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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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAR 29, 2005
I was not quite as blown away with this barley wine as many others here. The malt is clearly top notch, a definite trait of the brewery, but the alchohol here is the most prominent flavor, giving the caramel in the alcohol a heated edge that makes it slightly unpleasant and dulls to the senses. Some mild hops provide some contrast, but once the sweetness from the malt subsides, your left with varnish and bourbon. Now once you can zero out the beer at the high ABV, it is possible to enjoy the bready yeast and doughy grains, but it takes perseverance and a clear head.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - MAR 28, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2006 Bottle. Nice yellow body with a ring of bubbles. Nose is all barleywine-sweet, earthey, caramel. Taste is sweet with notes of hay, cramel, low-medium hops bitterness. Sweetness is just slightly unbalanced by under hopping.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nuffield (4092) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 28, 2005
Bright golden yellow/amber color, no floaties in my glass but in Kevins at the bottom. Big time sweetness and beautiful barleywine complexity. Candy, chocolate, rum, alcohol. The flavor has some obvious alcohol early on but it pulls out into a really nice sticky mix of malts and hops. I had no idea this was 15.5% abv. Really impressive barleywine. Thanks to Kevin42 for sharing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hopgeek (90) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 27, 2005
Pours a light copper to golden, rather light for a barley wine. Creates thousands of bubbles that cling to the sides of my snifter as I give it a swirl. Looks quite thick. Smells of sweet, sweet apricots. Flavor is also sweet and the alcohol is very present here. There are some citrus notes and apricot is found again. This is thick and sticky, leaves a coat on the palate as it goes down, pleasantly warming. Wow, this beer is freaking huge, I can drink one and its enjoyable... but thats about as far as Id go.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Kevin (2193) - 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 havent 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 dont 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - MAR 24, 2005
poured a copperish color with a small off white head and a nice malty aroma. Full mouthfeel with a nice warm sticky sweet malt taste. another solid beer from DFH.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAR 24, 2005
Poured a thick golden copper. Big malty aroma. Flavors of caramel, sugar, and a little fruity. Hops and alcohol helped balance the sweetness. Full bodied, smooth, slick, and thick. Very warming.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 22, 2005
Elbowing against Ol Ho for the title of my favorite barleywine, this is a wonderful brew. Id love to see the IBU count on it -- its not posted on the website. Great malt complexity to it without being overly sweet. Balancing hops are incredibly well done. Very enjoyable beer. It sounds to me like Aspidites got his hands on some Immort.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 13, 2005
A very one dimensional and sweet beer. Some lite fig with way too much sweetness. boring and cloying beer. I sent a bottle to a friend at a distillery who ran the abv. It came in a very disconcerting 11.2% nothing like the 15% claim.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
flemdawg (559) - Rowlett, Texas, USA - MAR 12, 2005
I was told that this tastes better in the big bottle than it does in the 12oz, so when Eyedrinkale brought out a 2002 big bottle, had to rate it. Hazy amber color wth very little head at all. Fruits( apples, pears, cherries) and honey in the aroma. More of the fruits in the taste, the same as in the aroma. This was very tasty indeed.

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