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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.


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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2534) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUN 9, 2003
I'm saddened to be disappointed by this one. 60-70 deg F in snifter. Copper color, fading head. Modest (?!) aroma of cigarette smoke, gunpowder, iron oxide, maybe urine. Intense malt presence, a tightly focused sweetish flavor, with a tingle around the tongue and alcohol peppering in the finish, lingering burn. Interestingly composed but full of flavors I'm not real fond of (more gunpowder, chalk, and soil).

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TChrome (1423) - Bedford, Texas, USA - MAY 12, 2004
Beer pours lightly cloudy orange color with a big off white head that mostly dissipates. Aroma is highly alcoholic to the point I had trouble picking up other aromas. Flavor is better. Strong fruit flavors, some maltiness, but again a bit too much alcohol burn. Alcohol just is not hidden well enough for my taste. Will try again in a year or so.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 1, 2004
Poured a hazy glden hue with a small white ehad. Aromas of sweetness and slight alcohol. Flavors were very sweet with a thick mouthfeel and the sweetness seemed to linger. Not much depth to this brew as I have grown to expected more from DFH brews.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JAN 3, 2005
zach says its ugly and I agree. honey, syrupy nose, a bit of muscat grape flavor, butterscotch, late alc and whiskey, very warming and likely far too young.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pailhead (5037) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JAN 14, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2005 Bottle: Aroma is rather sweet caramel and citrus and a light hop smell too. Pours a transparent copper with a decent white head but not a lot of retention. Sweet caramel up front with some citrus and a decent hop finish. Alcohol flavor in the finish increases as you drink. Kind of like a IIPA alcohol finish. This is different and doesnít really make me think of a barley wine. Iíd prefer to stick with their 60,90, or 120. A little let down with this one.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2005
Being a fan of "big sippiní beers" I figured this 15% Barley Wine was a deal at $3.49. After all WWS and 120 Minute command a $7+ price tag. However, on my first sip I realized why. Even at 15% this brew just really doesnít have the muscle and complexity of the aforementioned two. Pours with a orange-gold color. Maintains a thin white head. The alcohol tends to really dominate the aroma and flavor with some ripe peach, apricot and white grape in the background. Would greatly benefit from some crystal malts added to the grist since the malt profile is a bit tame here. Donít perceive the dark fruits (dates,figs) as the product description espouses. Finish shows some moderate flavorful hop profile, but is also a bit solvent in nature. Overall mouthfeel and palate is a bit on the thin side. Kinda disappointed with this one from DogfishHead.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
redlight (2317) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 10, 2005
Love the label and instructions for burying it. Smells very malty! Could be a little better balanced with a bit more hops, but i am a hophead. A good barley wine.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ElPresidente1984 (173) - Maine, USA - JAN 8, 2006
pours a syrupy copper color. smells quite sour, like rotten fruit juice. taste is similar, like fruity and some citrus, sour. again tastes similar to old juice. not my cup of tea. i think im starting to realize i dont like these high % beers. they seems to be to sweeet and syrupy and not enought like a real beer.

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 7, 2007
12oz bottle dated 10/18/06, shared by my roommate! pours orange color with small white head. nose is bursting with sour green apple and pear. pretty nasty nose. flavor is just so off with musty, raw malts, light fruits like pear and white grapes. alcohol is noticed but well hidden. oh the green apple is too much. iíve got a few aged once so iíll have to try and rate those soon.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerbill (3509) - Laurel, New York, USA - MAR 29, 2007
12 oz. bottle. Pours a cloudy copper orange with a moderate off-white head that quickly disappeared. Initially very effervescent, but that quieted down after a few minutes. Very pleasant fruity aroma with malt and alcohol also present. From there it all went downhill. Not all that flavorful. There is some fruit flavors and a touch of malt, but thatís about it. I canít say this beer was watery, but it certainly wasnít full bodied either. Severe alcohol burn reminded of cheap sherry. A disappointing barley wine.


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