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RATINGS: 1343   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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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Silphium (3193) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - NOV 21, 2004
Another huge Dogfish Head beer to sample, and this one is much like their other strong beers with its abundant, almost cloying sweetness. Murky orange body with floaties; thin off-white head. The sweetness is revealed first in the caramely, fruity aroma which also contained plenty of alcohol, almost overwhelming the grapefruity hops. The flavor was intensely sugary-sweet with plenty of melon (cantaloupe), brown sugar and alcohol, and relatively understated bitter grapefruity hops. Definitely has that Dogfish Head house character. I liked this beer, but Im not always in the mood for such sweet nectars.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 20, 2004
Clear amber, not much head. Extremely enjoyable aroma, I didnt see that one coming. A fine cigar, a campfire and a deep immort ale like maltiness with all this caramel and maple syrup richness and even some kind of meaty goodness going on. Feels 10% or so, great job there! In mouth: melon bubblegum, soothing oily hops, piney, vegetal which develops sip after sip into a larger and larger tongue-coating bitterness. Nevertheless, those huge malts never miss a meeting, it remains very sweet (caramel.. smoked maple), just very bitter at the same time and in good proportions. Oily fuelic body, fair amount of carbonation. Adopt an hypercaloric beer today.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jine (903) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - NOV 17, 2004
Bottle, split 2 ways. Dogfish just keeps providing winners. Every sip of this was delicious. An excellent barleywine? Yes. The best Ive had? No. But worth a try (or ten).

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - NOV 9, 2004
Pours a golden brown....not much of a head. The colour has me thinking pale malts were used almost exclusively. Light fruit note, with a little bit of toastiness. Sweet palate with alcohol burn coming through. Hops are barely, and I mean barely detectable. Way at the other end of the barley wine taste spectrum from, say, Bigfoot. Thanks John for an interesting bwine...definitely not what I expected, but Im glad to have tried it!!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GeniusGirl (221) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 30, 2004
bottle. deep honey color with delicate white head smells of prunes, alcohol, rasinbread... flavor of syrupy sweet figs and the concoction you made by skimming off all the liquor you could find in your parents pantry into one bottle... this heats ya up, thats for sure! drank in celebration of finally finishing Bleak House... the novel that seemed to never end...

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 28, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2006 10/28/2004 - Looks to have been bottled in January 04. Cloudy brown-orange body, cloudy because I dumped some yeast in at first. Id call the aroma "sharp" because I get alcohol and some sprucy hops. Theres some sweet dark bread notes too. The aroma gets knocked a bit because its not that interesting and the alcohol is readily evident. Big fruity notes in the taste, dates, apple, white sugar. Theres a light burning sensation on the roof of my mouth from the alcohol but I cant really taste it. The finish is sticky-sweet, peach, apple, sugar with a light spruce hop bite. A sweeter barleywine, gets points for masking its alcohol content very well. 5/2/2006 - Another Jan 04 bottle thanks to Jason. Clear orange amber body. Smells great - honey, candied orange and some caramelly malt. Pretty hot still! Theres a smooth fruity raisin / canidied orange sweet malt throughout but hot alcohol distracts. The finish is marred by Rumblemintz-style alcohol hotness.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GoldenSpunky (120) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 15, 2004
Unreal! hows is this beer 15% alcohol??? how is is possible?? This is an unreal barley wine. I have to say it is a toss up between this beer and old horizontal for the best barley wine ever. When I took the first sip, that every so sweet and ever so smooth nectar met my lips with pure delight. If you have 4 bucks to spare buy this barley wine and you will enjoy a well balanced great tasting beer that you wont soon forget.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
alaskanwarren (286) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 15, 2004
Poured from the bottle at Falling Rock Taphouse. Honey colored. Malty fruity aromatics. Taste alcohol up front but it moves away and lets other flavors come in and stay for awhile. Swish the beer over the tongue for awhile and you can taste the dates and figs. This is an extremely rich beer. Find someone to share it with. Its very special.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - OCT 14, 2004
Cloudy orange-brass body; Nice buttery yellow at bottom and autumn leaves at the top. Head is thin, cottony white and does a decent job of lacing the interior of the container. Looks a little old (hopefully it isnt). Smells of apple, sugars, lime and lemon. Taste is gorgeous. Sweet, silky and medium-thick. Similar to syrup. Begins sweet with cherries, apples then lemony hops, raisins and figs. Sweet fades a bit, getting a little roasty (thats about it for the hops), then ends as nothing but figs. Figs, figs and more figs until you take another taste. Very good, complex beer. 15% alcohol is cleverly hidden in the robust flavors. This is like the 120 IPA and WWS: a ton of flavor packed with a tremendous wallop of alcohol, and somehow they make it all work out smoothly. Only qualms possible for this beer are the lack of aroma and the overall sweetness of the brew. The sweetness is debatable as this is a barley-wine and maybe I shouldnt be criticizing it. But if you plan to drink the bottle by yourself, it will definitely become an issue.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badgerben (5005) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 13, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2007 Re-Rate. I think I rated this at the Map Room before so I figured Id give it another shot. Murky, dark copper color with a medium head. Sweet malty aroma and very sugary. Thick, yet somehow light, malt. There is definitely a hot spice likely from the alcohol. I have some to let sit for a year, so well give it another try then. Bottled in January 2004; Tasted October 3, 2004: Hazed amber color with no head. Very little barley in the aroma. Kind of a dry and bitter taste. The alcohol was quite well hidden. Eh, there just wasnt much to this one. Decent, but not outstanding.


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