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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.


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%.

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. Iíve had plenty of barley wines and this is one of the most potent ones Iíve had. Need to let it breath and sipping it is quite enjoyable

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
HopAutonomous (12) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 2, 2012
2011 batch on tap. Mega spice and fruit on the nose - almost raisin like. A touch harsh, but some nice rich creamy caramel flavors underneath all that alcohol.... And now Iím drunk.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Micro13Brew (12) - USA - NOV 18, 2005
Had the 2004 release. Wow this was probably my favorite brew to date. I have taken a particular interest in barleywines and this one is tops. The 2005 was just released and I plan to get some.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
alaimoa (11) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 13, 2013
Color a nice reddish. Smells fruity and tastes smooth considering Hugh alcohol ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Viking63 (11) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAR 25, 2012
Poured into snifter a hazy orange-brown coloring with a small head and some slight lacing to the glass. Excellent aroma, a real pleasure to smell. Taste was excellent. Very sweet and malty with definate flavors of fruit (dates, raisens, figs). A little bit of alcohol burn on the palate but for the most part, very well balanced. At 15% ABV, I think I will stick to consuming one bottle at a time!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Broke4Beer (9) - denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 18, 2008 does not count
Bottle. A translucent, orange copper pour with a substantial off white head that remains throughout the beer lacing the glass. The nose smells strongly of alcohol and citrus-y hops, with sweet, dark fruit underneath, perhaps plums and prunes and raisins. Flavor is broken up into three distinct sections: first bright and strong orange peel, followed by stewed plums and port wine, finishing with darker flavors like raisins and dates backed by the bitterness of the initial citrus peel. all the while the taste of the alcohol comes through. its consistency is thick and syrupy. a solid beer, great for winter nights and sharing.


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