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RATINGS: 1351   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.

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3.7
Crash (549) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - OCT 3, 2005
GABF 2005: Poured dark with good head but, little lacing. Aroma was sweet with an alcohol kicking coming through. Taste was also sweet with an alcohol kick. I didn’t really catch much hops but, there was a slight hint that was a nice surprise.

3.7
duff (5486) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 30, 2005
Bottle, huge thanks gos out to clarkVV for this one! Golden orange colour. Big malty aroma, smells quite sweet and the alcohol is noticed in the aroma. Palate is sweet, and sticky, with some stewed fruit in there, woody pine-sap character aswell as some warming alcohol in the finish, but when you consider how strong it is, the alcohol is quite well hidden, mouthfeel is quite smooth aside from the slight sticky sweetness. You can certainly feel the affects of the alcohol when you finish the bottle though. Very nice, but perhaps not as complex as i was hoping, still, i really can’t complain.

3.6
MullMan (1099) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 27, 2005
I was pretty tempted to bury this bottle near the "cult house" in the woods of DuPont owned Delaware real estate. but I couldn’t wait and the directions didn’t say exactly which woods to use. color is peachy golden, bright and clear. foamy off-white head goes quickly. a few bubbles in the body. aroma is syrupy malt, a little sweet vermouth. high carbonation for a barley wine, starts malty sweet with hops at the beginning, then goes to a blended whiskey alcohol heat. a little banana flavor in the background. not a very complex barley wine, but so much milder than many others (and the others have much lower ABVs I might add). sweet and bitter aftertaste. this is quite a drinkable barley wine. thanks Secret Santa 1FastSti for this!

3.9
NachlamSie (3597) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 17, 2005
bottle. Pours a light red with a thin head, not much to look at really. The aroma is much nicer, noticeable alcohol, some hops, and a dry bittersweetness. This goes down so smooth for 15%. There’s a good hop level which I wasn’t expecting, a strong smoky pine flavor, and a pretty crisp finish. This brew is so drinkable with a great warming effect.

4.3
fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 11, 2005
Almost no head. White foam. Strong yeasty smell. Dark honey color. Date, fig sweet taste. Moderately sweet, which is consistent throughout Excellent taste!!! Very smooth. Very well balanced.

3
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - SEP 11, 2005
well, now this was your average BW. lots of stuff in it, floaters if you will. has lots of artificial flavoring that i can detect, which is weird considering the floaties. some apple and some carmel, with that weird black licorice flavor. some brown sugar and maple syrup in both the flavor and aroma. typical.

4
TheEnemy (564) - Chicago, USA - SEP 10, 2005
"Olde School" is right. DFH has thankfully resisted the urge to overbitter their barleywine unlike too many other American craft brewers. Nice orange-citrus aroma with alcohol present as well. Surprisingly light color for the style, looks more like an amber than a serious barleywine. Take a sip, however, and it’s plenty evident this is a serious barleywine indeed. Pleasant dried fruit (raisin, apple, dates) and sweet malt dominate. Good hop bitterness too but thankfully not overdone. Some warming alcohol too, though not as much as one would expect for a 15%abv brew. Thick chewy palate. What a unique and excellent barleywine.

4.5
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
chilehead (186) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - SEP 6, 2005
Sweet and caramely, creamy on the palate, tastes like it has malolactic fermentation you’d find on a chardonay (of course, it doesn’t).

4.1
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - SEP 4, 2005
Makes translating your notes form a major events tolerable; sweet honey tomes little if no lacing, oily surprise in texture, but overall enjoyable smoothness


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