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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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3.5
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 27, 2004
cloudy, light amber, aroma of lightly burnt malt, some alcohol, flavor is sweet , little hops in the finish. not overly complex but fairly decent

3.4
Hawksfan17 (890) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 24, 2004
Smells sweet, hoppy, of alcohol and citrus. Pours hazy orange gold with no head really. Flavor is similar, I definitly taste the hops and fruit. The alcohol taste is hidden but you sure feel it warm you up as it goes down. As I drank it more though I tasted it more and more and also smelled it. It was a little too much for me. The finish is bitter. I have said this time over again that I don’t like the more bitter beers etc. This is decent enough though for the style, but I don’t think I would drink it again.

4
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - AUG 20, 2004
Strong caramel, some citrus notes, subtle alcohol, kind of brandy like. Bronze color, with thin, foamy off white head. Flavor has caramel, sweet, with some bitterness in the finish. Creamy.

4.1
DocLock (10689) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 5, 2004
As for Sam’s description, I definitely wouldn’t bury this one and come back a year later for it. It’s too good now for that. Plus, between the moles and my dead relatives, this bottle would be sucked dry in no time. At any rate, this one pours very turbid gold, with a minimal white head. The aroma is complex, with hints of big malt, fruit, port, cabernet, cognac, and hops. The finish is firm, malty, with fruit, a slight acrid hoppiness, and some citrus. The alcohol is there....I estimated 8%....I was blown away when I saw this as 15%!!!! Perhaps not quite as complex as some barleywines I’ve had, but this one was very good. The bad news is that having had this and a 25 ounce Avery The Czar tonight, I’m going to have to save my 120 minute IPA until tomorrow night...........LIVE.......in the chatroom!.......with special guest Mike Tyson (OK, I’m kidding about that last part). Another winner from Sam Calagione and DFH.

3.7
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - JUL 28, 2004
7/24/04. Poured out of 12 oz. bottle, sampled at San Diego Barley Wine Tasting courtesy of SDbruboy 7/24/04. Surprisingly light color, almost honey-colored light golden tan. Nutty aroma with harsh alcohol, fruity sweetness,and big bitterness. Not much head, but good retention and decent lacing. Big, sweet flavor and wood burn. Pretty nice, and its got some elegance, but it’s a little ordinary without doing much to justify its 15.5% alcohol (or hefty price tag). Pretty decent, but disappointing coming from the DFH boys.

3.8
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 28, 2004
Bottle. Poured orangey gold, creamy thin head that left gorgeous lacing. Subtle fruity aromas, figs are noticible along with hints of raisins and other dried fruits. Flavor is sweet, rich and syrupy, apricots and mild hops, alcohol is noticible but not overpowering at all. Smooth, thick body and sticky! Definitely a unique brew.

4.1
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUL 27, 2004
07.24.04 Bottle. Extremely clouded, dark, and rich. This beer’s aromas are full of wonderful dark fruits - raisin, fig, plum - and some tropical dried fruits - mango, passionfruit. It’s amazing before a sip. First taste yields a fresh and bright tasting brew with perfect eff to carry the full palate all over the mouth. What? this bottle is pretty old (10/02)! As flavor lingers, fresh fruits appear like pear and grape that add a crispness to the finish. Very nice stuff.

4
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 27, 2004
This is a great Barley Wine. Lots of fruit flavors apricot and fig, syrupy, and sweet. Finishes rich creamy, and clean.

3.8
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 25, 2004
shockingly light golden orange color with a big bubbles halo of a head...sugar coated citrus, peach, and papaya aroma with a slight sourness in the background. Flavors were nice, sweet, mellow, and relaxing..very refined..for 15% alcohol, its extraordinarily smooth...heating feel to it..I’m down for it, homie!

3.5
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUL 16, 2004
Bottle pours a translucent red hued amber, small fizzly off-white head, with spotty laciing and very light carbonation.   Aroma was fairly simply, some sweet malts and alcohol.   Flavor was much the same, alcohol and sweet malts.   Nothing really came out of this one, even as it warmed.   Seemed like more of a Barleywine mixed with a Tripel and or an English Strong Ale.   The 15.5% was rather manageable tho.   Medium body and mouthfeel, definite warming feeling too.   Tiz alright, glad I tried it, but probably wouldn’t have again.   Thanks goes out to CaptainCougar for the trade!



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