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RATINGS: 1348   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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3.7
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 . . .

3.6
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. It’s 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, that’s 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.

4.3
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
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
b79turner (261) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - MAR 6, 2017
2016 12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. Reddish brown pour with a minimal white head. Nose is typical barleywine. Taste is same, pine & floral hops, very good. The alcohol burn is definitely there, but not too bad for 15% ABV.

4.1
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
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.

4
Ulfada (257) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 2, 2010
Pours a clear pale golden color similar to a light bourbon. Small light colored head, no lace. Light fruity aroma, reminds me slightly of wine. Tastes of fruit come through a not very malty medium body. Definite alcohol flavor at the end. Not overly sweet. A very well balanced barleywine with a touch of tartness. A great beer and at 15% easy to drink.

3.8
Cbuk1013 (255) - 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.


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