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RATINGS: 1286   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.


4.4
   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.

4.2
   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!

4.9
   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

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
LilBill66 (9) - Glassboro, New Jersey, USA - APR 11, 2003 does not count
This was a GREAT ale on tap at the brewery, but it was a GOOD ale in the bottle. It seemed flat, maybe on purpose, I don't know. The flavor was there but I liked the carbonation at the brewpub. I'm aging a few bottles so we'll see.

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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
CSchenning (8) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - FEB 15, 2008 does not count
2007 12oz. bottle. Served slightly chilled in two large Reidel snifters. Poured a golden, if nearly copper color, with minimal off-white head. Big alcohol aroma, as well as pear and rum. Overwhelming notes of rasin and fig...but in a good way. One and done, for sure...extremely strong!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
high%alcohol (8) - Philadelphia, USA - DEC 26, 2009 does not count
Had this beer with pigs-in-a-blanket. Solid beer. A little too sweet for my liking. Strange, but I felt this was similar to their 120 IPA. Nice warming alcohol feel. Produced a good burp. Nothing exotic, pretty standard. Suprisingly easy to drink. Had one late Christmas Eve while wrapping presents. Needless to say the presents looked like trash Christmas ímorn.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sjmckenzie (7) - Maryland, USA - DEC 28, 2012 does not count
Smooth and tasteful Exactly what your looking for in a barleywine ale. Absolutely phenomenal and a must try

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tallboy2 (7) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUN 2, 2008 does not count
Bottle; pours copper with a little sediment; next to no head poured in a wine glass; aromas of bourbon, walnut, and caramel; plenty of warmth from the 15% abv; looking forward to the next release

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dcr2 (7) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 4, 2009 does not count
Sweet caramel and fig smell. I noticed that many people said that this beer poured really clear, but I made sure to swirl the last fourth of the beer to stir up the sediment and boy did this beer pour beautifully cloudy. Amazing unfiltered amber. Thin head. Wonderful rich flavor and full palate. The best barley wine Iíve tried yet.


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