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RATINGS: 1340   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 450   ABV: 15%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.4
MillStreetMan (152) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 7, 2005
The initial nose on this one is like cheap women’s perfume, but once it warmed up, it mellowed out and was quite pleasant. It’s a rich, golden colour that almost looks like burnt caramel in a glass. The flavour was deliciously rich, packed with sweetness and fruit. If there is a complaint to be made, it’s that the flavour, while excellent, feels like it’s holding back that extra bit that would push it over the top. As well, the finish is a bit quick, leaving only the taste of alcohol nearly as quickly as the beer is swallowed. A good attempt nevertheless.

1.6
Gooner8110 (17) - Michigan, USA - FEB 6, 2005
This is almost like someone is playing some kind of sick joke on me. Did I read the label correctly... Barleywine? The color was light orange to peachy, with little head. Aroma was decent, but again, not that of a good Barleywine. The flavor wasn’t all that bad.... for a pale ale. It’s a shame these guys put so much alcohol in this, because it could be an easy drinking ale. $15 4-pack is ridiculous, mind-boggling and offensive.

4.3
Fulkrum78 (175) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 3, 2005
A lighter version of the barleywine. Nice foamy head, big bubbles therein. Fades within about a minute. Nice lacing. Light hoppy aroma. Light flavor with alcohol almost transparent. Warming in the belly. Pretty decent entry!

2.2
PierreCelis (14) - USA - FEB 3, 2005
A little pale colored for a barley wine. Nose reminded me of Robitussin. First taste sweet and cloying - much alcohol. Bitter cough syrup finish. Tasted in a session with Old Crustacean and Old Numbskull: both good. Olde School was an amateur attempt. Not pleasant.

3
Hildigöltur (5104) - København, DENMARK - FEB 3, 2005
Orange coloured. Alcohol and caramel aroma. Very sweet and rather alcoholic flavour. Unbalanced.

3.6
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 1, 2005
apple juice appearance...aroma is full of spices, mild hops and sugars; very smooth palate; flavor is abundant of spices, sugars, with a touch of caramels and honey

2.3
Ratman197 (14976) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 31, 2005
What a disapointment! This has nothing I expect in a barleywine except big alcohol. Pale gold color, subdude nose, and very light flavor. One of the worst Dogfish beers ive had. Come on Sam you can do better than this.

3.1
mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2005
Being a fan of "big sippin’ beers" I figured this 15% Barley Wine was a deal at $3.49. After all WWS and 120 Minute command a $7+ price tag. However, on my first sip I realized why. Even at 15% this brew just really doesn’t have the muscle and complexity of the aforementioned two. Pours with a orange-gold color. Maintains a thin white head. The alcohol tends to really dominate the aroma and flavor with some ripe peach, apricot and white grape in the background. Would greatly benefit from some crystal malts added to the grist since the malt profile is a bit tame here. Don’t perceive the dark fruits (dates,figs) as the product description espouses. Finish shows some moderate flavorful hop profile, but is also a bit solvent in nature. Overall mouthfeel and palate is a bit on the thin side. Kinda disappointed with this one from DogfishHead.

4
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 29, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2006 The aroma is of peaches, raisins, and a medium brick cheese. (Well, at least that’s what I thought.) I shared this wonder with MIBRomeo last night. Anyway, the appearance was a very bubbly light copper-gold color that had a thin white head and spotted lacing. The palate was dry yet creamy that was livey in it’s carbonation. The flavor was of alcohol, grass hops, allspice, pepper, honey, flowers. It had a good belch. 8, 3, 7, 4, 14 = 3.6

I retried a 2 year old bottle of this. Quite good. It has improved much and is much easier to drink. The palate is perfect.

4
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 28, 2005
great thick white head w/ a nice carbonated bubbles and a nice golden color, one of the best looking light colored beers I’ve seen. the aroma is a nice subtly containing alcohol, w/ a nice hoppy backbone and hints of peaches and another fruit I can’t destinguish. the palate was rich and creamy w/ a nice kick of carbonation. flavor comes out as a honey and alcohol in the first then hints of raisens, peaches, malts, and hops, the malty & hoppyness is fairly light for a barley wine... overall it was very good.


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