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RATINGS: 1265   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.


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4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gdubu493 (27) - New Jersey, USA - APR 13, 2013
Bottle bought bottle from DFH in Rehobooth in Oct-2011, opened Apr-2013. This beer does "age with the best of ’em". Dark, cloudy cooper brown pour. Thin white head that disappeard quickly. No lacing. Strong, sweet aroma of caramel and salt water taffy. Front end burst of malt and orange, sweet. Back end fades quickly but 15% alcohol runs up into your nose, WOW!


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (2559) - Michigan, USA - AUG 24, 2014
12 ounce bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled in 2010A. Pours hazy reddish copper color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, plum, cherry, fig, date, pear, apple, caramel, brown sugar, toast, toffee, brown bread, light herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity and balance of big fruitiness and dark/bready malt sweetness; with great strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, cherry, fig, date, pear, apple, caramel, brown sugar, toast, toffee, brown bread, herbal, light pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Slight earthy/peppery bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, cherry, fig, date, pear, apple, caramel, brown sugar, toast, toffee, brown bread, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and balance of fruitiness and dark/bready malt sweetness; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth, fairly crisp, and lightly slick mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent barleywine style! All around great complexity and balance of fruitiness and dark/bready malt sweetness; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pinkzambia (1460) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 22, 2014
Bottle - Monde Market (philly): murky reddish brown with a small tan head. Great aroma of leathery hops, sweet alcohol. Flavors that linger with figs and dates. Great idea! It has hints of pipe tobacco. Extremely tasty!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sitzds (290) - - AUG 3, 2014
On tap at Fairfax alehouse poured into snifter. Copper body with thin bone head that quickly collapses to nothing. Aroma is butter, alcohol, candied fruit especially orange, and toffee. Flavor is apples and pears, dried dark fruit, orange, buttery, spicy alcohol note on the swallow. Full body, thick viscous texture, light carbonation, boozy finish.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AmykalH04 (35) - - JUL 14, 2014
A- Pours a burnt orange with a nice light tan head. Head retention doesnt hold for very long. S- I get dark fruit which obviously comes from the figs and dates. if it wasnt for the label i might say currants. T- Seriously smooth for 15% with a great dark fruit finish. Sweetness from the caramel malts but a good sweetness. M- Medium bodied with a great coat. O- Awesome what they did with this beer. so strong but yet so well balanced.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Weezel (189) - Florida, USA - JUL 6, 2014
2012 bottle. Spicy rye on the nose. Taste is mellow figs, raisins, burnt sugar, toffee with a grape finish. Super chilled out after a little rest and the alcohol is very well hidden.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
orangesol (687) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 6, 2014
Three year vertical, ’11-13. I decided the 2012 was my favorite so I will write my review for that one.

A - Pours murky brown with a decent one finger tall khaki colored head, quickly dissipating down to a very light film, leaving little to no lace on the sides of the glass.

S - Smells of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, dash of earthy hops, bit of dried fruit and plenty of mildly toasted malt. Definitely sweet, booze starts to creep in once it warms up a bit.

T - Starts off with the strong sugary sweetness; mainly made up of the aforementioned toffee, caramel and brown sugar; slowly being joined by the dried fruit, toasted malts and the ever present booze. Finish is plenty sweet with a mild booze burn, lingering long after the finish.

M - Medium-Heavy body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, sweet feel with a bit of booze burn at the end of each sip.

O - This was easily the best of the three. The ’11 was a malt bomb and nothing else and the ’13 was still a little raw. If you are going to age these I would say two years is the perfect amount.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jsnicholas (117) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - JUN 22, 2014
Bottle (12oz) dated 2007 (7 years old). Pours a cloudy brown with a lot of floaters. I had very little head.Light carbination. Not real familiar with Bareley WIne, but this tastes almost more like a wine than a beer. Lots of sweetness, alcohol hit you first and has a nice warming. I might save the rest for winter.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AlmostHome (19) - Gulfport, Mississippi, USA - MAY 29, 2014
Excellent Barleywine, great thick head and full taste. Finishes strong. Dark color. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (3889) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAY 27, 2014
Walks a rare line that marks a drinkable good barley wine without being excellent or a horrible mess. Sweet malt, some bitterness and some booze. Good balance. Syrupy sweetness at a tempered level, light citrus, of which this beer would do better with a light touch more, but otherwise good. On tap at DC Summerfest.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrewGoblin (282) - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - MAY 20, 2014
Velvety brown syrup poured proudly out of this bottled bugger. It dates a fig and kisses the raisins right off of her toffee. Sits oily and thick on the licker machine, keeps the flames flickering with alcohol and roasty nutty malt. Olde is the new New.


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