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RATINGS: 1322   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 450   ABV: 15%
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.

   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.

   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.

   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. Didnít really get any alcohol out of it, surprisingly. Not very complex, but the age may have done that to it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcr (2365) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bitbucket (2160) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jbrus (4991) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
j12601 (8000) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
philvil (176) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
drjay44 (2995) - 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

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