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RATINGS: 1248   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.


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4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbeahler (38) - USA - DEC 6, 2012
12oz bottle from the brewery. Not aged at all. Hell yea been waiting to try this stuff. Pours a pretty reddish copper with a thin white head that fades quickly. Aroma is huge with lots of dark fruit, raisins, dates, figs, dried plums. Nice hoppy notes as well, alcohol is there but covered magnificently, as it is 15% ABV. I love this beer. Taste is sweet up front with loads of dried fruits, Iím guessing the dates and figs. Really nice hop bitterness which helps disguise the 15%, stinging your tounge with a nicely warming finish. Medium palate, not too thick but not very carbonated. Maybe I was just in the mood for this, but I thought it was outstanding fresh. Iíll have to age a few to see if the fruit flavors develop.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wheresyourball (445) - El Cajon, California, USA - APR 15, 2014
On tap. Copper pour with white head. Nose is dark fruit, brown sugar, booze. Flavor is intense malt, caramel, figs, dark fruit. Sweet, rich finish. Not up there with Alpine Great but on par with BC Barleywine; impressive.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
iRavali (22) - Delaware, USA - APR 2, 2014
Pours golden brown with absolutely no head. It's old school beer, so lacks any carbonation. The aroma is of sweet, malty tones. Taste of malt, figs and sweet tones through out the entire cycle. The lack carbonation doesn't impair the beer in anyway. Rate it 9/10. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BlowOffTube (385) - Michigan, USA - APR 1, 2014
Thanks budznsudz Pours murky brown thin off white head. Brown sugar and.dark fruit aroma. Raisins and fig taste with caramel and brown sugar. Medium body light carbonation. Hint of hops. Nice.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DiarmaidBHK (3161) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 21, 2014
Draft from Dogfish head fairfax. Pours cognac brown with a thin head. Doesnít leave much lacing. Big boozy woody nose. Smells a bit like diesel. Smooth on the tongue with some hops dipped in sugar kind of vibe. Finishes clean. Hides itís booze well. Not a big barleywine fan but this is name.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gendv138 (334) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAR 17, 2014
From notes, consumed on 6/26/13. Pours caramel orange with not much off-white head. Head fades quickly leaving a half finger ring. Aromas of caramel, candied fruit, dark fruit, toffee, apples. Tasting notes of dark fruit, candied fruit, apples, white fruit, caramel, toffee. Boozy semi-dry finish with a medium body.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
skmikeg (737) - Poway, California, USA - MAR 17, 2014
Pours a ruby brown with a thin tan head with decent lacing. Aroma is of candied fruits, figs, dates, toffee, bread pudding, molasses, sweet caramel malts, and some yeasty notes. Taste is similar to the aroma with maybe just a little booze in the finish. Has a full body with a creamy, oily mouthfeel, and a slightly dry, semi bitter, long finish. Overall, a complex, tasty barleywine that is a nice dessert sipper.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
williamstome (752) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 17, 2014
Ruddy brown pour with small off-white head. Aroma of sweet chocolate, flavor is big and complex, with notes of chocolate, butterscotch and fruit. Intense. Great body, great beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KyotoLefty (5894) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 15, 2014
Tap at Macgregors. Malty English style nose, oranges, honey. Pretty, deep orange color with a low head. Tangy orange flavors, honey, biscuits, dark fruits, a good bit of tartness. Creamy, full body. Lovely.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
dcbiebel (2) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2014 does not count
Just tried the other day for the first time, one of my new favorites! Couldnít even tell it was 15% abv!! Dangerous

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2014
12 oz bottle into a tasting snifter. A: Pours a clear reddish copper color. While the off-white colored head isnít turribly impressive, it does have a bit of duration which almost belies its gravity. Not much lacing either. It does leave alcohol legs behind, though. S: Dark. Fruit. Overload. Of course, being brewed with dark fruits helps - in this case, it already amplifies what the dominant note should be. While there are alcoholic traces for sure, especially once it warms up slightly, you canít really tell itís 15% at all. Also upon opening up, it develops a subtle yet prevalent bread aroma. T: Immediately, sweetness hits the tongue. Dark fruits and caramel give way to a sour middle - not sour as in "wild ale", but sour as in "musty and leathery". And is it ever leathery. Boozy, but hey, itís 15%. Honestly, the presence of alcohol here doesnít bother me as much as it did in, say, Palo Santo Marron. Past its alcoholic finish lies strong tones of vanillin sweetness; had there been any sort of oaky presence, you could have almost fooled me into thinking this was barrel-aged. While itís damn enjoyable, itís a bit too reliant on brute force and heavy handed sweetness to be a world beater. M: Super soft, super creamy, which is exactly what is demanded. I could use a touch more body to help conceal the alcohol better. The finish is super, ultra, mega, uber sticky, and this does create a slightly less harsh feel. In fact, itís actually un-impossible to drink given its sweet and boozy nature. Still, drinking a bottle of this solo would turn into a chore. O: It has the general profile of an English-style barleywine...but the bigness and brute force of a íMerican one. Having said that, this is one of DFHís better offerings, and obviously a great aging candidate. Even fresh, the booze is hidden relatively well. Relatively. If I ever buy this again, down in the ground they go.


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