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RATINGS: 1266   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.


1.4
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
Homer321 (1892) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2014
Draft. A disgustingly sweet mess of jet fuel and booze. Warms the ears while tasting like butane

1.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
obguthr (3857) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - FEB 6, 2010
Relatively subdued strawberry nose. Clear copper, thin head. Syrupy sweet, cloying and almost medicinal flavor. Very much like cough syrup. Cherry and strawberry notes abound. Too fresh, or just bad? Hard to tell, but I’m not sure I want to endure this again. Terribly out of balance and craving more bitterness, something beery. Better warm, but still unpleasant. I like DFH’s usual offerings, but lately, the special/seasonal releases have been a crapshoot.

1.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
cgras13 (2) - Elkhart, Indiana, USA - JAN 13, 2009 does not count
From Bottle Very sour and undrinkable, but alchohol is very evident. Must have been mishandled somewhere along the line.

1.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
cheap (4074) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 6, 2011
Right up there on the like-ability scale with 120. Pour is not too viscous, was expecting something thicker. Somewhat mild volatile rubbing alky soaked fruit aroma. Taste is big cloying aftershave alky barely wine, surprizingly on style, but one of my least favorite beer styles, if this style can be called a beer. Gag reflex stays alert in the background, lets me know it is unnatural to consume this brew. Yes, big cloying on style barley wine nasty nellie experience. Does the trick, got dizzy. Barely wine lovers rejoice; then drink a 120 to celebrate, heheh.... I guess the smell of this mess keeps it from being a total flop for a lager lover. What is it; beer then, wine you’re doing fine or is it wine then beer you’re in the clear? Terrrible style; ruff, crude, union thug mentality, wew. Very difficult without many revealing qualities. Each medicinal slug reminds me of me of force feeding.

1
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
Ando (105) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 5, 2008
*hated it! would never drink again* aroma: smells like dip! medicine! band aids! booze! and acetone! .. a headache. app: brown tan, normal.. flavor: AH! the pain, the gross gross pain! this a sip of hell. it has odd fruit flavors, bad booze, chemicals abound. this is misguided, unbalanced and mean. palate: if it matter.. to thin and bubbly for a bw. OA: this is over the top. i would rather sip a good whiskey. strange out of place fruit, bad candy malts, harsh and is going to be dumped in my sink. i love a good BW, this is NOT one.

0.8
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 1/20
harrymel (1503) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2013
2011 A: pours apricot ale with a finger of off-white foam which falls quickly to a sheet of the same. cherry tones. near excellent clarity. S: smells like all of DFH beers that are high gravity: sour grapes, acetone, other horrid esters. T: sweet and alcoholic. Man, I’m really not disappointed, because I half anticipated this would taste similar to the others in the series. M: thin, hi carb, semi dry. O: this beer is shit. Gimmick. Never again. Serving type: bottle 11-20-2011


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