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RATINGS: 1359   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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3.2
dfinney23 (3250) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 27, 2017
Very boozy. Oddly not a lot of flavor. Nothing objectionable, just weirdly doesnt seem to taste like much of anything.

3.7
Nephilium (1806) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 25, 2017
Boozy dark fruit aroma, pours a hazy reddish-amber with a thin light tan head. Big bold flavor, with enough alcohol to let you know its there. Slightly sweet flavor, with the fruit notes coming through. A bit thinner body then I was expecting with this beer, but this is a fine sipping beer.

3.6
tekstr1der (482) - New Hampshire, USA - MAR 18, 2017
Amber-mohagany pour with ring of tan. Aroma is mysterious with a syrupy malt seeming to be balanced by a strange bitterness. Wow that innocuous smell is deceiving, the flavor is full-blast with alcohol ruining it all. There are hints of various good tidings such as the sweetness of fig and date, as well as brown sugar. Unfortunately the booziness quality - almost whiskey-like, dominates and ruins for me. Ive had plenty of 11-13% brews where the alcohol is well-hidden and barely noticeable. At just a few percent higher this stuff unravels, and likely requires extensive aging.

3.9
sinfull (1633) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 16, 2017
Clear , chestnut color. Big , yellowish head. Caramel malt , figs , dark fruits and hint of alcohol in aroma. Sweet, malty taste. Flavor of dark fruits and malt . Warming alcohol at the end. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
DavidWoodruff (601) - Windsor, California, USA - MAR 9, 2017
Deep amber with a small cream colored head. Aroma is nutty and a bit phenolic. Lots of raw almond flavor with a huge alcohol hit quickly followed by a surprising hop bitterness. Thought letting it warm up a bit would bring out more sweetness and malt complexity - but it was simple bitter and medicinal. The alcohol strength here need the balance of more unfermentables and less hops.

3.6
moderrnlifeiswar (58) - Maryland, USA - MAR 7, 2017
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4.1
b79turner (260) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - MAR 6, 2017
2016 12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. Reddish brown pour with a minimal white head. Nose is typical barleywine. Taste is same, pine & floral hops, very good. The alcohol burn is definitely there, but not too bad for 15% ABV.

3.2
ehaak26 (499) - - FEB 21, 2017
Bottle from Ian into a pint. Aroma is heavy with figs, malt, and some. Just too sweet for me.

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Swaimbb (2) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 16, 2017 does not count
Aroma: Yeasty smell of leather and heavy alcohol aroma Appearance: Dark beautiful red, hazy, and minimal head Taste: Intense bitter taste, characteristics of salt and medium sweetness afterbirth. Palate: Heavy - full body, oily, creamy, and think. Soft carbonation but still bursting with flavor. Long finish. Overall: A unique beer that is a treat to the palate on occasion.

3.5
jsporrer (982) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 12, 2017
Pours a coppery iced tea brown with a thin off white head. Light carbonation with lots of lacing. Pleasant aroma of caramel and dark fruits. Smooth with a light syrupy body. Nice taste of caramel and dark fruits. Some warmth but not as much as I expected from a 15% ABV. Hides the alcohol well. Smooth finish with a lightly sweet lingering aftertaste of candy corn. Not overly boozy. Nice Barley wine but not the best Ive had. Fairly enjoyable.


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