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RATINGS: 1358   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 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
paul9639 (116) - New Hampshire, USA - APR 10, 2005
My least favorite offering from Dogfish. The pour was thick and had very little head.The aroma was of alcohol and carmel, with a hint of dried fruit. The taste was sickly sweet with a strong alcohol overtone. If you let this beer get to room temperature, and you can distinguish it from turpentine, you are a better man than me. I will probably truy again to confirm my dislike.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
frankenkitty (2008) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - APR 4, 2005
12 oz. bottle poured a medium honey-orange body with a small, off-white head. Dried fruit in the aroma along with alcohol and banana. Potent sour apple flavor, with a sweetly malted end. Syrupy, clingy aftertaste that held a caramel fruitiness... and a bit more of that tongue-warming alochol.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (6273) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - APR 4, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2008 Bottle: Poured a light brown color ale with a medium head with medium retention. Carbonation is above average for a barley wine and body is a bit thin for the style. Aroma consisted of dates and figs with strong malt. Taste is quite enjoyable with some sweetness (but not too much) balance well against the malt and hops. Finish is slightly dry with some subtle water, which did disappoint me. Alcohol is not really discernable. Overall, I guess this is a good barley wine but I had some better one. Re-rate 2008 (fresh bottle 2007): A bit more complex (dry fruits) then last time around but some alcohol phenols were discernable which I didnt appreciate.

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