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RATINGS: 1335   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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - OCT 18, 2005
12 oz bottle: Lighter orangey amber w/ a lasting off white head and big alcohol legs on the glass. Alcohol, white grapes, and more alcohol dominate the aroma. The alcohol is solventy like hair spray. Whiffs of toasty malt and black peppery scotch whiskey beyond the alcohol. There also seems to be a little woodyness, possibly from alcohol, and some hints of figs. Really well balanced for a big beer, but definitely malty. Some caramel, fruity ester flavors, a bit of citrusy hop at the malt dominant finish. Toasty malt comes through more mid palate beyond alcohol. Did I mention thereís alcohol in this beer? Hints of woody fig which is in the lingering aftertaste along w/ the citrusy hop. Not as thick and syrupy as one might imagine, but definitely on the hot side. Lighter full body w/ a low level of carbonation. Iíd like to see this one a few degrees plato less on the fermentable scale as alcohol dominates the entire character of the beer. I also wish I had a couple extra for "burying" in the ground like the bottle suggests.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FlacoAlto (4100) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 5, 2006
This is a brilliantly clear full copper color that is topped by a frothy, pale tan colored head. The aroma is quite sweet smelling with soft notes of orange, hints of mint, some sort of a funky note reminiscent of tropical fruit, and a bright herbal note. The aroma is nice, but for some reason is not all that inviting.

The taste is quite sweet with lots of fruit notes reminiscent of green raisins, dessert wine grapes, and hints of sweet plums. There is a fair amount of hopping here, but it plays second fiddle to the sweet malt. There is a light (at least relative to the malt) bitterness in the finish, which is preceded by a soft herbal hop flavor that accentuates the sweet fruity notes.

This is definitely has the characteristic flavors of Dogfish Headís other higher alcohol beers; the intense sweet malt and fruit character. This is pretty good, but seems to be missing a lot of complexity that would make this more fittingly a contemplative sipping brew that the alcohol level demands.

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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - JAN 6, 2006
Golden presentation with a thin white head. Aromas of tropical fruits, wine, grape, lemon, mint and orange. Taste is malty and has a spicy sensation. Alcohol is very well hidden. Mouthfeel is malty yet metalic at the same time. Overall this is alright but not my kind of Barley Wine.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CMUBEERMAN (426) - - JAN 11, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2006 This is an absolutely terrible barleywine for the price. Nothing good to say about it besides Iím glad I didnít by more than one bottle. Tasted of dirt and socks. *** Still think itís over rated, but it ainít too bad on tap.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - JUN 9, 2006
Aroma is alcohol, dried fruit, caramel. Taste has a little heat to it with caramel, butterscotch, and sugar.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oldrtybastrd (3448) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 13, 2006
Pours a hazy medium reddish brown. Aromas of light fruit, hops, caramel malts, kind of medicinal. Flavor is to strong for me, big alcohol taste, malty with a spicy taste.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jason (1753) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 4, 2006
Bottle picked up - aged 3 years. The first thing Iíve noticed about this ale was the strong alcohol smell. The taste had the same - strong alcohol. Took awhile to warm up to me. Then it kicked my butt. Perfect for a single digit night.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PilsnerPeter (3034) - Flushing, New York, USA - NOV 3, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2009 Pours a cloudy orange amber with tan head. The aroma is fruity, plummy, ginger, orangey hint. The flavor is great with fruity notes upfront (apricot, figs) with a minty undertone. Thereís also evident gingery spicyness. Has a slightly sweet background, toffeeish, with a later alcohol flavor and a late dry bitterness. Not very drinkable.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thegreenrooster (3729) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 6, 2006
Pour is orange with a soft white head. Aroma is super sweet with great fruits and malts used. Flavor is a bit dark fruit with a malty undertone. Hops are present and so is the alcohol but not in a bad way. Finish is a bit hot from the alcohol but again nothing that will knock your socks off. A very nicly done barley wine. Will definatly warm you during the cold months.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - JAN 14, 2007
Light to reddish color with a big foaming head. Sweet aromatic somewhat hoppy aroma. Light on the flavor, cleam yet acidic following to the end. This is just a straight to the the point barley wine. Not much character. Yes this would be interesting in a few years, very young.


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