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RATINGS: 1358   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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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (13989) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 2, 2015
Bottle. Pours a cloudy orange with medium off white head that lasts leaving sticky lacing. The aroma is strong booze and dark fruit. Thin mouth, sweet honey malt, strong booze, candy sugar, really nice.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
valpoaj (742) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - NOV 28, 2015
Bottle aged for, well, quite a long time (> 5 years..possibly much longer). Enough noise when opening bottle to quell worries of it being massively oxidized. Pours black, minimal head, minimal carbonation, but not used motor oil. Aroma is, well, actually quite beautiful - tons of caramelized malt, toffee, booze, dark fruits...just very pleasant on the nose. Flavor is pretty impressive as well - similar to the aroma, the caramel flavor comes to the forefront with a ton of dark fruit flavor as well. The booze flavor is very evident, but it is incredibly smooth. Medium to heavy mouthfeel seems very appropriate. Ok, I admit, I should have tried this fresher, and now I want to see how it is fresh, because this was absolutely sublime with this much age on it (now I can admit it...this is probably from about 2007)

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
tysongillmore (362) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2015
I didn't take any extra notes when I tried this beer for the first time but I'm gonna try it again and update my comments. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ADfan (870) - Orange County, California, USA - OCT 5, 2015
The bottle pours a hazy amber color with a big head. The aroma is big with sweetness and some fruit like raisins and plums. Taste is more fruit and a big boozy taste. Long finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rumproasts (5324) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 3, 2015
2013 bottle. Deep ruby tinged amber with small head. Very sweet with caramel and raisin. Not nearly as harsh or boozy as I were expecting, though its still a sipper. Hops have either faded, or never were very prominent, but there are some citrus hops in the background. this is a nice solid barleywine that has aged well.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gerbeer (3561) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 10, 2015
12 oz bottle. Pours a reddish copper color with moderate head. Aromas of toffee, sweet malts, dried fruit and alcohol. Rich flavors of same but alcohol distracts. So are they saying this is a bad beer trying to be better steeped in figs?

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beechner224 (1024) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - AUG 9, 2015
Bottle to glass. Pours a dark red copper color, white head. Aroma is sweet, dark fruits. Taste is strong sweetness, dark fruits, smooth. Get some booziness, but not strong for the ABV. Really nice beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dhatton (241) - Mendham, New Jersey, USA - AUG 1, 2015
Pours a clear auburn body with limited head. Cloyingly sweet aroma of pipe tobacco, sweet bread, and fruit. Earthy taste accented by red delicious apples and chili pepper. Tingly astringent finish attempts to subdue the sweetness. Potent, but thoroughly enjoyable.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Savage_Night (434) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 23, 2015
Pours a hazy Amber/light brown with a small khaki head. Head retention is ok. AROMA: caramel, roasty, alcohol, herbs, earthy, slight raisin, bittersweet fruit, little pineapple, spice, hop bitterness and light citrus. TASTE: caramel, malty, alcohol, hop bitterness, spice, roasty, tropical fruit, light citrus, herbs, spruce, earthy, peppercorns, red wine acidic, cinnamon, clove, brown sugar and slight vinegar. AFTER TASTE: spice, cinnamon, hop bitterness, malty and brown sugar with a oily rich finish and boozy warmth all the way through.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SG111 (1671) - New York, USA - JUL 3, 2015
Bottled 10/27/14. Pours very clear orange ruby color. Very small ring of off white lacing on the outside. Very beautiful color. Aroma is (first and foremost) boozy, toffee, figs, dates, many sweet dark fruits, lots of candied sugar, and just a spot of citrus hops in the background to brighten this one up. Pretty much what youd expect from a DFH high abv barleywine. Flavor is boozy. Lots of alcohol, lots and lots of heat from that, toffee, vanilla, figs, again candied sugar. But so boozy. Its excellent but I think this one needs a few years on it. I would love to have this aged 2 years.


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