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RATINGS: 1351   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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - MAY 14, 2005
Pours a slightly hazy amber/orange color. Lots of bubbly action, thick white foamy head. Aroma of sugar, musty lemons/grapefruit. This beer is so soft on the palate, smooth and easy to drink. VERY nice. A small hop presence!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jimstrassburg (57) - Germantown, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 13, 2005
Pale tan, thin cream head. Citrus hops. Not a overly intense scent. Bannaa rind scent. Taste is medium bodied. Apricot and light to medium carbonation. Very yummy. Thanks Matt.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 11, 2005
Clear, pale apricot color, slim-to-none head. Aroma: fiery fruit, not terribly forward, either, just rather naked with the alcohol, accompanied by hints of peach, orange, cherry...and booze. taste: boom! A blitz of boozalicious rough fruity flavor, ...very warming, and a bit punishing, as well...this is not a delicate affair, in the least. Over the top and out of the stratosphere. Not sure why its called "Olde School", this a newfangled Sturm Und Drang. Stings quite a bit on the palate, too, with an unfavorable flavor. Rather thin in body for all the boom-shak-a-lacka it brings in the mouth. Something this bold with the booze should really have a beefier body to match the lashing liquor. As it is, way too hot. Im going to chase this with a Bells Third Coast Old Ale to reassociate my tongue with a real barleywine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 11, 2005
Clear gold in color with a thin, splotchy head like algae on the surface of a swamp. Aroma is tart cherries, cotton candy, vanilla and cedar. Occasional wafts give a slight suggestion of the high ABV. Flavor consists of orange rinds, bubble gum, oak and vanilla. Creamy and smooth body, which was a pleasant surprise from the thin composure inferred by the appearance. Slightly dactylic and separated. Reminds me of Brooklyns 2004 Monster Ale, which I have cellared in hopes of making it a superstar; maybe Olde School needs to age as well? As it is fresh - everything is moderately controlled and balanced, making this barley wine good, but not very special or dynamic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 6, 2005
bottle. 2003 vintage at Beer Bistro. heavy sweet maltiness, yeasty, cheese funk, some pear fruitiness. pours a hazy orange-amberish colour with a small white head along with some floaties. this is a big beer with a low hop profile but a massively sweet malty flavour. Im not sure but I think this is the highest alcohol content Ive had in a beer and I was definitely able to notice it, it was certainly a sipping beer. very potent. pretty good barley wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 5, 2005
bottle from brickskeller. aroma: pine, booze. look: clear light gold (lighter than i expected for a barleywine). flavor: wow. caramel is the boat, and piney woodsy notes ride along, as well as a hint of the alcohol content. still, the 15% is very well hidden. not one for pounding, but very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - MAY 1, 2005
Nice crystal tangerine color. Very herbal aroma with some noticable hops and soft pillowy yeast tones. A little thinner than I would expect at the alcohol level -- the hops dont really work with this, but somehow I dont mind. An enjoyable brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 18, 2005
Thick pour like swirling rootbeer and a sticky aroma like rancid orange and sugarcane. Earthy flavour without any sort of overbearing hops. The malts smooth out all of the effects of the heavy alcohol content. This is a definite improvement on the WWS from 98. Cheers DFH!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 14, 2005
03 bottle-Pours a hazy orange/brown color body with a small white head. Aroma i very sugary. The favor is a lot like an apricot with sweet carmel drizzled on it. A ittle alcohol in the finish but its very well hidden for 15%. A bit better than I expected. Aged very well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 12, 2005
2003 Vintage, Bottle, Beer Bistro. Tried this one along with a 1997 Rogue Old Crustacean. This poured lighter in the glass than the rogue, almost an apricot orange with an orange tinted small head. Aroma was interesting - alcohol, sweetness with fruity notes and even a little spice. Initial taste was a little bottle - tinged I found. After that faded though, the taste was very strong with more bitterness than the rogue, and also more sweetness. The big difference for me was the earthy quality this beer had - there was something almost organic tasting about the whole package which was quite nice. I still think this had some rough edges to it, and the bottle taste was unfortunate (especially when the 97 rogue didnt have any at all) but overall, this was a fine sipping Barleywine.

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