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RATINGS: 1352   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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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.

1FastSTi (3358) - 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.

MIBRomeo (2579) - 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.

ClarkVV (6967) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 28, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2005 Vintage 2003 (pictured at left), but on draught. Surprising color, not knowing anything about this beer. Bright, lucid yellow-golden, with a slight hint of lightly hazy orange. Moderate, even, white head that sits atop obediently. Aroma has hints of peaches, unripe nectarines, perhaps some light fig notes (wouldnt be able to tell if I didnt see it on the description, though), with some flowery, herbal orange honey blossom-like notes. Tremendous dry fruit esters, with some restrained alcohol ntoes as well. Flavor starts out with a big honey and orange zing, very warming immediately, with the alcohol perceptible from the start. Light peach brandy notes, some rusty, earthy metallic notes as well. Dry fruits abound, with a dry malt base, not entirely unlike North Coast Old Stock. Very strong herbal qualities, with not much, if any, of the sweet, sugary notes I would expect from the dates. Finishes, alcoholic, heavily floral hops, some citrus and a bit of malt. I hope the 2002 750mL bottles are maltier than this. Medium-full to full body. 7/4/7/3/13
2004 bottle (green cap) Sampled at Moan and Dove on 8/19/2005. Light peach-apricot yellow color, medium-sized bubbles and a small covering of white head, not terribly well retained, with only a bit of lacing here and there. VERY clear. Aroma of light yellow fruits, pale malt sugariness and some dry, leafy hops. Flavor is lightly fruity, moderately bitter, lightly acidic and has a pretty good alcohol apparency. This year’s version isnt even as syrupy as the last, which in this case is a bad thing, IMHO, as this just seems like a sparkling beverage, light and unbalanced with alcohol. No substantial body on it, very short finish with peach skin, some oranges and sugar. Medium body, though pretty light relative to style. 7/3/6/3/11

Sammy (13017) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 26, 2005
I found it a cross between a traditional barleywine and an American Pale. It is an attempt to improve on the roughness of American barleywines, and I think by Joev they did it. The smell of barleywine, although surprisingly pale colour. Some hops and barleywine not over the top. Tasty if you care somewhat for the style. I do I do.

smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - JAN 26, 2005
Bottle - HUGE malt and alcohol nose. Dirty gold and full of floaties. Beautiful head of tiny, tiny white bubbles. Big malt flavor up front with a surprisingly fruity finish. It warms quickly and so did I. Could use some aging, but I’m not nearly patient enough ... I gotta buy ’em aged!

Dickinsonbeer (5073) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 25, 2005
Pours too light for a barleywine. It was a plain orange/ light amber color wtih a thin head which dissipated fast. Why would you make a barleywine with only pale malt? I like a fair amount of crystal malt in a barleywine for a good sweet backbone. It is even more confusing becuase this is so strong- it leaves hardly any malt backbone to stand up agaisnt the hops and alcohol. The body suffers becuase of this as well- as this one comes out too thin. The hops arent even that pronounced either. I dont know what the deal is with this beer, but I didnt like it very much, and I really doubt that this will get better with age. Maybe the best thing to do would be to stick this one in a hole but instead of memorizing where you put it- you should try to forget it.

beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JAN 25, 2005
12oz bottle: Aroma is pleasantly heated with alcoholic spice and hop oil cindered orange fruit. Notes of phenols strung about. Mellow and melony too with some green raisin and caramel floating underneath. Hazen dull peachy orangeish color with a near to nothing cap of whisped white. Lacing is drippy with some thin strings being left on the glass. Flavors are good with a nice mellow display of warming caramel laced with a fruity undertone thats got apricot, raisin, and fig. Well heated and thusly so. It searches and reaches for more but doesn’t quite get there as the alcohol gets in the way a bit. The finish does pick up and linger with some softer warmth of fruits, caramel, sugars, and hop oils which is nice. The heat comes in quick then kinda singes away letting the rest settle in across the palate. It gets beyond mellow while it sits. I poured this at about 50 degrees and as it got up to room temprature it was super mellow. Very super mellow. Real nice quality to have as it seems to get more drinkable as you go yet as soon as it hits the lips it demands you sip. Interesting charactistic. This is a seemingly complexing alcoholic beverage that does hide its beefy ABV very well. Its not all that overly heated or alcoholic/boozy, its quite brazenless in that regards. Its smooth and creamy body is a wonderment and maintains a favorable slick texture. Good stuff. Sooo very close to getting the next number up. Liked it alot actually, more so then the numbers suggest.

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. Don’t 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 D’Etre, 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 don’t mind. Flavor... eh, aside from recalling the text I lost, I really don’t want to retype it. So, much like the aroma. 8 / 5 / 8 / 4 / 16

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 it’s 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.

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