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RATINGS: 1336   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Fratto (2845) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
VastActiv (5679) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 22, 2015
Tap at Stumbling Monk, Seattle. Colour is deep orange with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Fruits, dry fruits, alcohol and malts. Too boozy.

   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CAmes (32) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - JAN 26, 2006
I didnít expect to be bored by a $4, 15% bottle of beer. The color is very light and unclouded. Little aroma. Not bad, but I donít think Iíll buy again.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ansset13 (127) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - DEC 1, 2007
Pours a hazy burnt umber, with a tiny tannish head. The nose is largely vinous, with a vinegar finish, more subtle tone of hops and sugar can faintly be noticed. That taste is also vinous with an astringent finish. A good barley wine, but I have had better, though this style leaves room for allot interpretation.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
danhitch (17) - USA - DEC 4, 2007
Bottle: Poured amber (kind of pale for a barley wine) with a thin off-white head. The aroma was strange. It kind of smelt like vinegar and dried fruit, not all that pleasant. The taste had notes of oak, vanilla, dried fruit, a little bit of a smoky flavor, as well as a little bit of alcohol. Overall not that great of a barley wine in my opinion. However, I could see the potential for the flavors in this beer to meld together better with age.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Metalhead (643) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2008
Previous years were better. Surprised I hadnít rated this before.2007 edition. Poured a deep amber. Almost no head. Aroma was of dried fruit , molasses and alcohol.Mouth feel is slightly sticky. Tastes is semi sweet with a dried fruit mish mosh and an alcohol burn. Coulda sworn I picked up a hint of almonds and wood. Wasnít impressed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 28, 2008
Pours hazy amber with a mostly receding wispy light tan head. Aroma of toffee, caramel, grapefruit, acidic resins, and caramelized wort. Taste is raisin, alefruits, plums, thick sticky toffee, and grapefruit. Mouthfeel is full to heavy bodied with moderate carbonation. Loads of thick sticky hop resins. Quite a mess.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheSponge (342) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - FEB 22, 2010
12 oz. bottle purchased at Central Market in Mill Creek, WA. Pours a hazy orange color with an off-white head. Flavor: Sweet, with hints of Tootsie Rolls, orange peel, and maple syrup. Itís tough to figure out what other flavors there are.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
popery (1994) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 29, 2010
A thick, sweet and strong barleywine that relies on its size to stand out. Olde School pours dark and bright with a fair head that leaves moderate lacing. The smell is sweet and malty with some boozy stone fruits, like apricots and nectarines soaked in rum. It smells like a very, very strong pale ale, balanced and not terribly interesting. The booziness doesnít have anything to hide behind. The flavor reminds me of the beer version of a mediocre port. Itís as if Dogfish Headís goal was simply to create a huge barleywine, rather than to create the best barleywine possible. Admittedly, thatís completely an issue of personal taste, and I very much appreciate DFHís willingness to experiment in the so-called "extreme" side of the beer world. Itís beers like this that expand brewing for everyone and lead to industry-wide innovation. That said, this beer is entirely too syrupy, sweet and boozy for me. I would probably enjoy it more if I had split the 12oz bottle with one or two people. A small snifterful is my recommended serving size.

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