but again, not that of a good Barleywine. The flavor wasn’t all that bad.... for a pale ale. It’s a shame these guys put so much alcohol in this, because it could be an easy drinking ale. $15 4-pack is ridiculous, mind-boggling and offensive.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TallGuy (17) - Maryland, USA - NOV 30, 2006
Overall a great barley wine. Looks/smells good, tastes good at first though it quickly tastes like cold saki. In other words, it tastes strongly of alcohol. Mind you I didn’t age this. Bottle purchased at Well’s in Baltimore. 4 pack. OF NOTE: I have never seen this on tap, yet it says common in the info...

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
danhitch (17) - USA - DEC 4, 2007
Bottle: Poured amber (kind of pale for a barley wine) with a thin off-white head. The aroma was strange. It kind of smelt like vinegar and dried fruit, not all that pleasant. The taste had notes of oak, vanilla, dried fruit, a little bit of a smoky flavor, as well as a little bit of alcohol. Overall not that great of a barley wine in my opinion. However, I could see the potential for the flavors in this beer to meld together better with age.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
weissblau (17) - - DEC 18, 2012
Pours amber with a pale head, virtually no lace. Mild aroma of herbs and malt. Tastes musty and winey with malt and ... wow, this stuff packs a punch.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dogfish_Yeti (16) - Florida, USA - FEB 10, 2013
Really great barleywine. The dates and figs are really forward. Hard to believe its 15%.

2.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
belieson (16) - USA - APR 17, 2010
Intense and not paricularly interesting. Neither here nor there. Wouldn’t get it again.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dorkasaurus (15) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 2, 2003
Fantastic barley wine. I hope I can save some and try it in a few months. They are a great brewer but in our area the prices seem to be creeping up rapidly!?!?

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
PierreCelis (14) - USA - FEB 3, 2005
A little pale colored for a barley wine. Nose reminded me of Robitussin. First taste sweet and cloying - much alcohol. Bitter cough syrup finish. Tasted in a session with Old Crustacean and Old Numbskull: both good. Olde School was an amateur attempt. Not pleasant.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AlexDonovan (14) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - AUG 14, 2005
Insanely smooth for 15%. Not much hop character, making it closer to the English standard for Barleywine than the American. That suits me fine. When I had it, it had been bottled very recently and was surprisingly drinkable. Curious to see what age will do to it, and I intend to find out.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
vw73182 (13) - Nomad, Indiana, USA - MAY 26, 2010
WOW prepare yourself for this one. The high alcohol content is very obvious. I’ve had plenty of barley wines and this is one of the most potent ones I’ve had. Need to let it breath and sipping it is quite enjoyable


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