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RATINGS: 1251   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.


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (12770) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 30, 2007
Bottle at home (Thanks Puzzl for the trade) - shared with Mette. Cloudy red/brown - white head. High sweetness, raisins, plums, dates, figs, candy, vingummi, light light hoppy, light light dusty and ashes aroma, wineous. Dry finish. Powerfull. 15% ABV is very well hidden.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TBone (11926) - Pori, FINLAND - DEC 29, 2007
Bottled vintage 2004
Copper brown color, small off-white head. Rye bread, citrus and hops in the nose, not overly strong aroma. Citrus, hops, tropical fruits in suprisingly refreshing flavor, notes of toffee in the aftertaste. Alcohol is not shown in the flavor, but it really kicks when drink arrives to stomach - really warming brew. Not an Earth shaking barley wine, but good tasty beer to sip slowly.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Oakes (11842) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 6, 2003
Blazing golden brown. You can tell by the colour that only pale malts were used, but I wouldn't have guessed Maris Otter. Light fruit note, with a little bit of toastiness. Sweet palate with alcohol burn coming through. Fading leafy hop on the left. Too simple to be a top-flight barley wine.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 26, 2004
(Bottle) Pours a cloudy orange color with an off-white head. Has an aroma of caramel and alcohol. Flavor is of alcohol and fruit.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (11181) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 3, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2004 Hazy amber with off-white head. Aroma is sweet, cherry, some grapefruit. Taste is sweet, grapefruit, cherry, some date. Full bodied, but as with many DFH beers, you'd never guess there's near as much alcohol here as there actually is. And also in typical DFH fashion, this beer is not typical for style, and tastes great anyway.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcwattsrugger (11004) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 19, 2010
@CBC RareBeer Tour–12oz bottle-pours a thin white head and gold color. Aroma is sweet medium malt-toffee, raisin. Taste is sweet medium malt-toffee, raisin, candy sugar, herbal hops bite, wood.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2007 Name: Olde School
Date: 01/06/2007
Mode: Bottle
Source: Vintage Cellar, VA

cloudy orange, frothy white head, sweet and tart citrus fruit aroma, sweet malt flavor, lots of nice hop flavor and bitterness,

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.2/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **+/4
-------- /> Name: Olde School
Date: 03/29/2004
Mode: Bottle
Source: Vintage Cellar, VA
Vintage: 2004

pours into a rusty opaque nectar with just a wispy trace of a head, light sweet citrus aroma, rich malt flavor, initial wahming effect on the first sip but no aparant alcohol afterwords, nice fruity character, nice light bitter finish, hint of citrus, fruityness gets stronger as it warms, bitterness really takes a back seat, should age really well,
-------- /> Name: Olde School
Date: 08/02/2005
Vintage: 2004

opaque orange after adding a nice dose of sedement, thin off white head leaving very nice lace, mild sweet malty aroma, light and fruity malt flavor, nice hop character with mild bitterness, very deceptive, fruityness comes out really nice, more of an aprocot than a plum, aging nicely
-------- /> Name: Olde School
Date: 06/24/2006
Vintage: 2004

thining out a bit, still the nice apricot fruit flavor, a hint of alcohol, a bit of sugary sweetness

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.5/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **4
-------- /> Name: Olde School
Date: 11/18/2007
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewpub
Vintage: 2007

clear dark copper, fine beige head, hot sweet dark caramel malt aroma with lots of fruity character balanced by earthy hops, sweet malt flavor, lots of fruity character, caramel sweetness brings out the fruit, plenty of alcohol adds a hotness and light spicyness but does not overly detract from the overall character, good earthy bitterness adds balance and a light bitter finish but still allows the sweet fruity character to shine, wonderful young and could only get better with age,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 3.8/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **4

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (10355) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 3, 2006
Chartreuse cap. Bottle 10/16/06, but who can wait. Aroma of malt, resiny hop, and alcohol. Actually a bit phenolic. Brilliant color of ripe apricot flesh. No head. Full body. Sweet, but starts like medium fruit rather than malt. Alcohol and malt go along, and between them tend to dominate the hop. Some bitterness shows up in the finish, but it’s more like a hint of oak rather than pine or citrus.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (10091) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2006
Bottle. Poured hazy copper color with a large frothy light brown head that was mostly lasting with very good lacing. Moderate fruity, yeast and alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a sticky texture and soft carbonation. Heavy complex fruity balanced flavor with a heavy bittersweet finish of long duration. This is a standout beer.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 18, 2010
2007 bottle at DFH Rehoboth Beach, on the same day that Roy Rogers’ horse Trigger and his German Shepherd (both stuffed, of course) were sold at auction to some guy who owns a radio station. Our dessert beer. Golden copper color, off white head, scant lacing. Aroma of caramel, white wine, brandy. Taste of alcohol up front, candied caramel apples, vanilla. Very tasty.


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