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RATINGS: 1300   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbeahler (45) - USA - DEC 6, 2012
12oz bottle from the brewery. Not aged at all. Hell yea been waiting to try this stuff. Pours a pretty reddish copper with a thin white head that fades quickly. Aroma is huge with lots of dark fruit, raisins, dates, figs, dried plums. Nice hoppy notes as well, alcohol is there but covered magnificently, as it is 15% ABV. I love this beer. Taste is sweet up front with loads of dried fruits, Iím guessing the dates and figs. Really nice hop bitterness which helps disguise the 15%, stinging your tounge with a nicely warming finish. Medium palate, not too thick but not very carbonated. Maybe I was just in the mood for this, but I thought it was outstanding fresh. Iíll have to age a few to see if the fruit flavors develop.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gdubu493 (43) - New Jersey, USA - APR 13, 2013
Bottle bought bottle from DFH in Rehobooth in Oct-2011, opened Apr-2013. This beer does "age with the best of íem". Dark, cloudy cooper brown pour. Thin white head that disappeard quickly. No lacing. Strong, sweet aroma of caramel and salt water taffy. Front end burst of malt and orange, sweet. Back end fades quickly but 15% alcohol runs up into your nose, WOW!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
iRavali (42) - Delaware, USA - APR 2, 2014
Pours golden brown with absolutely no head. It's old school beer, so lacks any carbonation. The aroma is of sweet, malty tones. Taste of malt, figs and sweet tones through out the entire cycle. The lack carbonation doesn't impair the beer in anyway. Rate it 9/10. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rooney31 (42) - USA - DEC 12, 2006
Bottle: Pours a reddish amber color with very minimal head. Just from the smell you can tell this beer has bite. First sweet dried fruit notes and orange zest hit your nose but then the alcohol and spiciness lingers afterwards. Upon tasting you get caramel, nice malts, I want to say a touch of raspberry?, piney hops, and a strong alcohol finish. Accompanying this beer I recommend a fireplace, nice cigar, slippers, and a good novel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pompey (42) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - JAN 9, 2009
Orange pour with a wine like aroma and a smallish head. Walloping alcohol that is not balanced by the thick, sticky, sweetness with a moderate blast of hops. I prefer their 120 Min. IPA. This needs more balance. Needed a small tulip glass to drink it in. Flavors of citrus, raisins, and alcohol predominate. Too thick. Perhaps too young? Fun attempt, just not there. Still, nothing to think poorly of. Itís just a bit much. Maybe Iíll stick some away for a few years.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
surlysober (41) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 19, 2008
THIRD TRIAL: Pours a reddish orange, no head; aroma of alcohol, sweet, fruity yeast, and more alcohol; flavor is hard to describe it’s so complex, sweet maltiness up front, hop bitterness in the middle, alcohol and yeast fruitiness in the finish and alcohol burn in the finish. There’s no hiding the high ABV in this beer... It’s incredibly prominent, but in a good way... It takes on a characteristic all its own. I definitely couldn’t drink one every day, but once a year it’s an interesting experience.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
vickvega82 (40) - Maine, USA - DEC 24, 2012
Pours a dark amber with a thin white head and spotted lacing. 3 year old vintage. Smells heavy of figgs and booze. It taste almost exactly like it smells. In the right proportions this would be a winner but the dates figs and alcohol is all too much. When i started buying olde school i thought it just need to sit longer to be tasty, but if 3years isnt scratching the surface, Iím dubious 5+ would be any better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wineandbrew (40) - Steilacoom, Washington, USA - NOV 24, 2009
Bottle from Jakes bar and bistro Steilacoom, o6í bottle... absolutely fantastic body to the brew, perfect head for a 3 year old beer and still has a huge hop, malt and is so complex! Age your beers!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
brikelly (39) - New Hampshire, USA - APR 29, 2010
12oz bottle into a DFH glass. Lively head with a really beautiful, clear amber red color. Aroma of hops and caramel. Taste is intensely chewy butterscotch and quite oily. Wonderful aftertaste that starts sweet, goes to alcohol and then ends up nicely bitter. This is a great barley wine, strong but full of great character. 100% recommended.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
whartonbrewer (39) - San Franciso, California, USA - MAR 2, 2009
Pours beautifully clear, with little to no head. Aroma is of figs and dates. Wonderful old cask smell lingers as well. Wonderfully smooth on the palate. A true treat!

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