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RATINGS: 1307   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.


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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mattd017 (51) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2006
pours a deep red/brown with a good head. Has a strong, sweet aroma with definite alcohol undertones. Sweet, fruity flavors with a good alcohol bite. Has a good palate with lots of tiny bubbles. good barley wine.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MikeHernandez (50) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 28, 2006
Nice aroma, I thought I detected citrus (orange), banana, fruit esters, maybe plum, and of course a strong alcohol presence. The light to medium body is very hazy with a medium orangish hue. It initially tastes sweet and smooth and finishes with a heavy alcohol bitterness. The finishing taste duration is average to long. Overall: a remarkably good tasting ale despite a whopping 15% alcohol. It reminds me more of a very strong Belgian ale than a barley wine but that is not a bad thing at all. A very impressive brew as is commonplace for Dogfish Head.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
reedcd2 (47) - USA - DEC 8, 2005
Great golden color with champagne like bubbles rising. Suprisingly clear with thin off white head. The first sip packs a punch and you definitely notice the alcohol. Definite malts and figs in the smell. Strong malts and port wine feel in the taste.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RZahler (47) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 20, 2010
Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head signature glass and different snifter. The beer had a very nice head with great aroma. Very drinkable, with a not to overpowering malt flavor.

4
   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, I’m 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. I’ll have to age a few to see if the fruit flavors develop.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gdubu493 (44) - 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 ’em". 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!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
iRavali (43) - 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


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