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RATINGS: 1336   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   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.


fatty's rating

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fatty (363) - Perkiomenville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 21, 2006
Pours clear, honey amber with medium, rocky, bubbly head. Aroma is sweet, dark fruit, raisin, candied sugar, citrus. Flavor is candy sugar, malt, raisin. Light warming finish and sticky on the lips.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MaltOne (315) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 3, 2016
This must be at least five years old. Pours clear Madeira color.. light red with golden brown hue.. no head. Beautiful, rich nose, like a vintage sherry, with dried golden figs. Flavor is concentrated fruit sweetness, figs and dried cherries with slightest dry edge. Palate is slightly syrupy, coating mouth and tongue, and lingering Overall, extraordinary. I keep coming back to quality vintage sherry as the closest comparison.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mfhennig (276) - McHenry County, Illinois, USA - FEB 12, 2016
Great color, aroma and flavor. Smooth, easy to drink. Probably the best barley wine I’ve had. Dogfish brews some truly great beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
olio (9216) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 6, 2016
355 ml bottle. Bottled 2012.
Pours clear dark mahogany color with a small head. Nice apricot and ripe plums, vanilla, wood and toffee. Flavor is raisins, plums, wood, caramel, toffee, mild alcohol notes, faint vanilla and subtle nougat. Very refined and enjoyable slow sipper. This has aged well (without knowing how a fresh one tastes).
4426

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiong (6392) - Espoo, FINLAND - FEB 6, 2016
355ml bottle

Bottled in 2012B - Pours reddish orange with a small white head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, syrup, ripe fruits, hints of jam, berries and dates. Taste is a bit boozy, woody and malty with loads of ripe fruits, syrup, toffee, caramel, dates and hints of berries. Finish is sweet, warming and heavy with some ripe fruits, caramel, toffee, berries, hints of syrup. Quite sweet and heavy slow sipper.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
laiti (8036) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 6, 2016
35,5 cl bottle @ home. Bottled 2012.
Aroma is sweet and complex with caramel, toffee, jam and raisins. Flavour has alcohol, woody tones, vanilla, and caramel. Okay, the alcohol is sharp here but it fits in and cuts the sweetness.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thepatrickman (784) - Durham, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 22, 2016
Bottle, about 18 months old. Phew, this is a beast hiding in a 12oz bottle! Big aroma of sweet malt and raisins with a bit of booze. The flavor is huge, combining barleywine sweetness with a bit of the fruit flavor from the dates. It finishes surprisingly dry -- almost astringent -- with the malts dropping away and a moderate hop bitterness lingering.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Koelschtrinker (16815) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - DEC 9, 2015
Investiver, ziemlich süßer Antrunk. Leichte Oxidierung, geringe Schokoladigkeit. Alkoholische Noten, vollmundig. Die Süße wird zum Glück geringer, weich, minimale Herbe. Nett, etwas zu viel Alkohol. 8/11/12/10/13/11

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yourilevesque (1292) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 7, 2015
Dégustée en compagnie de Cédrick. La bière est orange et un important dépôt solide qui tombe lourdement et bruyamment au fond de mon verre. Le liquide présente des notes fruitées. La datte ayant sucré le liquide de son sucre plutôt sec, j’y détecte des notes de cassonade brûlée et macérée dans l’alcool car disons-le, cette bière cache très mal l’alcool qui la constitue! La figue de son côté apporte une rondeur agréable au liquide et un corps sans lequel la bière aurait été imbuvable. Légère amertume en fin de bouche laissée par un apport apprécié en houblons, cette bière se doit d’être partagée et dégustée lentement, très lentement.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (9755) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 2, 2015
Bottle. Pours a cloudy orange with medium off white head that lasts leaving sticky lacing. The aroma is strong booze and dark fruit. Thin mouth, sweet honey malt, strong booze, candy sugar, really nice.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
valpoaj (729) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - NOV 28, 2015
Bottle aged for, well, quite a long time (> 5 years..possibly much longer). Enough noise when opening bottle to quell worries of it being massively oxidized. Pours black, minimal head, minimal carbonation, but not used motor oil. Aroma is, well, actually quite beautiful - tons of caramelized malt, toffee, booze, dark fruits...just very pleasant on the nose. Flavor is pretty impressive as well - similar to the aroma, the caramel flavor comes to the forefront with a ton of dark fruit flavor as well. The booze flavor is very evident, but it is incredibly smooth. Medium to heavy mouthfeel seems very appropriate. Ok, I admit, I should have tried this fresher, and now I want to see how it is fresh, because this was absolutely sublime with this much age on it (now I can admit it...this is probably from about 2007)


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