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RATINGS: 1300   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (9276) - 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 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jtclockwork (9077) - , 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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (9064) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GT2 (8831) - 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 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (8813) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 29, 2011
One of those "I haven’t 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (8746) - 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 it’s pretty tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (8298) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8236) - 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...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
crossovert (8220) - Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2011
Big, malty, alcoholic, but after a few sips it mellows down a bit. A good extreme one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (8106) - 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 don’t feel like this bottle had enough flavour to really do much even then. Perhaps an off batch? Oh well... pass the 90 Minute please!

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