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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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (8096) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (7950) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GT2 (7899) - Carlsbad, California, USA - DEC 9, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2008 2008 bottle. Pours a clear dark orange with a two-finger beige head that sticks around for the entire drink. Unreal lacework. Incredible aroma of yellow raisins, alcohol, raw cane sugar, yeast, dried fruits, candied figs. Taste is sweet malt and candy up front later balanced by spicy hops and warming alcohol. Syrupy mouthfeel.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (7803) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 22, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2004 Feb, 2004 bottle - Clear orange appearance. Musty nose of oranges, soap, butter, wood, and butterscotch candy. The alcohol bites at the back of the throat, with a roasted nut and orange flavor. Spiced finish. A bittersweet beer tonight... one of the few that survived the theft of my truck.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7789) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 7, 2008
2007 Bottle thanks to mar. Pours with a off-white head covering a hazy orange body. Aroma of curacao, raisins, florals and alcohol. Taste is sweet with rotten orange and deep malts and cotton candy. Syrupy mouthfeel with light bubbles.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JorisPPattyn (7722) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - AUG 11, 2003
Light amber with reddish shine. Slim white head (well, with 15 ABV...). Vinous, estery, but with a surprising touch of fresh cilandro/corianderleaf-aromatised hops. Taste: WOW!! imagine a mash of dried fruits, marinated in portwine, nuts, orange zeste, fresh Carribean herbs and more, liquified in a blender. Mouthfeel is , well, what I just said. And then, there's some alcohol. This is one big bastard of a beer. I'd like to see more of those around.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (7523) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 13, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2005 Flirtatious sweet oranges mingle with a copious maple syrup...Beatific apricots and suave figs encounter fulfillment in the gregariousness of a white wine/flower petal hybrid...This citrusy and yeasty caress of smooth and complex Dogfish Head elegance wakens a volatile volition...

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (7502) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 5, 2004
As for Samís description, I definitely wouldnít bury this one and come back a year later for it. Itís too good now for that. Plus, between the moles and my dead relatives, this bottle would be sucked dry in no time. At any rate, this one pours very turbid gold, with a minimal white head. The aroma is complex, with hints of big malt, fruit, port, cabernet, cognac, and hops. The finish is firm, malty, with fruit, a slight acrid hoppiness, and some citrus. The alcohol is there....I estimated 8%....I was blown away when I saw this as 15%!!!! Perhaps not quite as complex as some barleywines Iíve had, but this one was very good. The bad news is that having had this and a 25 ounce Avery The Czar tonight, Iím going to have to save my 120 minute IPA until tomorrow night...........LIVE.......in the chatroom!.......with special guest Mike Tyson (OK, Iím kidding about that last part). Another winner from Sam Calagione and DFH.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (7348) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 7, 2007
Bottle courtesy of HogTownHarry - Many thanks! This is one of the last of the "big" well known DFH beers for me. Hazy orange amber with a small beige head. Big boozey aroma, mild orange citrus and light caramel notes in the aroma. Flovour is lightly malty with a hit of hoppy bitterness, mild caramel malt that comes out a bit more as it warms. Medium palate. Disappointing, it is overly boozey and lacks the depth I had hoped for. Perhaps some age would round out the alcohol a bit, but I donít feel like this bottle had enough flavour to really do much even then. Perhaps an off batch? Oh well... pass the 90 Minute please!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (7253) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 29, 2011
One of those "I havenít rated this?" beers. Pours a dark copper-honey color with a medium thin off-white head that diminishes quickly to a film. Spotty lacing on the glass. The aroma is somewhat boozy with caramel and ripe fruits. Rich body with flavors of caramel malt, citrus, slight hops and warming alcohol. The finish is nearly cloyingly sweet with a lingering malt aftertaste. Pretty good overall.


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