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RATINGS: 1319   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 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 DFHs 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 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 theres some apricot, molasses, vanilla, and oak flavors in there but Im 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 (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - JUL 7, 2007
Fruity sweet aroma. Fruit in the flavour with a brown sugary-caramel flavour. Didnt 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 (7473) - 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 (1651) - 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. Its quite a difficult project at this early stage, and it seems unfortunate that it should even be released when its 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Splunny (2) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2007 does not count
From bottle : Poured an interesting Triaminic orange with a small white head. I can taste the alcohol in this one. Very sweet and syrupy. Not too interested in this one.


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