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RATINGS: 1337   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 450   ABV: 15%
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.

pushkinwow's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pushkinwow (2628) - Ottawa, Ontario, - DEC 2, 2012
12oz bottle from 2009. Hazy with sediment dark amber, dark cream head that fades fairly quickly. Old figs, some oak, raisins, dried prunes but not sweet, hint of apricot, alcohol is present but not overwhelming, some brown sugar, orange peel. Full body, moderate to low carbonation, almost evaporates off the tongue, lots of fruit, a little too sweet but still a delicious beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PhillyCraft (5940) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 21, 2016
Blackberry backlog, Bottle. Pours brown with tan head. Aroma of malt, apple skin, bread, piney hops, wood, fig, and date. Lots of alcohol burn in the finish with a complex mouthfeel. This was always hit or miss.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MaltOne (322) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 3, 2016
This must be at least five years old. Pours clear Madeira color.. light red with golden brown hue.. no head. Beautiful, rich nose, like a vintage sherry, with dried golden figs. Flavor is concentrated fruit sweetness, figs and dried cherries with slightest dry edge. Palate is slightly syrupy, coating mouth and tongue, and lingering Overall, extraordinary. I keep coming back to quality vintage sherry as the closest comparison.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mfhennig (281) - McHenry County, Illinois, USA - FEB 12, 2016
Great color, aroma and flavor. Smooth, easy to drink. Probably the best barley wine I’ve had. Dogfish brews some truly great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
olio (9378) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 6, 2016
355 ml bottle. Bottled 2012.
Pours clear dark mahogany color with a small head. Nice apricot and ripe plums, vanilla, wood and toffee. Flavor is raisins, plums, wood, caramel, toffee, mild alcohol notes, faint vanilla and subtle nougat. Very refined and enjoyable slow sipper. This has aged well (without knowing how a fresh one tastes).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiong (6488) - Espoo, FINLAND - FEB 6, 2016
355ml bottle

Bottled in 2012B - Pours reddish orange with a small white head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, syrup, ripe fruits, hints of jam, berries and dates. Taste is a bit boozy, woody and malty with loads of ripe fruits, syrup, toffee, caramel, dates and hints of berries. Finish is sweet, warming and heavy with some ripe fruits, caramel, toffee, berries, hints of syrup. Quite sweet and heavy slow sipper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
laiti (8081) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 6, 2016
35,5 cl bottle @ home. Bottled 2012.
Aroma is sweet and complex with caramel, toffee, jam and raisins. Flavour has alcohol, woody tones, vanilla, and caramel. Okay, the alcohol is sharp here but it fits in and cuts the sweetness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thepatrickman (904) - Durham, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 22, 2016
Bottle, about 18 months old. Phew, this is a beast hiding in a 12oz bottle! Big aroma of sweet malt and raisins with a bit of booze. The flavor is huge, combining barleywine sweetness with a bit of the fruit flavor from the dates. It finishes surprisingly dry -- almost astringent -- with the malts dropping away and a moderate hop bitterness lingering.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Koelschtrinker (17734) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - DEC 9, 2015
Investiver, ziemlich süßer Antrunk. Leichte Oxidierung, geringe Schokoladigkeit. Alkoholische Noten, vollmundig. Die Süße wird zum Glück geringer, weich, minimale Herbe. Nett, etwas zu viel Alkohol. 8/11/12/10/13/11

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yourilevesque (1424) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 7, 2015
Dégustée en compagnie de Cédrick. La bière est orange et un important dépôt solide qui tombe lourdement et bruyamment au fond de mon verre. Le liquide présente des notes fruitées. La datte ayant sucré le liquide de son sucre plutôt sec, j’y détecte des notes de cassonade brûlée et macérée dans l’alcool car disons-le, cette bière cache très mal l’alcool qui la constitue! La figue de son côté apporte une rondeur agréable au liquide et un corps sans lequel la bière aurait été imbuvable. Légère amertume en fin de bouche laissée par un apport apprécié en houblons, cette bière se doit d’être partagée et dégustée lentement, très lentement.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (10553) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 2, 2015
Bottle. Pours a cloudy orange with medium off white head that lasts leaving sticky lacing. The aroma is strong booze and dark fruit. Thin mouth, sweet honey malt, strong booze, candy sugar, really nice.

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