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RATINGS: 1315   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (11643) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 12, 2013
Keg at the Ginger Man, NYC, 23/11/13. Clear amber with a good sized beige head. Nose is stewed dark fruits, brown sugars, steeped prunes, dates, rich cake mix all masked with a boozey-do cloak. Taste comprises dark toffee fudge, stewed dark fruits, light spice, raisens, woody tang, caramelised sugars, booze is not too shy but not over cooked. Full bodied, fine carbonation, warming alcohol in the conclusion. Decent barleywine, you know it has a kick but is ever so drinkable for the ABV, well integrated - you’d take a stab at 10%. Nice work.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (11615) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcwattsrugger (11348) - 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 (10884) - 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

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ratman197 (10711) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madsberg (10598) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2 (10541) - San Diego, California, 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jtclockwork (10306) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 7, 2010
Lots of sediment in the glass. Nose and mouth feel of alcohol, grass, resin, spruce, brown sugar and molasses. Rated 5/16/04

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daknole (10100) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (9999) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - OCT 30, 2008
2007 bottle courtesy of ucusty. Thanks! Pours a hazy browish red with minimal head. Huge boozy rubbing alcohol in the nose with some brown sugar and fruity notes. Taste is booze, molasses, brown sugar, woody hops, raisin and citrus. Thick bodied and quite the undertaking.


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