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RATINGS: 1262   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Suttree (5042) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 12, 2003
Considering that this is a Dogfish Head product, I thought this was a little timid. Orange, no head. Not cloyingly sweet, and citrus hop flavors dominate. There was a very oily mouthfeel. Maybe it would be better with some age (not to say it was bad now)

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sloth (2452) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - FEB 23, 2003
Hazy copper color.Short lived whiteish/gray head.Fruity, grapey nose.Full bodied brew.Flavors of wine,honey and fruit.Sweet all the way through.How bout some more bittering hops?Cant wait to bury my bottle!?

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - FEB 24, 2004
Copper body with little if any head. Sweet, fruity aroma and a sweet, fruity taste. The bottle suggests burying this and coming back in a year to drink it. I have two buried in my cellar and maybe it will rate better next year. Must say that DFH does try interesting things.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 4, 2004
12 oz bottle. Pours pale yellow with little head. Not much in the way of aroma. Boozy and crisp taste. I'm not getting the dates and figs, and I'm not picking up on any other complex flavors. Full and round mouthfeel. Dry finish for a barley wine.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mads Langtved (2245) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - JAN 22, 2005
Fruity aroma. A bit monotonous taste. Alcoholic finish. Very sweet palate. The 15 % alcohol is abvious. I coud imagine the taste would improve if it was matures for a couple of years. Don’t believe in beer holes.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 25, 2005
Pours too light for a barleywine. It was a plain orange/ light amber color wtih a thin head which dissipated fast. Why would you make a barleywine with only pale malt? I like a fair amount of crystal malt in a barleywine for a good sweet backbone. It is even more confusing becuase this is so strong- it leaves hardly any malt backbone to stand up agaisnt the hops and alcohol. The body suffers becuase of this as well- as this one comes out too thin. The hops arent even that pronounced either. I dont know what the deal is with this beer, but I didnt like it very much, and I really doubt that this will get better with age. Maybe the best thing to do would be to stick this one in a hole but instead of memorizing where you put it- you should try to forget it.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - SEP 11, 2005
well, now this was your average BW. lots of stuff in it, floaters if you will. has lots of artificial flavoring that i can detect, which is weird considering the floaties. some apple and some carmel, with that weird black licorice flavor. some brown sugar and maple syrup in both the flavor and aroma. typical.

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   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jb (2152) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 6, 2005
Dark yellow color, not much aroma. Sweet but not sicky sweet. Alcohol and some hops in the palate. Burned back of throat. I don’t care much for this style.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
nick76 (4180) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 19, 2006
Bottle: very cold, from underground storage. ;-) The aroma has pine and citrus like hops with caramel malt, raisins, and a ton of alcohol. The appearance is amber with a small but foamy head. The flavor is like the aroma and is very strong. The palate is very smooth. This beer is obviously well made form a quality standpoint but is incredible harsh on the taste buds. The alcohol burns my mouth. Now I know why they recommend putting it in a hole. I recommend that you leave it there.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
JamesD (243) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - APR 10, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2007 Bottle. Pours a copper/orange color. Smells of malt and alcohol. Tastes more complex. Creamy mouthfeel with a strong flavor of yeast and bread. It is somewhat sweet. Not too much of a hop aroma or flavor. It isn’t really suited to my palate, but who knows, it might be to yours. Only one way to find out!


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