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RATINGS: 1362   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
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 isn’t 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.

4.1
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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3.6
aracauna (3606) - 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, it’s like smelling a batch of fresh-baked banana pudding. I’m 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.

3.9
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 didn’t notice that the alcohol% was 15.5 until after I finished my glass, it hides the alcohol extremely well!

3.8
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.

4.2
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.

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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.

3.4
madsberg (11770) - Søborg, 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.

3.9
Ungstrup (37625) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - SEP 11, 2004
An unclear dark orange beer with a small orange head. The aroma is of caramel and alcohol and is quite sweet. The flavor is dry with notes of caramel and alcohol.

3.1
Sickboy282 (1114) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 1, 2004
Poured a hazy glden hue with a small white ehad. Aromas of sweetness and slight alcohol. Flavors were very sweet with a thick mouthfeel and the sweetness seemed to linger. Not much depth to this brew as I have grown to expected more from DFH brews.


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