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RATINGS: 1289   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.


3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lukin013 (215) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 20, 2006
Fresh í06 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 thereís some apricot, molasses, vanilla, and oak flavors in there but Iím 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. Didnít really get any alcohol out of it, surprisingly. Not very complex, but the age may have done that to it.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
marcus (6787) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 4, 2007
This red ale poured with a miniscule off-white head. There is a sweet candied fruit flavor with a long bitter finish.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Stine (1629) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 8, 2007
Awesome looking pour of a thick, unfiltered consistency; firey shade of tangerine. Juicy aroma spits orange and pineapple over a dark, starchy foundation of gingerbread and rum cake. Heat is tepidly, then aggregiously present; whiskey emanates wildly and arrives on the tongue with a clumsy violence. Hints of dirty toffee, bathroom sanitizer, earth, dates. Sterilized, dark and fruity; apple liqueur. Old citrus, vanilla, white grape and sour mash mostly with a jameson impression lend a strange amalgam of sweet, pungent, and musty. Heat develops into a more blatant rubbing alcohol effect, cold and dry. Slick in the mouth; warm, gooey, lightly prickly. Finishes with a quiet shade of sweet almond nuttiness and a bit of peppery bouquet. Itís quite a difficult project at this early stage, and it seems unfortunate that it should even be released when itís so inordinately young. Bury it and see.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
performula (148) - Heart of the Rockies, Colorado, USA - NOV 25, 2007
Pours an amber with tiny head. Strong sweet smell. Huge sweet taste with a long syrupy finish. Followed by a warm alcohol rush. Cannot enjoy this beer. It may be the style.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcr (2221) - 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.


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