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RATINGS: 1300   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
dand645 (103) - Bayonne, New Jersey, USA - NOV 21, 2009
this is probably the most unbalanced barley wines...no head, no carbonation, reddish brown pour...this is so sweet and boozy its like drinking liquid cotton candy...not a big fan of this one

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 13, 2005
A very one dimensional and sweet beer. Some lite fig with way too much sweetness. boring and cloying beer. I sent a bottle to a friend at a distillery who ran the abv. It came in a very disconcerting 11.2% nothing like the 15% claim.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2006 My first barley wine. Admit to some trepidation - the term "barley wine" is not particularly appealing to me, despite the high ratings many examples of the style obtain here. Has a copper color and is nearly dead when it comes to head, but I made a small pour. Pungent; intoxicating aroma, sweet malty, ripe fig. It looks thick and viscous as I swirl the liquid in the glass - it seems as if vast amounts of liquid are unwilling to move very far from their comfortable positions along the glass. It seems to ask to be drank patiently in every way. Hits me right away with a liquor-like alcohol strongness, and then follows that up with a sweetness that is both naturally fruity but has a lingering unnatural/steel alcohol-like flavor. Thereís a pleasing malt in there and, itís a bit like an alcoholic unfiltered nectar, itís a relatively thick, chunky, clunky, mouthfeel. Not sure Iím entirely enjoying it but Iím not hating it either. Maybe it will take a while before I am ready for this style, or maybe itís just this beer; fig isnít exactly my favorite flavor. But the fig isnít exactly overpowering as with the DFH raison d extra w/ raisins. Itís a very complex fruitiness, but the alcohol/malt backbone of the beer doesnít quite sit right with me, nor is the mix of fruits quite what I want. Good but not great. Iíll be trying more barleywines to see if this is a general preference regarding the style or this particular beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 18, 2008
Bottle, 11-21-08. I got very little from this beer other than bold alcohol with slight edges of raisins and prunes. I shall not be opening up another bottle of it for at least a year, though I really do not have expectations for it for another couple of years. Really needs to both develop on the malt front and smooth out on the alcohol front.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
belieson (16) - USA - APR 17, 2010
Intense and not paricularly interesting. Neither here nor there. Wouldnít get it again.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 5/20
mrhoppy (1287) - Santa Clara, California, USA - JAN 3, 2011
So far not a big fan of Dogfish Head beers. I feel as though I am an off centered person. At least thatís what people tell me. This beer tastes like all they did was took 90 minute and tweaked it with some fruit. If that is in fact what they did. That is a disappointment, given their reputation for pushing the envelope. Doesnít taste like any barleywine I have ever tasted. Aroma doesnít make you think yum but letís you know you can get jacked up on this beer. Kinda like whiskey. Nice color. The hint of fruit appeals to me. I wish they would have left the fruit in the beer. Thin and alcohol dominates. Nobody likes Jack Daniels but after you drink a few your having a hell of time. You get me?

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
crosamich (431) - Twin Falls, Idaho, USA - JUL 11, 2012
2009. I thought 3 yrs might tame this a bit, not so much. Aroma is sickenly sweet. The syrupy flavor and mouthfeel dos its best to tame the alcohol. The hops werenít really a major player when it was fresh and surely not here either. Not for me.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Tiger_08 (137) - Sarnia, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 10, 2013
Jan 7 2013. 12oz bottle pours deep amber with some reddish hues and tight head. Aroma is boozy with hints of dark fruit. Not much depth in aroma or taste. Flavour gets consumed by high alcohol content which is overpowering at 15%. I like the warmth in the palate but the dates or figs add nothing so better off to drink some good brandy. From other sources it seems not to improve by aging. Disappointing from reputable brewery. I guess for high abv stick with abbey brews. This one is a failure.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
temporrari (385) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 22, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2009 Orange pour, cloudy. Minimal head. Overall itís really just a lot of sweet, more than anything. Just like most DFH. Skip it.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
theshocker (329) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 11, 2007
2006 - very fresh. Light red, small head. Aroma is licorish and bubble-gum. Not very enticing. Hot alcohol burn, tastes like cheap rum. Amazingly thin body for such a huge beer, this thing must be all corn sugar. I had a headache by the end. This thing may be good after a year or two but it ainít good now.

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