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RATINGS: 1289   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.


2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MiP (13799) - Sřnderborg, DENMARK - OCT 15, 2010
Bottle, 15%. Vinous and alcoholic aroma, some paint thinner. Almost clear dark amber colour. The flavour is extremely sugary, quite vinous. Has some brandy as well. Sweet vanilla. Not so balanced.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (13428) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TBone (13000) - 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 (12789) - 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 (11971) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rasmus40 (11902) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 26, 2011
Hazy amber with an off-white head. Aroma is very sweet malty, caramel, dried fruit and heavy alcohol. Flavor is very sweet and moderate bitter. Very sweet finish with warming alcohol. 090711

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (11653) - 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.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
brokensail (11600) - Orange County, California, USA - APR 14, 2012
The pour is a slightly cloudy amber color with a finger of off-white head. Pretty brutal aroma. A bit of rubber cement and rubbing alcohol. There’s a little bit of candied citrus in there and some caramel. The flavor isn’t quite as brutal as the aroma...at first anyway. Lots of booze, some rubbing alcohol, and more booze. Caramel and citrus flavors are also present, but they give way to the less desirable ones as it warms.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (11531) - 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.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
rlgk (11504) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 3, 2008
Bottle. Hazy golden/amber color, small offwhite/yellowish head. Vinous aroma, nutty, lots of fruits, sherry notes, figs, raisins, some spices. oak and syrup. Raisins and figs show first in flavor, syrup and nuts, vinous, some sherry, sweetish, some oak, some spices. Nice lacing on the glass. Smooth sweetish finish with raisins and figs. Such a strong feeling without letting alcohol showing. I am amazed...


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