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RATINGS: 1362   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 450   ABV: 15%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.7
WabashMan (1024) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - APR 2, 2004
A very nice color, decent (a little thin) head, and an aroma similar to a reisling wine (strangely enough!). Flavor is a little lacking, and a bit too sweet for me. Decent overall, as most offerings from DFH.

4.1
beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - APR 1, 2004
Light orange color. Medium white head. Aroma is orange fruit, malty and sweet. A full bodied Barley Wine. The malts are malty and sweet, touches of orange, spice and apricots. Hops are spicy and a touch bitter. The malts really dominate is this one. The alcohol bite is very evident, but it is still very smooth tasting and does not taste like its 15.5% alcohol. Slightly spicy with a touch of cinnamon at the finish. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

4.5
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2004
Wow! This is a great beer. By far, Dogfish Head's best offering. Dark golden color with small diminishing white head. Smell is sweet and alcoholic. Incredible complex malt profile with hints of caramel, orange, grape, and licorice? flavors. Nice thick palate with a good balancing alcohol and bitterness to combat the sticky sweetness.

3.8
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 27, 2004
Bottled in December '02, sampled on March 27, 2004: Pours a clear glowing orange with a thick, nicely lacing head. Aroma is boisterous, boasting a strong caramel malt presence and a nice hoppy balance. Body starts thick and caramely sweet with a pleasant complexity and hints of light fruit. Finshes dry, full and with a slightly warming palate. A nice barleywine that hides it's alcohol very well, but might be a bit over the top with regards to balance and drinkability.

4
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAR 23, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2008 [bottle] Pours a slightly hazy orange color with lots of carbonation. One of the lighter barley wines I have seen. Definitely can smell the alcohol, but it is also mixed with some caramel and malt. Strong malt flavor with a citrus and caramel undertone to it. Finish is very strong with a hard alcohol bite. Very creamy mouthfeel.

3.7
3fourths (9347) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 22, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2004 Feb, 2004 bottle - Clear orange appearance. Musty nose of oranges, soap, butter, wood, and butterscotch candy. The alcohol bites at the back of the throat, with a roasted nut and orange flavor. Spiced finish. A bittersweet beer tonight... one of the few that survived the theft of my truck.

3.4
Sham (1844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 20, 2004
Golden pour with a light head. No lacing really. Aroma of grapes and alcohol. Some caramel. Sweet malts that are balanced nicely. Alcohol is not too overpowering either.

3.5
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAR 19, 2004
Light pale golden color with a light oily head and a little lacing. The aroma is full of alcohol with some muskat grapes and tons of alcohol along with a brandy-like sweetness. The flavor is well balanced and moderately sweet to diminish the alcohol. Interesting barleywine, extremely high gravity, almost like a brandy.

3.4
hotstuff (5160) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 19, 2004
Bottle. A small sized creamy and smooth white head with fine-medium sized bubbles that quickly dissipated. The body was carbonated and slightly hazy with an orange hue. The nose was hoppy, sweet and fruity. The flavor was alcohol, sugar, tart, tangy and hoppy. The mouthfeel was tingly and the lacing was fair.

3.4
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - MAR 18, 2004
Copper colored with a small head Nose is malty with a hint of alcohol. Taste is fruity (you can really tastethe dates) and sweet, almost no carbonation.


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