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RATINGS: 1336   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   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.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jgb9348 (5679) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - APR 3, 2004
Slighly hazy copper colour with a thin off-white head. Aroma of peaches, clementines, malt, alcohol and nutmeg. Full-bodied; Sweet flavour full of fruit with a darker-spicey side showing some variance in taste. Aftertaste full-bodied, long lasting and super-strong. Overall, an amazing barley wine...one that everyone should try, and one that should be tryed on every opportunity! I shared this twelve ounce bottle with Phil (haddon90), which he purchased at Whole Foods in Vienna, Virginia...thanks again Phil!

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jewedekind (450) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 26, 2005
Pours a thin film of a buff head over a golden straw beer. Almost mead-like in its presentation. Wonderful apricot/pear/honey aroma that fades to citrus. Taste is toasted bread with orange blossom honey. A bit of spice like coriander or orange peel. Very long warmth. Creamy on the tongue. Bitterness is fleeting to weak. Very much its own bird - definitely not a Bigfoot. I bellieve I got this from Doc Loc back last winter...a treasure.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Micro13Brew (12) - USA - NOV 18, 2005
Had the 2004 release. Wow this was probably my favorite brew to date. I have taken a particular interest in barleywines and this one is tops. The 2005 was just released and I plan to get some.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
HighlanderOne (1233) - York, SC via NJ, South Carolina, USA - DEC 23, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2007 Helllooo #300! But enuff with the formalities, letís see what those DFH folks are up to now. Smells like green tea and honey. Poured from bottle, kinda looks like green tea in the glass. Pure amber. I donít think Iíve ever seen a beer with this color and clarity before, I can actually read my laptop screen thru it. Awesome flavor - malt, banana, vanilla, clove, honey, rye, with alcohol kick at end. But itís so mellow that you would never know this to have 15% alcohol content. Oh, this stuff is just fantastic! And quite unique from any beer Iíve ever tried. Slight lacing throughout. Alcohol more noticeable in the finish, but who cares? Iím gonna try aging 2 bottles in my cellar for about a year and will re-rate then, but I canít see how it could possibly improve. What an experience! RE RATE OK - itís 12/31/2007 and Iíve just poured a bottle Iíve had in the fridge for 2 years. Still get green tea and honey, also some apricot and raisin. No change in appearance. Flavors have blended together, probably the biggest change Iíve noticed from aging. The honey sweetness more pronounced too. Finished with same alcohol kick. A special beer.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JFowler (32) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 26, 2006
This is the best barleywine I have sampled to date. I tend not to rate these beers as high as other types that Iím impartial to but I must say this one is very smooth. It is a meal in it self with very complex fruit and hop finish. Most beers this strong have an overbearing alcohol flavor. This one does not have that. Go see Matt at dogfish in rehoboth beach DE. Tell him your old school.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dogfishho (669) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - JUL 25, 2006
Bottle from 11/05 poured a beautiful amber orange color with a thin head that dissipated quickly. The bouquet was of dried fruit and only slightly alcoholic notes... quite surprising for such a high ABV. The flavor was certainly the best part as the extremely well balanced and complex slightly sweet fruit flavor with vanilla undertones. Despite the opinions of other raters, I found almost no alcohol in the flavor profile and I think that this is due to the perfect balance of the other flavors. On the palate, this brew felt somewhat warming but extremely smooth and silky. Overall, the best beer Iíve tried in months. Too bad itís so expensive and hard to find.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
dzzz333 (35) - Elkton, Maryland, USA - JAN 24, 2010
Very good beer! almost a wine instead of a beer but overall this beer rocks and is top notch!

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
sunnyridge (222) - USA - APR 20, 2010
Ohhh the complexity! Pours a hazy darker orangish amber color, Thin head that sticks around. Lots of fruit in the aroma- apples, cherry, grape even a hint of pear. Big smell from the malt, like itís gonna be so sweet your face will pucker. Taste is big and rich with heavy malts, candy, apples and grape. For being so big you really donít notice the alcohol- very scary. A fantastic palate, very complex. Leaves a very sweet but nice aftertaste of dried fruit and malt.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
cakanator (452) - South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 25, 2011
12oz bottle. This is a general overview of both fresh and aged olde school. I have recently tried both the 07 and 11 OS. The fresh OS has a great hoppy caramel nose, a little boozy. The caramel malts in the 07 are rich and lush in the aromas. This is hands down the most approachable fresh BW on the market. Many BWís are too hot with alc, too bitter with hops and the malts are completely off balanced. This one, although a bit hot at 15 %, is smoother and less bitter than many BWís fresh. When aged the 5 years it has completely mellowed out to a smooth toffee like finish. The ABV is well hidden. I place OS along with Stoneís Old Guardian as the two best and most accessable Barelywines in the country.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BigSound (196) - New York, USA - MAR 17, 2012
From notes. 2007 vintage. A nice ruby red with a slight tinge of gold. The pour rendered about a quarter inch of white head. Beautiful lacing! A big nose of caramelized sugars, sweet malt, fruit, raisons, booze, honey. This beer smells awesome! The taste is great, sweet and malty with a bit of hop bitterness in the finish. I get honey, grape, strawberry, raspberry, a bit of chocolate, and some booze. The feel is silky and warm, oh so good... The carbonation on this 07 brew is sitting really nice, it is medium, but the way it blends with the silky smooth feel makes this elixir exciting and subtle at the same time.


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