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RATINGS: 1341   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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3.7
jh773 (307) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 16, 2015
Bottled 10/24/14. Cloudy rust-orange with a bit of sediment; pours slightly effervescent with a paper-thin head. Smell is warm alcohol, rich caramel and sherry fruitiness. Taste is deep fruit, just a little on the sweet side, rich syrupy bourbon/sherry flavors with plenty of alcohol warmth. Fig/date character comes out as it warms in the glass. Slightly carbonated with a warm drying finish.

3.2
miyauchi38 (1096) - chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2015
Barley wine なんと15.4度 あ

3.4
Koskela (505) - Marysville, California, USA - APR 6, 2015
Sweet malty aromas mix with fig and fruit come from this cloudy red orange brew. A full body sweet figgy taste comes with the alcohol taste and burn mixes with the bitterness in the aftertaste. Not bad for a barley wine even though the color isn't what I expected.

3.9
mathieuc (4000) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 28, 2015
Pours a clear golden with a small white head that leaves good lacing. Nose is of light alcohol, figs and yellow fruits. Taste is of plum, caramel, lightly bitter and moderately boozy. Doesn’t drink like a 15% beer, more like 12%. lol Body is medium, carbonation light and mouthfeel a little sticky. Light alcohol warmth but still under control. Overall a fine sipper, better than expected.

4.2
Art (3219) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2015
Took me awhile to try this one. On tap at HOTB. Pours a deep reddish brown with just the slightest off white head. Aromas of caramel, big candied vanilla dark fruits. Almost Brandy like. Alcohol is in the aroma. Smells amazing. Tastes sweet and syrupy with little alcohol burn. Wow.

4.1
coachd (899) - Missouri, USA - MAR 15, 2015
Very strong aroma even from the tap. Lots of dark fruit, lots of alcohol. Taste is sweet up front, then bitter hops, then a substantial alcohol burn, then back to sweetness in the aftertaste. For 15%, you shouldn't be shocked at the booze flavor just embrace it. You're drinking a massive beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
bytemesis (8970) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 12, 2015
Bottle, 2011. Pours hazy burnt umber, small tan head, dissipates quickly, some lacing. Aroma is toffee, caramel, bread. Flavor is medium sweet, light plus bitter, vanilla, toffee. Medium body, a bit hot, but given the ABV I would say it is well hidden.

3.8
schwabtana (21) - Madison Heights, Michigan, USA - MAR 5, 2015
1/2 pint draught from Ale Mary's. Dangerous barley wine @ 15% abv. Sweet, Smooth, and addictive! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
jflopsu (1701) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 25, 2015
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2015 Aged from 2012 (drank in 2015). Pours a dark brown. Has a caramel and dark liquor aroma. Has a strong caramel taste with sweet liquorish and strong liquor taste.

3
VastActiv (7473) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 22, 2015
Tap at Stumbling Monk, Seattle. Colour is deep orange with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Fruits, dry fruits, alcohol and malts. Too boozy.


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