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RATINGS: 1287   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.


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 (1024) - Bergen County, New Jersey, 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 (30) - 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 (599) - 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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Lognar (33) - - SEP 30, 2013
(1/5/13) A - a beautiful coppery orange. S - Sweet. Tons of sweetness. Right away itís got me thinking of a sweet white wine instead of a beer. Dark fruit, citrus, and orange peel dominate the nose with the orange peel adding some acidity. T - Sweet and fruity. The nose was a great preview of the taste. Tons of sweetness and citrus. Hints of orange peel bitterness carry the finish. I am loving the taste of this brew. M - Chewy, almost syrupy, and nice and warming. O - What a wonderful brew. This being only my second barleywine ever, I still do not know the style that well, but this was just amazing. Great sweetness. A nice smooth alcohol warmness. The, wait let me check, 15% alcohol - really? damn, this brew could get me in trouble - the 15% is hidden really well and doesnít dominate the brew with booziness. I loved this brew fresh. I can only imagine what some time in the cellar would do for it.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gluepot (69) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 24, 2014
The Nose is complex, as you would hope at the alcohol level -- apricots, prunes, brown sugar, a medicinal effect and dark fruit are featured. The body is rich, with taste highlights including alcohol warmth, dark fruit, prunes, dates and apricots, sweet bready malt and a Dogfish-head-traditional hint of vanilla. In the conversation for the best large beer I have ever sampled.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
krumbum (523) - truckee, California, USA - MAY 19, 2014
The drinking directions on this bottle was the inspiration for us burying a box of 6 beers for a year which we dug up and drank and then buried 12 more for next year. This was a caramel brown frothy but quick fading head. Huge smell of dried fruit, figs, dates leather and tobacco. Tastes like black liquorice with sweet finish. Second bottle was a clear reddish amber with a much stronger taste.


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