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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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
paul9639 (116) - New Hampshire, USA - APR 10, 2005
My least favorite offering from Dogfish. The pour was thick and had very little head.The aroma was of alcohol and carmel, with a hint of dried fruit. The taste was sickly sweet with a strong alcohol overtone. If you let this beer get to room temperature, and you can distinguish it from turpentine, you are a better man than me. I will probably truy again to confirm my dislike.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
sallad (115) - USA - JAN 26, 2007
bottled 1/2003, tasted 1/26/07 Hazy copper-gold with thin fizzy head that almost immediately fades. Aromas of alcohol and pine wood, light smoke. Sweet candy malt, brown sugar under a tang of mildly cloying hops. Bitterness is light compared to the brown sugar and malt. Finish is warming alcohol with a coating sweetness.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gmcase (115) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 4, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2007 bottle. Ok I didnt age it. I think that may have concealed some of the alchohol more but .......... hey this is still quite enjoyable. Sweet spice flavors like a gingerbread cookie with hops that are tastey enough to make it worthwhile and a kick that will say .......where am I ?

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MHED (114) - lisle, USA - JUN 21, 2006
4 pack. Aged 1 year @58 deg. Poured well with a small creamy white head with rich golden color. Heavy mouthfeel, with sweet molasses and light caramel up front. Not as complex as I hoped. Tasted hints of vanilla, fuiIt, subtle bitterness, and an obvious alcohol presence. Finished clean.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bw1982 (113) - , Arizona, USA - AUG 1, 2010
Bottle. Pours a dark cloudy amber color. Lots of dried fruit aromas with a little bit of alcohol. Lots of sugar flavors and stewed fruit . . . very thick palate. Very complex beer, but a little bit sweet.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dwmiller16 (112) - Delaware, USA - DEC 23, 2012
Strong. Overwhelmingly strong. Beer aged for 1 year+ , hasn't mellowed out. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Doon (109) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 29, 2006
WOW! One of the best barley wines Ive had. Pours dark brown with little head. The flavor is amazing.! A relatively think and sweet taste with a citriusy finish. The alcohol was very well masked by the flavor...I wish we could get Dogfish in MO.. I found for $11.99/4pack in NJ. A+

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
knights97 (109) - Tennessee, USA - MAY 17, 2010
Absolutely loved this beer. Pours to a dark, big body and smells of sweet liquor but is well balanced. Has a sweet liquor taste mixed in with the malts and a hint of fig, really didnt taste the date in this but the alcohol is hid very well. Not overpowering like others. My favorite barley wine

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   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
Ando (105) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 5, 2008
*hated it! would never drink again* aroma: smells like dip! medicine! band aids! booze! and acetone! .. a headache. app: brown tan, normal.. flavor: AH! the pain, the gross gross pain! this a sip of hell. it has odd fruit flavors, bad booze, chemicals abound. this is misguided, unbalanced and mean. palate: if it matter.. to thin and bubbly for a bw. OA: this is over the top. i would rather sip a good whiskey. strange out of place fruit, bad candy malts, harsh and is going to be dumped in my sink. i love a good BW, this is NOT one.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thefrutigers (105) - , Arizona, USA - MAY 16, 2009
Bottle: Clear red pour with small head. Sweet alcoholic smell. Very similar flavor, but very nice. Very alcoholic sweet malty flaovor with fruity after flavors. I really enjoyed this one.


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