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RATINGS: 1320   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.


4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
NotoriousJ (39) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - APR 16, 2014
2012 bottle. Excellent since the last time I had it it's conditioned very well. The Maris otter malt shines with the compliments of figs and dates. Very little carbonation nice malty sweetness not too sweet. Nice mellow finish. Would never be able to tell it's 15% except for the heat rising up my face. Excellent can't wait to have another one of these next year. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
joelfaber (37) - Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2014
Bottle at home. Poured amber with very little foam. Aroma shows the high alcohol content with some citrus too. Taste like dried dates, vanilla and a hint of licorice. A tangy flavour lingers for a while. Medium body, not sticky like I was expecting. Very good.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BnMBrewCrew (36) - Randolph, New Jersey, USA - APR 20, 2010
aroma - Reeks of hops and alcohol with a pleasant overtone of orange and a hint of raisin. Appearance -Nice amber color, with a very thin, fleeting, white head. Taste - Hops, alcohol, and fruit abound in this dogfish creation. This beer tastes quite like it smells. The alcohol is typical of a barley wine, very strong; however, I feel there could have been more effort into balancing the alcohol with the flavors of Olde School. Palate - A very smooth sensation as this beer slides into your palate. The body on this is medium, although the alcohol makes it feel full. Carbonation is soft, tingling slightly on your tongue. The finish is hoppy.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AmykalH04 (35) - - JUL 14, 2014
A- Pours a burnt orange with a nice light tan head. Head retention doesnt hold for very long. S- I get dark fruit which obviously comes from the figs and dates. if it wasnt for the label i might say currants. T- Seriously smooth for 15% with a great dark fruit finish. Sweetness from the caramel malts but a good sweetness. M- Medium bodied with a great coat. O- Awesome what they did with this beer. so strong but yet so well balanced.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
dzzz333 (35) - Elkton, Maryland, USA - JAN 24, 2010
Very good beer! almost a wine instead of a beer but overall this beer rocks and is top notch!

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Lognar (33) - - SEP 30, 2013
(1/5/13) A - a beautiful coppery orange. S - Sweet. Tons of sweetness. Right away itís got me thinking of a sweet white wine instead of a beer. Dark fruit, citrus, and orange peel dominate the nose with the orange peel adding some acidity. T - Sweet and fruity. The nose was a great preview of the taste. Tons of sweetness and citrus. Hints of orange peel bitterness carry the finish. I am loving the taste of this brew. M - Chewy, almost syrupy, and nice and warming. O - What a wonderful brew. This being only my second barleywine ever, I still do not know the style that well, but this was just amazing. Great sweetness. A nice smooth alcohol warmness. The, wait let me check, 15% alcohol - really? damn, this brew could get me in trouble - the 15% is hidden really well and doesnít dominate the brew with booziness. I loved this brew fresh. I can only imagine what some time in the cellar would do for it.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rakluba (33) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - JAN 30, 2008
Delicious grapes with piney woody notes. Great soft mouthfeel. warming. Alcohol is disguised quite well.Great beer from Dogfish Head.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CAmes (32) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - JAN 26, 2006
I didnít expect to be bored by a $4, 15% bottle of beer. The color is very light and unclouded. Little aroma. Not bad, but I donít think Iíll buy again.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JFowler (31) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 26, 2006
This is the best barleywine I have sampled to date. I tend not to rate these beers as high as other types that Iím impartial to but I must say this one is very smooth. It is a meal in it self with very complex fruit and hop finish. Most beers this strong have an overbearing alcohol flavor. This one does not have that. Go see Matt at dogfish in rehoboth beach DE. Tell him your old school.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
davisnmn (30) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 28, 2009
I poured the glass full and let it breath for a few minutes and warm up slightly. I put the glass slowly to my lips took a drink, pulled back and said damn. This beer is truly a barley wine. Itís all there. Sip this beer slow and enjoy.


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