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RATINGS: 1340   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 450   ABV: 15%
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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mkade8883 (250) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 17, 2010
Beautiful deep red color. The nose is heavy with caramel. Very sweet, but in a really wonderful way. Lots of honey.

ljstephenson (250) - Enterprise, Alabama, USA - DEC 8, 2010
Reddish-amber pour with a thin, creamy head. Aroma is citrus and caramel with moderate hop. Flavor is very oily, vanilla and caramel strong alcohol. Finish is surprisingly sweet, strong malt, light bitterness, moderate alcohol.

amishcaravan (247) - Winona, Minnesota, USA - DEC 26, 2009
scent is strong with alcohol. almost smells like a mead. appearance reminds me of a cognac. thus is definately a sippwr

Cbuk1013 (247) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAY 6, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2014 Pours a copper color with a white head. I was surprised how light the color was compared to the taste. Smells of fruits, mostly peaches and alcohol. Strong at 15%. Taste of apricot and peach. The finish is sweet and fruity. I’m going to cellar a couple.

meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - DEC 2, 2004
With the greatness of DFH’s other huge beers I was excited to try this and picked up a few 12ozers. This poured a nice deep orange color with a huge frothy head that dropped quickly to a bubbly collar. There was decent lacing left in this as I drank it. HOLY SWEETNESS, the nose is strong with a fruity malt sweetness that almost completely dominates the smell. Even after warming the only other smell I could detect was the slightest hint of alcohol. Taste is much the same as the smell, extremely sweet with fruity malts a little too much so even. Slight earthy hop notes can be found as well, but the 15% sure stays hidden in this one. A nice slightly bitter finish is present to try and tame the sweetness. Olde School has a very full and rich mouthfeel that coats your mouth with sweetness. Insane drinkability for a 15% but the sweetness was starting to be a little much for me by the end of the glass. Overall an excellent barley wine from DFH, I will see what happens with the other bottles in a year or so.

Sancho (245) - Da Bronx, New York, USA - JAN 7, 2005
bottle from new beer.Bright Bronze/copper orange color, No head Fruity boozy Aroma . grapfruitness. Burning citrius flavor ,thick syurp body.Very good barley wine. gotta dig a hole and save one

JamesD (244) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - APR 10, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2007 Bottle. Pours a copper/orange color. Smells of malt and alcohol. Tastes more complex. Creamy mouthfeel with a strong flavor of yeast and bread. It is somewhat sweet. Not too much of a hop aroma or flavor. It isn’t really suited to my palate, but who knows, it might be to yours. Only one way to find out!

JanVittrup (243) - København V, DENMARK - JUN 2, 2009
Clear red, like lemonade. no head. Very fruity. Cranberry? Medium body, fizzy, prickly. Very bitter. A little sour hint. Good balance, a little on the alcohol side. Purchased in New York.

gottalottaibu (243) - charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAR 11, 2007
copper color with a very sweet aroma. very little head after the pour and quickly fades to nothing. taste is very sweet with raisons, plums and fades into a warming alcohol feel. not bad

beerlover82 (241) - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2011
Bought in a 4pack carryout batch from my local Italian restaurant.Quite pleasantly surprised they had it, as I’ve been chasing this one down for a while. Poured into snifter glass a dark cloudy amber-brown, with medium head, leaving a good trace of sticky lacing.Looks wonderful. Some fruits, nuts, and heavy alcohol aromas come through the nose big time. Good heavy use of malted barley. Right off the bat, I can tell this going to be a BIG beer. Heavy malts and booziness come through upon first sip. Little to almost no carbonation, which is a plus for the barley-wine style.Heavy body. This is most definitely a sipper. Makes an excellent after-dinner meal brew. Outstanding. But the high alcohol and heaviness of this limits the drinkability, as well as restricting it to only one, no more than two.

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