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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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3.7
Shakesbeere (219) - Oxford, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 26, 2009
Aroma of oak, honey, fig, and alcohol -- a bit like a mead. Flavor is sweet -- definite characters of honey, dark fruit, and alcohol. Part of the flavor has a slight semblance of something near to ginger licorice. Pretty good, but feels a little too strong, though it masks how truly strong it is well.

3.6
vlan1 (219) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 27, 2014
Pours a light amber color with a moderate beige head. Nose is caramel and fruit. Taste is prodominately caramel and dark fruit with a definite noticable alcohol burn on the back end.

3.9
bobbypaulson (217) - Fergus Falls, Minnesota, USA - JUN 10, 2009
A very unique barley wine. Pours a murky dark orange ad a nice gray head with smells of dried fruits and oranges. Flavor is sweet due to the dried fruits but end is balanced with a sour tart warming due to the high alcohol.

3.8
stumpyiliz (217) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 11, 2012
Overwhelming boozy nose with pears, figs and a light grape. Initial taste is sweet and full bodied. Lots of dried tree fruit flavors. An interesting beer i wish i had started a vertical on five years ago.

3.2
lukin013 (215) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 20, 2006
Fresh ’06 bottle... perhaps I should have followed the directions and buried it for a year. At first taste I thought it may be a drain pour, but after letting it warm up for a VERY long time it was drinkable. Aroma is fairly nice with apricots, raisins and molasses... smells a little like apricot syrup I like on my pancakes... except slightly acidic and very alcoholic. Taste is almost undiscernable over the incredibly strong alcoholic kick... I think there’s some apricot, molasses, vanilla, and oak flavors in there but I’m almost choking from the alcohol burn... hopefully my other bottle mellows out in a year or two.

3.6
Driftwood6 (214) - USA - FEB 17, 2008
On tap at Map Room, Chicago. Hide the alcohol well, but not overly complex. Kind of a sweet caramel, almost fruity flavor. Just was looking for a little more complexity from a 15% barleywine.

3.7
beerandrugby (210) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 9, 2005
bottle. poured orange with a very small white head. immense round malt flavor, very bready, very warm and sweet. Very nice mouthfeel. The fruit aspects of this brew were prevalent on the malt, to me it seemed lightly hopped to give it some balance. alcohol was barely present on the palate...a very warming beer.

4.5
mullet2007 (209) - St. Johns, Newfoundland, CANADA - FEB 4, 2010
Received in trade back in May/June 2008 sometimes thanks to dchmela! Not actually buried, but has been stored in a cool dark place since then. Bottle says bottled in 2007. Pours a beautiful deep amber to red color. No head to speak of and a little bit cloudy, but still gorgeous to look at. Nose is very powerful. Lots of dark fruits, and a little bit of cloves and some other spices. Very complex, lots going on in there, and it smells fantastic. In the mouth, plenty of malts coming out. Flavor has more malty flavors than in the nose. Caramel, butterscotch, and some other roasty notes. Some other nice flavors there too, again, some dark fruits, some more spices. There’s plenty of alcohol in the finish, but it’s not overpowering in any way. Mouthfeel is very thick, creamy, and a little bit oily. Very well balanced beer, and fantastic for being over 2 years old. Absolutely wonderful beer.

4.2
tobias (208) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - MAY 11, 2004
fruity, sweet aroma with little head. very thick and syrupy. tastes of figs and raisins and apples, with a nice warms alcohol sensation. i love this beer.

3.8
metalhead0043 (207) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 31, 2013
On tap at Triangle Wine Co. Pours clear amber with a white head. Aroma is raisins, bready, a little malty as well. Taste is similar but with a little vanilla, syrupy, a little hoppy and pretty sweet with a nice alcohol burn at the end. Body is thick, heavy and oily. This is a huge, complex barleywine with lots of flavors and is very strong. I like this quite a bit.


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