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RATINGS: 1348   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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3.8
Dorkenstein (564) - - MAY 2, 2017
Aromas of caramel, figs, sherry, alcohol, and pine tar. Taste is caramel, graham crackers,figs, pine tar on the finish. Strong alcohol warming in the chest.

4.3
drjoeng (1380) - SINGAPORE - APR 29, 2017
15%ABV. Barleywine. Tapped out amber. 12ºSRM. Nose is boozy, brandy, figs, sweet sherry. Mouthfeel is boozy. Palate has honeyed figs, toasted grahams crackers, pie crusts. Some of the hops are resinous with woody finish. Finish is medium, scented wood and incense like.

4.3
wlajwl (7069) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - APR 23, 2017
Aroma is dark fruit, caramel malts and fruit/expected alcohol. The flavor is caramel malts, fruit/dark fruit, very mild nuttiness and an alcoholic/medium sweet finish.

4.2
Shag (3045) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAR 31, 2017
A copper color with a white head. The aroma contains some figs, toasted nuts, citrus, caramel, and toffee. The flavor is rather sweet with some caramel, molasses, figs, toffee, and some earthy notes. Some alcohol can be detected in the finish but expected at this ABV. Overall a very nice English style barleywine.

3.2
dfinney23 (3424) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 27, 2017
Very boozy. Oddly not a lot of flavor. Nothing objectionable, just weirdly doesn’t seem to taste like much of anything.

3.7
Nephilium (1821) - 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 it’s 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 (501) - 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. I’ve 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 (1802) - 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 (631) - 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.

4.1
b79turner (261) - 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.


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