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RATINGS: 1354   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badgerben (5043) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
robertsreality (2460)
- Minnesota, USA - OCT 7, 2004
Amber Coloring. White Ring Alcohol Aroma. In the Flavor As Well. Spice, Bread Dough. Some Prunes/Raisins. Noticable Warming At The End. Dry. This One Packs a Punch. Dont Drink When in a Hurry.. Very Good Brew!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crosling (1864)
- Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
Pours a orangish peach. I really like the color. I had little trouble developing a head, and suprisingly it is staying throughout the session. Lacing isnt bad either. I just spilt this on myself. God dammit. Aroma is barely there. This tastes really good especially when you consider the ABV. This is definately a barley wine that concentrates on barley to achieve its flavors. Not very hoppy. Very fruity with citrusy fruit, overiped but seems to be perfect. The malts provide a flavor that is very sweet with caramel and molasses. This is a very good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - OCT 2, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2006 Good Good Good. Pours a hazy dark amber with a miute head that quickly reduces to nothing. A dried fruit aroma with a bit of caramel malts and a dash of alcohol. Has a fruity taste, a hint of citric hops, and surprizingly low alcohol presence. A very thick, sticky drink. Warming, too. This may be my fave barley wine style.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
aracauna (3567) - Georgia, USA - SEP 25, 2004
Medium amber/tan body with a light foam head that fades to a weather pattern. The aroma is heavy on the overriped bananas. Combined with the bit of caramel and other malt aromas, its like smelling a batch of fresh-baked banana pudding. Im not picking up much on the figs, but I do get a bit of date action in the flavor. Very fruity. Edges on being too sweet, though. Very interesting beer, but being interesting is never a problem for Dogfish Head.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - SEP 19, 2004
Hazy orange beer with a fine off-white head. Rather alcoholic aroma with tones of fruit, apricot and oranges. Very sweet and soft flavor. Lots of fruit, oranges and citrus and a nice warming tone of alcohol. Some hops in there also. Very tasty but maybe a bit too sweet. I didnt notice that the alcohol% was 15.5 until after I finished my glass, it hides the alcohol extremely well!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 18, 2004
Hoppy, alcoholic aroma. No head, but a great cloudy peach color. Malty, hoppy taste but wa-haaaay to alcoholic. Not hidden at all, maybe this beer needs time to age and mellow out. Drinkable but certainly not balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - SEP 15, 2004
Glowing orange color with no head. Strong raisin, date, apricot and alcohol aroma. Very sweet raisin, apricot, malt, honey and date with a slight alcohol burn and citrus hops finish. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - SEP 15, 2004
Murky orange color with no head. The aroma was dominated by dried fruit...dates, figs, raisins, apricot. The flavor was quite sweet...apricot, raisins, honey, and some citrusy hops bitterness...mild alcohol burn in the aftertaste. The feel was soft and wet...coating...not too thick. Pretty good. Thanks footbalm.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madsberg (11655) - Sborg, DENMARK - SEP 11, 2004
Bottled: Golden coloured. Dusty. Beige small head. Sweetness, alcahol, malt and some spices in the aroma. Flavour is full of sweetness and alcahol. Some caramel notes. Is very sweet and somewhat unbalanced in the end. Thanks Jens for sharing.

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