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RATINGS: 1351   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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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
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.

3.2
Hartung32 (252) - Indiana, USA - FEB 3, 2014
I haven't had many Barley Wines, but I have had better. Too sweet for me; would like to see it with some age on it. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
Ray1975 (251) - Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, USA - JUL 8, 2005
Poured a redish amber color with a medium size head.. Aroma wias very sweet malt with some floral and citrus hops. Flavor was very sweet.. Almost too sweet.. It also had some citrus hop flavor with a alcohol bite in the finish. Thick mouthfeel with good carbonation.

3.9
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.

4.1
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.

3.8
Cbuk1013 (248) - 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.

4.2
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

3.2
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.

3.9
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


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