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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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3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
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
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
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. Theres plenty of alcohol in the finish, but its 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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
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.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HenryXXX (204) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 18, 2012
Tge nose has hints of raisin, fig, molases. Has raisin, date, a little oak. Has a hiof sweetness with enough bitterness to balance it. A very complex beer

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
hoplover406 (204) - Crofton, Maryland, USA - MAR 28, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2008 On tap @ Dogfish brewpub in Rehoboth, DE. Maybe its just me, and it very well could be because I dont know s**t about Barleywines, but this stuff was not good at all. Tasted like a shot of vodka. I know its 15% but I thought I was drinking 80 proof. First and foremost was the alcohol taste and smell....and then there was not much else. Maybe I wrecked my pallate from several previous Randalized 90 minutes. Sad to say that im not at all impressed with this one.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
surffisher (198) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 20, 2008
12 oz bottle, 2008 vintage. Pours clear reddish-copper, with a dense, sticky short-lived head which can be rejuvenated by swirling. Aroma is floral sweet with fruit (prune, raisin) and some brandy-ish booze (but not overwhelmingly). Similar flavor profile - heavy on the sweet malty and fruity notes at the very start, but that is quickly blasted out by the alcohol, which leaves me with a cough medicine vibe. Medium full bodied and syrupy, but hot. A really promising brew (no surprise from Dogfish Head) that needs a couple years to sit.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rateyourpoison (198) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2011
12oz btl thanks to Funkybrewster. Pours a nice copper with a thin white head. Aroma of candied sweetness, dark fruit, toffee and alcohol. Sweet and sugary on the palate, not unpleasantly though. Thick and rich with the 12% noticable. A good barley wine toffee, pit fruit, and booze. Curious to taste and older one of these.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
luv2brew (196) - Chesterfield, Virginia, USA - DEC 26, 2007
sweet orange aroma. I do think this is really green, so i will let the rest age for a few years. It is one of the sweetest beers that i have ever had. I like barley wine, but this isnt malty enough but has a sweetness from another source.


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