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RATINGS: 1261   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - OCT 18, 2009
12 oz. bottle served in a snifter. Bottle conditioned. Poured a hazy amber with a quickly dissipating white head. Fairly alcoholic nose. Plenty of malt sweetness as well. A little port-like oxidation. Full bodied and a little syrupy. Very sweet with some dark fruit flavors. Plenty of hop bitterness, but not enough to balance the sweetness. Seemed under attenuated.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 13/20
jefcon (1357) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - FEB 11, 2010
Cloudy and brown in the glass with a minimal amount of head. Aromas of champagne, bread, yeast and tart cherry. Palate is cloying and sweet, and a bit of a disappointment. Sour raspberry, cherry syrup, a medicinal quality, and a bunch of pit fruit. With this much alcohol in the beer, one would expect it to be sharp and bright, but the flavors are muddy and astringency overwhelms any delicate balance the hops in there would have struck with the fruit and malt. Maybe a bad bottle, I donít know. My experience seems to be different from others on this one.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BnMBrewCrew (36) - Randolph, New Jersey, USA - APR 20, 2010
aroma - Reeks of hops and alcohol with a pleasant overtone of orange and a hint of raisin. Appearance -Nice amber color, with a very thin, fleeting, white head. Taste - Hops, alcohol, and fruit abound in this dogfish creation. This beer tastes quite like it smells. The alcohol is typical of a barley wine, very strong; however, I feel there could have been more effort into balancing the alcohol with the flavors of Olde School. Palate - A very smooth sensation as this beer slides into your palate. The body on this is medium, although the alcohol makes it feel full. Carbonation is soft, tingling slightly on your tongue. The finish is hoppy.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nike (950) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2011
draft, ok this is what you want from a Barley Wine. High octane, 15%abv, you can taste it, and this beer will warm you up. Full bodied, in your face, everything you would want in this style. Not for me, but the beer is on style and a good brew for this style.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Billicus (286) - @RED BHUT JOIKIAS!, Paulsboro, New Jersey, USA - FEB 23, 2012
aroma, old malt funk, figgy, dark fruitness stale bread, color, meduim hue, taste, funky old stale bread, dark fruity raisiny esters, somewhat like malt vingeary palate, overall, not really for me, i would try again, but a aged bottle.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
rob6239 (614) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 26, 2012
Very strong and sweet. This was an intense sipper. Poured dark with a bit of head

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
vickvega82 (35) - Maine, USA - DEC 24, 2012
Pours a dark amber with a thin white head and spotted lacing. 3 year old vintage. Smells heavy of figgs and booze. It taste almost exactly like it smells. In the right proportions this would be a winner but the dates figs and alcohol is all too much. When i started buying olde school i thought it just need to sit longer to be tasty, but if 3years isnt scratching the surface, Iím dubious 5+ would be any better.

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ed5388 (1972) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - MAR 22, 2013
On tap. Nice amber color with small white head, dissipated quickly. Aroma is alcohol, dark fruit, bready, and floral. Taste is similar. Raisins, dates, slightly toasty and boozy.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Fratto (2590) - Arlington, Texas, USA - NOV 8, 2013
Bottle from the Austin Flying Saucer. Orange pour with a small white head. Aroma is light oranges and bread. Taste is sticky, lots of booze, heavy bread, and no trace of dates/figs for me.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 11, 2005
Clear, pale apricot color, slim-to-none head. Aroma: fiery fruit, not terribly forward, either, just rather naked with the alcohol, accompanied by hints of peach, orange, cherry...and booze. taste: boom! A blitz of boozalicious rough fruity flavor, ...very warming, and a bit punishing, as well...this is not a delicate affair, in the least. Over the top and out of the stratosphere. Not sure why itís called "Olde School", this a newfangled Sturm Und Drang. Stings quite a bit on the palate, too, with an unfavorable flavor. Rather thin in body for all the boom-shak-a-lacka it brings in the mouth. Something this bold with the booze should really have a beefier body to match the lashing liquor. As it is, way too hot. Iím going to chase this with a Bellís Third Coast Old Ale to reassociate my tongue with a real barleywine.


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