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RATINGS: 1352   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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4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
edgallow (4640) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 13, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2012 750ml pours copper with reddish orange hues and a off-white head. Aroma is complex with hints of raisins, brown sugar, apple cider, honey, wood, toffee, and alcohol. Taste is sweet with sweet caramel upfront mixed with raisins, plums,figs, apples and honey.


4.2
balloonbuffoon (752) - - JAN 18, 2018
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2018 12floz bottle, BOD: 01.18.2017 (faint imprint on the neck), $5 single, large stem snifter type of glass. This is a murky, ruby colored beer that has small glistening beige head. Smells richly of dates with a boozy essence. A big, bad, bold beauty of a brew. It strikes with soft carbonation, low bitterness, restrained sweetness, and a buzzy alcohol feel/taste without being too hot. Flavor of note are dates/figs and honey-caramel. This is an example of an ultra high ABV beer that works. Imperial barleywine...

3.9
willisread (3811) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 14, 2018
Late 2016-Early 2017 bottle from Val-U aged for a year. Pours a pretty copper with a finger of off-white foam that lingers, then dissipates. Very fruit-forward nose: bright raspberry, plum and currant. Sweet on the palate without being cloying. Dried apricot, fig and more fresh plum, and apricot. Some raisin and currant as it warms. Finish is a bit warming but feels nowhere near 15%. Really solid.

4.1
allfreej (567) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 24, 2017
A January 2017 bottle after almost a year in the cellar. Tawny pour, light head, decent lacing. Nose is sweet malt, golden raisins, and old wood. Flavor is sweet malt up front with enough carbonation to balance things out. Little to no hop flavor or aroma. Finish has a hint of alcohol heat, but that’s only to be expected. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
Tide (4566) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 6, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2017 Draught at Beer Basement tasting. Copper color, white head. Bitter taste with citrus, resin, dried fruits, alcohol, pine and toffee. Bitter finish with citrus, dried fruits, resin, toffee, alcohol and pine. Good, but way too boozy.

3.7
eggburner (3) - - NOV 21, 2017 does not count
Amber color Pouring with a smaller foam head Aroma of alcohol first then of fruity cider Smooth and flavorful until you swallow then the alcohol burn hits the back of your throat. Good barely wine style but at 15% alcohol it’s a sipper. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
rami_pl (4816) - Warszawa, POLAND - NOV 6, 2017
Rami Rami is drinking an Olde School (2017) by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery at Chmielarnia Marszałkowska Chyba za swiezy troszke, ale fajny mimo to, te owoce dowaline czuc w smaku, slodkie, nieco syropowe, goryczka niemala. W sumie smaczne to, a bedzie imho lepiej

3.6
Mariox (412) - Warsaw, POLAND - NOV 4, 2017
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2017 W aromacie melasa, ciemne owoce, czyć słodowość, lekki karmel, ale dość mało intensywny aromat, alkohol się przebija. W smaku dość słodkie, goryczkowe, lekka kwasowość. Całkiem treściwe, alkohol mocno wyczuwalny na finiszu. Nie jest to ideał w stylu...

3.5
The_Osprey (9723) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 31, 2017
October 2017 - Bottle share in Hackney. Big thanks to Kenny. As 'Dogfish Head Olde School Barleywine', a mere 15%, 2005 vintage. Hazy orange, still, foamy off-white head. Aroma is orange and resin, also a little oxidised. Body is smooth, soft to low carbonation. Taste is sugary, some orange peel, rich malts, alcoholic finish. A little oxidation showing up in the middle. Hard to escape that at 12 years old but still very drinkable and an enjoyable beer. (6-4-7-3-15=3.5)

3.7
MrTipple (7004) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 29, 2017
Intense caramel, molasses, dark, sweet malts. Hazy born, no head. Heavy sweet. More caramel, sweet grain malts, molasses, soft carbonation, full bodied. Very nice Barley Wine, aged not too bad. Bottle shared at Leighton's - thanks to madmitch76!

3.3
mR_fr0g (14036) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 26, 2017
Bottle shared at Bodney Road, 23/10/2017. Many thnaks to Kenny for this one. A nice hazed amber orange coloured pour with a halo of beige head. Aroma is mint, toffee, light oxidised. Flavour is composed of minty, toffee, nutty, jammy, strawberry jam, age. Palate is medium sweet, slightly oxidised. Chewy. . Mellow age. Little dusty.


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