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RATINGS: 1339   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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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - JAN 23, 2005
This was an amazing barleywine. Although I was not patient enough to place this brew in the ground for a year, the 6 months its aged worked very well. Very smooth and hid the 15% very well. Pours very light for a barleywine, a nice glowing orange with a medium white head. Lots of citrusy malts and a piney hop smell to it. Taste starts with a citrus sweetness, like some sort of citrus candy, lots of caramel notes, and a big hop well balanced finish.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mads Langtved (2244) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - JAN 22, 2005
Fruity aroma. A bit monotonous taste. Alcoholic finish. Very sweet palate. The 15 % alcohol is abvious. I coud imagine the taste would improve if it was matures for a couple of years. Dont believe in beer holes.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 14, 2005
Odd color for a barleywine, pineapple mango or some exotic fruit plus a lot of malt in the aroma, along with a distinct alcohol presence, high fruit (apple) and malt taste with alcohol in the aftertaste. Tastes reminded me of the 120. Good but not great, at least not yet.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JAN 22, 2005
UPDATED: APR 17, 2005 Note: original rating was a 3.0 (winter 04/05 bottle). 2002 sample courtesy of Eyedrinkale. Definately improves quite a bit over a couple years!!! Huge sweet malt aroma and flavor. More balanced hops, smoother body. Quite nice. Pours light orange with decent head that fades quickly. Aroma is caramel malts with some hops present. Initial taste is caramel but fades to all bitter hops. Scores alright in the categories, was a little unbalanced though. Think it scores higher because its DHB.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gsteph (323) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 18, 2005
Clear, reddish copper pour with a solid white head with good retention. Sticky lace. Sweet caramel, vanilla, malty and high alcohol nose. Caramel apple and woody flavor with a peppery finish. Thick, creamy and smooth. Very good. Hard to mask the alcohol though. No Old Horizontal but well see after it ages some.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pivo (2672) - GERMANY - JAN 22, 2005
Hoppy, malty nose - not so strong but very enjoyable. Pale golden amber color and a sticky foamy head. Smooth orangy malt with some fruity apricot that transitions to a broad, full-mouth hop taste. Impeccable balance really and there is no one component that sitcks out. Thats whats good about this, perhaps.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pailhead (6529) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JAN 14, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2005 Bottle: Aroma is rather sweet caramel and citrus and a light hop smell too. Pours a transparent copper with a decent white head but not a lot of retention. Sweet caramel up front with some citrus and a decent hop finish. Alcohol flavor in the finish increases as you drink. Kind of like a IIPA alcohol finish. This is different and doesnt really make me think of a barley wine. Id prefer to stick with their 60,90, or 120. A little let down with this one.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 23, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2006 Fresh 2005 bottle; sampled Jan 2005. Frothy/Soapy white head. Shiny reddish-gold body. Grapes, raisins, ginger, oats/grain in aroma. Grainy taste too. Alcohol, rummy wine, piney hops accompanies grain. Dont get me wrong... the grain is not uber-present and not negative. It seems to have a raw complexity. I am strangely reminded of a blend of the Raison DEtre, the Immort Ale, and maybe Pangea... 7 / 5 / 8 / 4 / 15 2004 - May 2006 - Farking lost my rating update due to clicking a link. Well put together after two years; questioning if I overrated the first time. Honey, perfume, white grapes, spice, sugar cookies aroma. Seems so much more put together than fresh. Great flavor too; slightly coating.... alcohol yes, but I dont mind. Flavor... eh, aside from recalling the text I lost, I really dont want to retype it. So, much like the aroma. 8 / 5 / 8 / 4 / 16

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 22, 2005
Aged for a year in my "cellar" (box in the basement). This must have done the trick but I have not tried a non-aged bottle. Cloudy, darker golden color, chunks floating about from the last third of the bottle. Best at room temp. Big, round, fruity green grape, melon, apple, honey. Full, creamy, round mouthfeel, fills the palate gently. The 15% abv was hidden. I thought this was very good, I need more! I suggest aging this.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 14, 2005
Bright orange color, minimal head. Malty aroma, caramel, alcohol and whisky. Hard hitting malt flavor, oak is in the mix, caramel again, sticky yet drying alcohol finish (you didnt think they could actually hide that 15%. Solid, yet a bit one dimensional, particularly in comparison to the Immortale.


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