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RATINGS: 1353   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
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 wouldnt have again. Thanks goes out to CaptainCougar for the trade!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Quetzalcoatl (153) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 13, 2004
Poured with almost no head. Body is a hazy amber. The aroma is faint, mostly malt that I can smell. No hint of the high ABV. The taste is very sweetkinda fruity, figs and dates. Very thick and rich on the tongue, this coats the mouth on the way down. Although the alcohol is noticeable, it hardly seems like 15%. Overall very good stuff, gonna cellar a bottle of this for a while. Another winner from DFH.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 9, 2004
Orange colored, with a bit of sediment. Spicy aroma, with a sweet, vinious taste. Quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 9, 2004
A little too sweet for my taste, but still a good brew. Made that Bond game a little more enjoyable. Is that enough words to allow this review?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - JUL 4, 2004
12oz Bottle Packaged 01/04 Poured a hazy orange glowing body with a thin film of white head. Wonderful fruits in the aroma are dampened by pure alcohol. Has a Belgian spiciness to the aroma as well. Body is creamy and effervescent at the same time which surprised me a bit. Flavor is weighted by alcohol which detracts here also. Some good dried fruit flavors and a sugary malt concoction is what should stand out here but is buried by alcohol. Overall would have been better at 10% or so.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
igneous1 (1535) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - JUN 24, 2004
medium golden color, no head to speak of, aroma has a sharp alcohol burn, but is loaded with buttery toffee malts, and i mean LOADED! Flavor has even more toffee maltiness, but i have to say the alcohol burn of this is quite intense and not at all masked. Ill rate this on what it tastes like now, but if I were rating this on potential, id probably give it 4-4.2 range.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - JUN 15, 2004
Pour is a hazy golden color with very little thin head that is gone before you know it. Aroma is somewhat malty and vineous, quite pleasant. Malty flavor initially, with some ethanol warmth. Surprisingly smooth, definately some sweetness. I can taste some macerated pit fruit (apricots come to mind), this must be the influence of the dates and figs. This is a very enjoyable barleywine, quite easy to drink taking the 15.5% ABV into consideration.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ericnixon (745) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 30, 2004
Nice mild rasin and earthy aroma over a cloudy deep orange. Everything about this resonates smoothness. Wonderfully smooth earthy, bready malty flavor with some figgy thrown in. The only indication of the high alcohol content is the spreading warmth across my face. Great stuff!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (13015) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 26, 2004
(Bottle) Pours a cloudy orange color with an off-white head. Has an aroma of caramel and alcohol. Flavor is of alcohol and fruit.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 25, 2004
Dark amber, small off-white lasting head. Nose is full of lush fig and raisin, some earth and light wood. Sweet bread, dried fruit, malt, and a shot of honey are the major flavor players. You have to work really hard to find the hops. Maybe look in the upper deck, last row, left field bleachers? Anyway, full bodied, soft carbonation, sweet (walking the cloying line gracefully), very smooth finish. A great after dinner sippin barleywine...

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