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RATINGS: 1313   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.


BeanDip's rating

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeanDip (117) - Florida, USA - JAN 25, 2013
Draft: Slightly hazy, deep copper with tan head. Looked lovely in the snifter. Fruity, sweet, toffee/caramel notes. Perhaps a little too sweet for my tastes these days. Nice medium body...a little slick. Nice hop finish. If I could have dialed back the sweetness just a tad...awesome.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mathieuc (1731) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 28, 2015
Pours a clear golden with a small white head that leaves good lacing. Nose is of light alcohol, figs and yellow fruits. Taste is of plum, caramel, lightly bitter and moderately boozy. Doesn’t drink like a 15% beer, more like 12%. lol Body is medium, carbonation light and mouthfeel a little sticky. Light alcohol warmth but still under control. Overall a fine sipper, better than expected.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
artmcd8 (1999) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2015
Took me awhile to try this one. On tap at HOTB. Pours a deep reddish brown with just the slightest off white head. Aromas of caramel, big candied vanilla dark fruits. Almost Brandy like. Alcohol is in the aroma. Smells amazing. Tastes sweet and syrupy with little alcohol burn. Wow.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
estover (68) - Valencia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2015
A hint of sweetness up front followed by a wonderful dark malt. with just a hint of burn from the 15%.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
coachd (240) - Missouri, USA - MAR 15, 2015
Very strong aroma even from the tap. Lots of dark fruit, lots of alcohol. Taste is sweet up front, then bitter hops, then a substantial alcohol burn, then back to sweetness in the aftertaste. For 15%, you shouldn't be shocked at the booze flavor just embrace it. You're drinking a massive beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bytemesis (3984) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 12, 2015
Bottle, 2011. Pours hazy burnt umber, small tan head, dissipates quickly, some lacing. Aroma is toffee, caramel, bread. Flavor is medium sweet, light plus bitter, vanilla, toffee. Medium body, a bit hot, but given the ABV I would say it is well hidden.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
schwabtana (21) - Madison Heights, Michigan, USA - MAR 5, 2015
1/2 pint draught from Ale Mary's. Dangerous barley wine @ 15% abv. Sweet, Smooth, and addictive! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jflopsu (719) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 25, 2015
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2015 Aged from 2012 (drank in 2015). Pours a dark brown. Has a caramel and dark liquor aroma. Has a strong caramel taste with sweet liquorish and strong liquor taste.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
VastActiv (3370) - Oulu, FINLAND - FEB 22, 2015
Tap at Stumbling Monk, Seattle. Colour is deep orange with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Fruits, dry fruits, alcohol and malts. Too boozy.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
njager246 (464) - grand rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 21, 2015
Aroma is malty with some sweetness, some dark fruits and a lot of booze on the back... Not my jam

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tmongoose (1505) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 7, 2015
draft the poured a semi cloudy orangish color with white head. aroma was truly a malted pleasure and alcohol. the flavor was not as clear cut as I thought it should be but didn’t detract from it...you have plenty of malts and a mild creaminess to it...could be from the maris otter. but its evenly matched over the tongue with the alcohol. it was a solid barley wine flavor and some fruit notes mixed in as well. the alcohol was must noted on the back end. overall love it...


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