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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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3.9
mfhennig (285) - McHenry County, Illinois, USA - FEB 12, 2016
Great color, aroma and flavor. Smooth, easy to drink. Probably the best barley wine I’ve had. Dogfish brews some truly great beer.

3.8
tcruicks (282) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JUL 9, 2006
Pretty good overall. But I think there is too much alcohol on the aroma which hides the sweet dark fruits more than I’d like. The dark fruits, vanilla and light caramel all show up in the flavor, along with some woody and peppery notes. Theres also this sweet/tangy apple flavor that comes out in the finish. Looks ok- light orange/peachy with some brown color with a small white bubbly head.

4.3
waltersrj (280) - Washington, USA - DEC 7, 2009
Thank you for making this DFH. This barleywine is wonderful. Pours a dark copper color with a smal off white head. Plums, spruce, figs, and dates run straight into your nose upon pouring. The taste is much the same with some hops, sweet malty barley, and a tad bit of cherry. The alcohol is apparent after downing this things and definitely warms you the entire time. It is pretty well hidden in the actual taste which is surprising for 15% abv. A great brew.

4.2
jkaiser (279) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 4, 2009
Great barley wine. Lots of action going on with this monsterous beer. This one will leave you feeling silly and a little cookey

4.1
DocHop (278) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 22, 2009
Pours a ruby amber with a small off-white head. Very nice aroma of caramel malts, brown sugar, toffee, and alcohol. Tastes like a fine cognac at room temperature with a huge caramel base and some strong candy sugary sweetness. Almost no hops. The heat of the alcohol lingers and swells with a diminishing sweetness on the tongue. A pleasure.

3.4
OliverG (276) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 26, 2010
25-04-10: bouteille vieillie 2 ans. De couleur brune claire, elle n’est que très peu effervesente. Dégage de puissants arômes d’alcool laissant que très peu de place aux autres arômes tel que malt caramel et dates. Le vieillissement a quand même permit à cette bière de se complexifiée légèrement et de rendre sa force d’alcool moins tranchante. Les premières gorgées passent difficilement vue le haut pourcentage d’alcool de la bière, mais il est possible de l’apprécier après quelques gorgées. En bouche, elle est licoreuse et peut nous rappeler un jeune porto.

2.8
mreeves (276) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - JAN 18, 2006
Reddish golden color with virtually no carbonation. Maybe this is a bit young, but there’s not a lot of flavor here as far as I can tell. I’m having a hard time really discerning much of anything. Just not real good.

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BazookaJoe (274) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 23, 2012
Aged 1 year in bottle. Pours dark orange with a boozy aroma. Taste is sweet but balanced which is good for a 15% beer! Excellent barley wine! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
Weezel (272) - Florida, USA - JUL 6, 2014
2012 bottle. Spicy rye on the nose. Taste is mellow figs, raisins, burnt sugar, toffee with a grape finish. Super chilled out after a little rest and the alcohol is very well hidden.

3.7
505 (271) - Echo Park, California, USA - JAN 11, 2007
Pours orangish, somewhat hazy, small off-white head. Aroma is of sweet malts, citrus, alcohol, and leather. Flavor is rather sweet (not overwhelming though), with a warm alcoholic finish. Not my favorite barley wine, pretty good though, have three more to try. What a beast . . .


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