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RATINGS: 1263   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (10545) - 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 (10327) - 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.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
rlgk (10254) - Göteborg/Jönköping, 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...

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madsberg (10142) - Søborg, DENMARK - SEP 11, 2004
Bottled: Golden coloured. Dusty. Beige small head. Sweetness, alcahol, malt and some spices in the aroma. Flavour is full of sweetness and alcahol. Some caramel notes. Is very sweet and somewhat unbalanced in the end. Thanks Jens for sharing.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ratman197 (9660) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 31, 2005
What a disapointment! This has nothing I expect in a barleywine except big alcohol. Pale gold color, subdude nose, and very light flavor. One of the worst Dogfish beers ive had. Come on Sam you can do better than this.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2 (9588) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - NOV 22, 2005
Bottle from 01/2004. Pours cloudy orange straw with a tiny fizzy off-white to light tan film and some lined lacing. Fruit sweet hop (apple, grape, peach) and caramel malt (cookie, meal) aroma, some yeast (bread) and faint alcohol and citrus notes. Heavily bitter, acidic start, hop and sweet caramel malt flavor that finishes dry and acidic with notes of candy, grass and straw. Full bodied and warm smooth syrupy palate.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (9047) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 13, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2003 This beer rocks! I was gonna save this bottle and open it a year from now. Hell, that's like giving a fat chick a box of chocolates and her promising to not eat it all for a year. Ain't gonna happen. To me, this excellent Barley Wine is a cross between a Belgian trippel, a hefeweizen and a Flemish sour. This ale is a slightly hazy, coppery orange hue. Medium-sized, creamy, off-white head. Mostly diminishing with cool lacework. Great aroma!! Warm alcohol up front with notes of Oak, citrus, fuzzy fruits, white raisins, dates, figs and buttermilk. Also huge notes of dry white wine. Along with the fruit and wine, caramel and butter seep slowly up one's nose. Regarding the flavor; I cannot imagine how good this Barley Wine would be with another year of aging. The flavor isn't quite "through the roof", but it's drilling quite a hole. Caramel, English toffee and tons of fuzzy fruits up front. Chardonnay, citrus fruit, apricots and lightly bitter herbs on the backside. This barley wine is excellently well-balanced and the very high ABV, though slightly evident, is fairly well hidden. Full-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Lengthy, tart, citrusy, herbal finish. Wow! I just burped... and a whole grapefruit just flew out of my mouth. Not an attractive picture, but you get the point. Not Your Father's Barley Wine! Underrated and highly recommended! Another great offering from a great brewery!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daknole (9042) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 8, 2009
Bottle from Total Wine. A very nice reddish orange pour)slighty cloudy) Aroma is sweet with notes of banana bread, sweet malts and honey. Flavor has some muscadine grapes, slightly underripe peaches, wildflower honey and some dried orange peel. This is a fun beer and worthy of rating # 1400. Cheers.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
adnielsen (8963) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 26, 2010
Tasted from a 12 oz bottle purchased in Denver, Colorado. Pours a red/orange appearance with a light head. Head is alcoholic, wine-like, sweet, and a lot like red fruits. Very strong flavor that’s initially a lot like grapefruit, follows through with a wine-like mouthfeel, and finishes incredibly strong. Beer is incredibly strong and is not masked well. There are however a lot of flavors going on. Pretty complex beer once you make it through the alcohol. Definitely a sipper. There are better barleywines out there, just not too many stronger ones.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (8526) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 26, 2005
I found it a cross between a traditional barleywine and an American Pale. It is an attempt to improve on the roughness of American barleywines, and I think by Joev they did it. The smell of barleywine, although surprisingly pale colour. Some hops and barleywine not over the top. Tasty if you care somewhat for the style. I do I do.


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