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RATINGS: 1269   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
Lognar (33) - - SEP 30, 2013
(1/5/13) A - a beautiful coppery orange. S - Sweet. Tons of sweetness. Right away it’s 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 doesn’t 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 (64) - 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 (522) - 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.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 9, 2004
Fresh bottle, dated 1/04. Amber, rising carbonation, tons of dark floaties, small off-white head. Sort of a mellow PNW hop with perhaps some noble hops with some sweet malt. Rich mouthfeel; the 15% is well hidden. A touch of alcohol in the finish. Quite sweet, with exotic fruits and major PNW hops. A great sipper.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2004
Wow! This is a great beer. By far, Dogfish Head's best offering. Dark golden color with small diminishing white head. Smell is sweet and alcoholic. Incredible complex malt profile with hints of caramel, orange, grape, and licorice? flavors. Nice thick palate with a good balancing alcohol and bitterness to combat the sticky sweetness.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 23, 2004
Sniff... sniff... excuse me while I make love with this beer! It just smells that good! Hazy, orange-straw coloured with a lasting cover of white head. Sweet, full, orange-pine hop flavours balance beautifully with the huge sweet malts. Low carbonation but very full bodied. This beer is wonderfully proportioned in all respects. Bottle enjoyed with DYCSoccer17, MartinT, muzzlehatch, Omhper and Rastacouere.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
boto (1879) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - DEC 30, 2004
12oz. bottle: I left this one sit in my basement for a year before opening it. This one is an orangish-golden color. It is quite opaque for its color. There is very little white head to it, which drops off rather quickly. Very potent aroma. It is a sweet malt with fruity nuances. A hint of sourness comes up also. The taste is superb. Quite a rich taste. The malts are strong, but the sweetness is diminished. I get a bit of a whisky tinge to the taste. It does not come through as an alcohol bite as some do. In fact, I have had much more alcohol taste in 7% beers than this. This is really superb.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Kevin (2089) - New Mexico, USA - MAR 26, 2005
pours rich amber with a thin light tan head. aroma is what is great about a barley wine. aroma is alcohol, fruit, chocolat. like a piece of fudge washed down with a nice rum, yet all in the aroma, i haven’t taste it at this point. o.k, the taste is chocolate, alcohol, plums, strawberries. very reminiscent of an old numbskull, but toned down just a touch. it is a bit sweeter(i don’t like comparing beer A to beer B, but these are very similar in quite a few ways) rich and wonderful beer that i will get more of. great beer.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - SEP 9, 2005
bottle thanks to footbalm for this one. pours a dark apricot color little white head aroma is very subtle caramel and malt. the taste is great, barley hops vanilla caramel. wow you can barly taste the alcohol. mouthfeel is very smooth and "round" on the toungue. this is awsome.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DCJack (181) - Alabama, USA - NOV 26, 2005
absolutely superb. Pours like a fine sherry. multihued coppery, couldn’t be more delicious looking. It is sleek and slippery in the glass. The taste is at once stunning, unexpected and intensely satisfying. Rich, bold, complex and evolving gradually as it mellows in the mouth to reveal its sublime gifts. Another treasure from Dogfish Head, without doubt the finest brewer in the world.


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