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RATINGS: 1354   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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2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mreeves (276) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - JAN 18, 2006
Reddish golden color with virtually no carbonation. Maybe this is a bit young, but theres not a lot of flavor here as far as I can tell. Im having a hard time really discerning much of anything. Just not real good.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OliverG (276) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 26, 2010
25-04-10: bouteille vieillie 2 ans. De couleur brune claire, elle nest que trs peu effervesente. Dgage de puissants armes dalcool laissant que trs peu de place aux autres armes tel que malt caramel et dates. Le vieillissement a quand mme permit cette bire de se complexifie lgrement et de rendre sa force dalcool moins tranchante. Les premires gorges passent difficilement vue le haut pourcentage dalcool de la bire, mais il est possible de lapprcier aprs quelques gorges. En bouche, elle est licoreuse et peut nous rappeler un jeune porto.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
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

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
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 . . .

3.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
omnivore (270) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 3, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2006 Re-rated: I brewed this beer three years ago. The only difference is that DFH filtered it. Its amazingly like a doubled triple golden. REALLY good. Very hearty. I must have had a bad batch the first time. --------&# original rating: The beer had a slight urea smell. Yeah, thats right. That, alone made me hesitant to drink it. The flavor, luckily, was only citrusy and tangy. Overall, it was not impressive. Dogfish Head has done better.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Weezel (270) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Zenwolf (269) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 15, 2011
Bottle. Wow! This was a fantastic brew. The 15% was so well masked by the deep dark rich fruits and sweet malts. This is perfect pitch balanced and very drinkable. This brew smacks in the face with the alcohol after a few sips as it sneaks up on you.. in a great way. Really enjoyed this fantastic brew.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - SEP 9, 2005
bottle thanks to footbalm for this one. pours a dark apricot color little white head aroma is very subtle caramel and malt. the taste is great, barley hops vanilla caramel. wow you can barly taste the alcohol. mouthfeel is very smooth and "round" on the toungue. this is awsome.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cfranz (261) - Acton, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 11, 2005
Whoah, this packs a wallop! Nice and sweet and smooth. Tastes of dried fruit - apricot and pineapple. Good to drink this, good to drink this. I forgot to put it into a snifter, what a snafu.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
chef201atc (261) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - MAY 27, 2007
Slightly cloudy amber pour, smallish off-white head that fades away to a thin layer. Nose is red licorice, a bit of candied fruit, and some rum notes. Palate is full with moderate actively carbonated. Flavor is nice the sweetness is offset by some hop bitterness.


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