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RATINGS: 1261   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.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcr (2165) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JAN 23, 2008
2005 bottle. Sweet almost to the point of discomfort. Slightly hazy amber body with very little head. The aroma presents brown sugar, alcohol, bread, grainy malts. Slight notes of citrus, peach, prune juice, sweet fig. The flavor is lightly bitter and heavily sweet, lightly acidic. Medium to full body with a creamy texture. Moderate carbonation. The finish is sticky and sweet with a slight alcoholic bite. The sweet malts needed something for balanceó some funk or a little more bitterness. Neither was there.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - MAY 16, 2008
12 oz bottle from someone. Nice looking amber pour. Aroma is sugar, malt and hops. Flavor is super sweet, very malty, with a hint of vanilla and like the previous poster said, I detect sherry. This is way over the top. I almost detect what would normally be a very tasty barleywine if it wasnít for the super sweet sugary body. I love the creativity of this brewery, but I am simply not a fan of their beers.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bitbucket (2159) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - JAN 7, 2009
Bottle. Pours clear dark orange with a thin beige head. Aroma of brown sugar, figs, a touch of citrus and some alcohol. Full body and fine carbonation. Boozy taste. Not a surprise given the ABV and youth of this beer. This beer is to hot to be particularly enjoyable. Looks like I should have buried it in a hole for a year.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - JUL 10, 2009
Bottle@Home, bottled nov 04. Cookie dough and carrots aroma. Cloudy, amber colour, beige firm small head, good lace. Very very sweet, very very bitter, tangerine, lots of spices, pepper, nutmeg, laurel, cookie dough. Very sticky, very alcoholic. Flavours are complex but still due to itís sugar sweetness one-dimensional. Strangely enough itís age didnít really show.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - NOV 3, 2009
Bottle from last yearís release. Pours a hazy crimson ruby brown with a medium yellowed white head that falls off quickly. Sweet old plum and prune, oxidized caramel. Sweet, apples, oxidized malt. Boozy finish with lots of long burning alcohol. Still too hot and tough to drink.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
philvil (173) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 12, 2010
iíve been looking for this for a while but I wasnít impressed. very high alcohol and very sweet... but more sour than hoppy. maybe it would be better if they put it through the Randall machine. a little raisiny, almost like a stripped down version of the raison díextra. overall thereís nothing bad about this beer, but also nothing that good

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
drjay44 (2566) - Salida, Colorado, USA - FEB 14, 2010
12 oz. bottle. Bottled 2009. Pours a thin short lived off white head, over a clear amber (SRM 10) body.....nose is caramel/toffee malts, citrus, pine, dried fruit (raisin)....taste is candi sugar to start, evolving into pineapple, with a bit of pine, then candied fruits (cherry, raisin, citron) finishing sweet and a bit too hot....mouth feel is thick and sticky, carbonation makes it frothy on the palate. This is, unfortunately, too young. The forces have yet to balance out. The alcohol is obviously present, the heavily sweet malts (which make for a VERY sweet drink) and the hops have not yet come together. This is an excellent example of the need for time in making a Barley Wine. The forces here are so large (what was the OG and the FG?) that it needs more than I gave it. It might be absolutely wonderful in a year or two. BJCP 9/3/13/4/7

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ZR2Blazer (87) - Christiansburg, Virginia, USA - NOV 21, 2010
Pour - 1 finger head, dissipates quickly Aroma - Very strong nose, reminds me of strong wood glue or epoxy resin up front. Deep down I pick up berries and the fig. Taste - This one I can barely handle. This is ridiculously strong. Thick mouthfeel, thick and sugary, almost no hop finish. Finish doesnít linger like i would expect. Would like to see what happened with age. I usually agree with the majority of the ratings, but not on this one. I almost feel like I got a bad bottle, this is barely enjoyable, not balanced at all - this is extreme.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
TwoSipDip (8880) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 26, 2010
Tasted from a 12 oz bottle purchased in Denver, Colorado. Pours a red/orange appearance with a light head. Head is alcoholic, wine-like, sweet, and a lot like red fruits. Very strong flavor thatís initially a lot like grapefruit, follows through with a wine-like mouthfeel, and finishes incredibly strong. Beer is incredibly strong and is not masked well. There are however a lot of flavors going on. Pretty complex beer once you make it through the alcohol. Definitely a sipper. There are better barleywines out there, just not too many stronger ones.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2011
Poured into a pint glass. 4.0 A: Brown amber color. One finger of thick creamy light tan head with an agressive pour. Iím actually a bit surprised with how big the head got with all the alcohol content. Average retention, good lacing. 3.0 S: For as big as this beer is, there isnít much to the nose. Very disappointing. Dried fruit, herbal hops. Thatís all I could get out of it. 4.0 T: Sweet like a barleywine should be, but not as sweet as most (perhaps thatís the result of the mad alcohol level). For this Iím thankful. Dried tropical fruit again. Hints of toasted malt. The higher than normal alcohol content actually detracts a bit from the taste initially. However, as you progress through the beer, the alcohol disappears. Some kind of fuckin magic trick I say. 3.5 M: Full body. Syruppy and chewy. 3.5 D: I donít know why they sell these in bombers. I got bottles and one of them is more than plenty. Couldnít imagine another 10 ounces of this stuff. Quality brew though. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 12-10-2008 07:36:12


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