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RATINGS: 1261   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (8302) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 5, 2008
2007 bottle. Bright ruddy colour with a slight yeasty haze. Aroma is quite light and fruity. Fruity candied/stewed fruits. Light figs/plums as well as a lovely honeyed sweetness. A hint of citrus and pine as well. Flavour is fairly fruity and sweet. Initially shows light cherry, orange peel and pale malt sweetness. Very peppery and lightly alcoholic. Quite warming. A bit of pineapple on the back. Not as hoppy as I would have thought, but itís pretty tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GT2 (8159) - San Diego County, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (8030) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (7898) - The íSham, Surrey, 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 - youíd take a stab at 10%. Nice work.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jtclockwork (7885) - , 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (7855) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7813) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JorisPPattyn (7772) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (7682) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (7677) - 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...

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