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RATINGS: 1275   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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrockLanders (774) - Panama City, Florida, USA - NOV 9, 2004
Pours a golden brown....not much of a head. The colour has me thinking pale malts were used almost exclusively. Light fruit note, with a little bit of toastiness. Sweet palate with alcohol burn coming through. Hops are barely, and I mean barely detectable. Way at the other end of the barley wine taste spectrum from, say, Bigfoot. Thanks John for an interesting bwine...definitely not what I expected, but I’m glad to have tried it!!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 11, 2005
Clear gold in color with a thin, splotchy head like algae on the surface of a swamp. Aroma is tart cherries, cotton candy, vanilla and cedar. Occasional wafts give a slight suggestion of the high ABV. Flavor consists of orange rinds, bubble gum, oak and vanilla. Creamy and smooth body, which was a pleasant surprise from the thin composure inferred by the appearance. Slightly dactylic and separated. Reminds me of Brooklyn’s 2004 Monster Ale, which I have cellared in hopes of making it a superstar; maybe Olde School needs to age as well? As it is – fresh - everything is moderately controlled and balanced, making this barley wine good, but not very special or dynamic.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jimstrassburg (57) - Germantown, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 13, 2005
Pale tan, thin cream head. Citrus hops. Not a overly intense scent. Bannaa rind scent. Taste is medium bodied. Apricot and light to medium carbonation. Very yummy. Thanks Matt.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ravidesai (947) - Bombay, INDIA - MAR 12, 2003
a big beer. fruity with a lot of dry-fruit elements. dates,rasins, and citrusy hops. very tasty with a lot of subtleties. the taste intensifies as the beer warms. palate was alittle thin and lacing. another solisd beverage from dogfish.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - SEP 16, 2003
Copperish color with a short-lived off white head. Powerful aromas of dates and bready malts. Very sweet fig/date flavors dominate the start and give way to a more complex and deep malt sweetness/doughiness/breadiness. Nice hop balance in the middle and

3.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - DEC 2, 2004
With the greatness of DFH’s other huge beers I was excited to try this and picked up a few 12ozers. This poured a nice deep orange color with a huge frothy head that dropped quickly to a bubbly collar. There was decent lacing left in this as I drank it. HOLY SWEETNESS, the nose is strong with a fruity malt sweetness that almost completely dominates the smell. Even after warming the only other smell I could detect was the slightest hint of alcohol. Taste is much the same as the smell, extremely sweet with fruity malts a little too much so even. Slight earthy hop notes can be found as well, but the 15% sure stays hidden in this one. A nice slightly bitter finish is present to try and tame the sweetness. Olde School has a very full and rich mouthfeel that coats your mouth with sweetness. Insane drinkability for a 15% but the sweetness was starting to be a little much for me by the end of the glass. Overall an excellent barley wine from DFH, I will see what happens with the other bottles in a year or so.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 28, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2005 Vintage 2003 (pictured at left), but on draught. Surprising color, not knowing anything about this beer. Bright, lucid yellow-golden, with a slight hint of lightly hazy orange. Moderate, even, white head that sits atop obediently. Aroma has hints of peaches, unripe nectarines, perhaps some light fig notes (wouldnt be able to tell if I didnt see it on the description, though), with some flowery, herbal orange honey blossom-like notes. Tremendous dry fruit esters, with some restrained alcohol ntoes as well. Flavor starts out with a big honey and orange zing, very warming immediately, with the alcohol perceptible from the start. Light peach brandy notes, some rusty, earthy metallic notes as well. Dry fruits abound, with a dry malt base, not entirely unlike North Coast Old Stock. Very strong herbal qualities, with not much, if any, of the sweet, sugary notes I would expect from the dates. Finishes, alcoholic, heavily floral hops, some citrus and a bit of malt. I hope the 2002 750mL bottles are maltier than this. Medium-full to full body. 7/4/7/3/13
2004 bottle (green cap) Sampled at Moan and Dove on 8/19/2005. Light peach-apricot yellow color, medium-sized bubbles and a small covering of white head, not terribly well retained, with only a bit of lacing here and there. VERY clear. Aroma of light yellow fruits, pale malt sugariness and some dry, leafy hops. Flavor is lightly fruity, moderately bitter, lightly acidic and has a pretty good alcohol apparency. This year’s version isnt even as syrupy as the last, which in this case is a bad thing, IMHO, as this just seems like a sparkling beverage, light and unbalanced with alcohol. No substantial body on it, very short finish with peach skin, some oranges and sugar. Medium body, though pretty light relative to style. 7/3/6/3/11

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lukin013 (215) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 20, 2006
Fresh ’06 bottle... perhaps I should have followed the directions and buried it for a year. At first taste I thought it may be a drain pour, but after letting it warm up for a VERY long time it was drinkable. Aroma is fairly nice with apricots, raisins and molasses... smells a little like apricot syrup I like on my pancakes... except slightly acidic and very alcoholic. Taste is almost undiscernable over the incredibly strong alcoholic kick... I think there’s some apricot, molasses, vanilla, and oak flavors in there but I’m almost choking from the alcohol burn... hopefully my other bottle mellows out in a year or two.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 13, 2007
Bottle. Pours hazy apricot, white head. Aroma is fruit, wheat, alcohol. Flavor is fruit, malt, and very strong alcohol. The alcohol in this one was too overpowering. I prefer barley wines with less of an alcohol bite.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hellomynameis (874) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - JUL 7, 2007
Fruity sweet aroma. Fruit in the flavour with a brown sugary-caramel flavour. Didn’t really get any alcohol out of it, surprisingly. Not very complex, but the age may have done that to it.


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