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RATINGS: 1362   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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3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2014
12 oz bottle into a tasting snifter. A: Pours a clear reddish copper color. While the off-white colored head isn’t turribly impressive, it does have a bit of duration which almost belies its gravity. Not much lacing either. It does leave alcohol legs behind, though. S: Dark. Fruit. Overload. Of course, being brewed with dark fruits helps - in this case, it already amplifies what the dominant note should be. While there are alcoholic traces for sure, especially once it warms up slightly, you can’t really tell it’s 15% at all. Also upon opening up, it develops a subtle yet prevalent bread aroma. T: Immediately, sweetness hits the tongue. Dark fruits and caramel give way to a sour middle - not sour as in "wild ale", but sour as in "musty and leathery". And is it ever leathery. Boozy, but hey, it’s 15%. Honestly, the presence of alcohol here doesn’t bother me as much as it did in, say, Palo Santo Marron. Past its alcoholic finish lies strong tones of vanillin sweetness; had there been any sort of oaky presence, you could have almost fooled me into thinking this was barrel-aged. While it’s damn enjoyable, it’s a bit too reliant on brute force and heavy handed sweetness to be a world beater. M: Super soft, super creamy, which is exactly what is demanded. I could use a touch more body to help conceal the alcohol better. The finish is super, ultra, mega, uber sticky, and this does create a slightly less harsh feel. In fact, it’s actually un-impossible to drink given its sweet and boozy nature. Still, drinking a bottle of this solo would turn into a chore. O: It has the general profile of an English-style barleywine...but the bigness and brute force of a ’Merican one. Having said that, this is one of DFH’s better offerings, and obviously a great aging candidate. Even fresh, the booze is hidden relatively well. Relatively. If I ever buy this again, down in the ground they go.


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kevinator (2205) - The Colony, Texas, USA - JUL 10, 2017
Really big beer that drinks deceptively easy. Aromas of fig, booze, soft malt and other dark fruits. Beautiful color and a small color. Smooth and weighty.

3.8
Thisis12ptfont (1191) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - JUL 6, 2017
Aromas of brown sugar, dark fruits, apricot juice, candied caramel, odd yeast,sugared plums, figs and aged malts. Pours deep crimson/copper with an extremely thin foam and no lacing. Taste brings extremely sweet malts, sugared tangerine, figs, dates, raisins, plums and alcohol sugars upfront. Mid palate offers caramel, brown sugar, toffee, sugar coated caramel, apricot and vanilla. Finishes extremely sweet with tons of dark fruits, deep malt funk, molasses and amber malts. Overall, this is unique yet, overly sweet with lots of booze to it. B+ rating

4.2
rkwhitehouse (11) - - JUL 5, 2017
Bought at mcscrooges. $24.99 for 32oz. Picked from a list, tried, growler tender states very good. Drank July 4-5 2017 ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
oobawa (1400) - Tennessee, USA - JUN 19, 2017
Hoo boy. Quite a beast we’ve got here, a barleywine’s barleywine, big and boozy with a mean hoppy streak only surpassed by the malt tsunami on the pint’s front end. Loads of caramel and honey and fig, whisky and cherry and mild candied orange, pepper and gunpowder and bad intentions. Grows brutally bitter on the finish, and the alcohol warmth only accentuates how badly this beer wants to be grain alcohol. Giant honey-caramel aroma, and the pour comes out a lovely red-brown with a slight head and little lacing. A bit too big for my tastes, but good split between a few friends.

4
BrewBrain (171) - Florida, USA - JUN 6, 2017
2016 bottle to chalice. Aroma of alcohol, sweet orange, almost Grand Marnier ish. Copper color. Dark citrus and dark dried fruits and caramel flavor. Warming alcohol. Moderate bitterness. Lightly carbed.

3.9
hopdog (12510) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 6, 2017
How have I never rated this ... multiple times I have had this. This one from 2013 Vintage on tap at Capone’s. Poured a deep amber / orange color with a thin sized head. Caramel, some nuttiness, dark fruits, toasty, and some sugary sweetness. Aged not too bad.

3.9
vodka4blood (152) - Miltonboro, Vermont, USA - MAY 30, 2017
Much aged raisin and figs all around, alcohol potency just too high to be completely hidden, but still very smooth despite this.... My bottle was from 10/27/2014, and all I got to say is that guy under me was almost right: since this beer is sold as a 4-pack, you really have no choice but to drink 1 bottle w/ hearty supper & a second w/ Death by Dessert (possibly sharing these w/ special companion?), then cellaring the other 2 as he stated. At least thats what I would have done if my wifey was able to drink strong beers!

3.7
brian.b (7) - - MAY 19, 2017 does not count
This beverage packs a punch. Tons of flavor and 15.1% alcohol, and you taste it all immediately. It has a hint of sour to it, but overall it's balanced fairly well and not overpowering on alcohol or sour. The first taste is an assault on your senses, but the smooth, boozy finish makes you wanna get assaulted again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
gripweed57 (2460) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - MAY 5, 2017
12 ounce bottle. Pours a luminous copper color with a brief white head. Aroma is sweet toasted malt with a big boozy bouquet. Intensely bittersweet flavor with dried fruit and cognac notes. Warming alcohol hits you in the upper chest cavity, like a sucker punch. This is a real sipper. This is a bit young, so it should mellow and smooth out with some aging. Very well done. Buy three bottles; drink one and cellar the other two.

3.8
Dorkenstein (542) - - 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.


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