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RATINGS: 1352   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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3.5
Mat42m (160) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - JUN 16, 2012
6/16 1:55 Very spicy aroma. Medium sweety with very hoppy and spicy finish. A very big beer. Too much for me but good for a barley wine.

4.2
davesarman (159) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2004
Sweet, syrupy aroma. Malt, honey, fruity, some hops too. Pours like the aroma, looks syrupy. Light copper color. Medium carbonation. MIld frothy head that thins out, but a little hangs around, which for a beer this strong is pretty good. Big and sturdy beer. Lots of malt sweetness. Some fruitiness in there as well. Hops are present, but not dominating as in some of Dogfish’s beers. Nice fruity presence from the dates and figs. Finish is warm and soothing. This is a 750 ml bottle, and I’m on my own with it! I hope I can make it to the bottom of the bottle before I hit the floor!

3.8
mackus2 (156) - Edison, New Jersey, USA - DEC 6, 2010
12 oz bottle 2010. Pours a deep ruby red/orange amber with minimal white head. Finishes almost like a red wine. Tart but sweet and a little juciy kind of fruit on the front. Aromas in the nose are candied fruit, warm dark alcohol. The alcohol isn’t too apparent in the body or the taste for being 15%.

4.5
biggenius29 (155) - Hamilton, Michigan, USA - JUL 19, 2007
Bottled on 10-16-06. Notes from 1-20-07. You can taste the alcohol. Very sweet caramel malt flavor, very bitter too. The hops are all in the bitterness, there is not much for the hop flavor.

4.3
Quetzalcoatl (153) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 13, 2004
Poured with almost no head. Body is a hazy amber. The aroma is faint, mostly malt that I can smell. No hint of the high ABV. The taste is very sweet…kinda fruity, figs and dates. Very thick and rich on the tongue, this coats the mouth on the way down. Although the alcohol is noticeable, it hardly seems like 15%. Overall very good stuff, gonna cellar a bottle of this for a while. Another winner from DFH.

3.6
phiconners (152) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 20, 2007
Pours thick, hazy orange/amber, with a thin but creamy head. Very strong and sweet flavor, some citrus notes. Alcohol comes through at the end. Good barleywine, but a little overpowering. Glad I tried it though.

4
RKanis (152) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 27, 2009
Pours a very pretty orangish pink color with no head to speak of. Aroma is very sweet of figs and alcohol. Taste is very sweet with a pleasant alcohol burn. This one’s a sipper. Very good.

3.4
MillStreetMan (152) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 7, 2005
The initial nose on this one is like cheap women’s perfume, but once it warmed up, it mellowed out and was quite pleasant. It’s a rich, golden colour that almost looks like burnt caramel in a glass. The flavour was deliciously rich, packed with sweetness and fruit. If there is a complaint to be made, it’s that the flavour, while excellent, feels like it’s holding back that extra bit that would push it over the top. As well, the finish is a bit quick, leaving only the taste of alcohol nearly as quickly as the beer is swallowed. A good attempt nevertheless.

3.9
vodka4blood (152) - Miltonboro, Vermont, USA - MAY 30, 2017
Much aged raisin and figs all around, alcohol potency just too high to be completely hidden, but still very smooth despite this.... My bottle was from 10/27/2014, and all I got to say is that guy under me was almost right: since this beer is sold as a 4-pack, you really have no choice but to drink 1 bottle w/ hearty supper & a second w/ Death by Dessert (possibly sharing these w/ special companion?), then cellaring the other 2 as he stated. At least thats what I would have done if my wifey was able to drink strong beers!

3.9
shroud0fdoom (151) - Maryland, USA - NOV 5, 2013
*12 oz. bottle* Look: Dark copper body, 1/2 finger had that turned to a lacing around my glass. Smell: Sugar coated plums, alcohol, toasted bread, berries, mild citrus, hint of spice. Taste: Brown sugar, sweet toasted malts, hint of dates, berries, alcohol, dry slight bitter finish. Feel: Medium-full body, active carbonation. Overall: Incredibly well balanced for it being 15% abv. I can say this isn’t my favorite Barley Wine, yet it is close. This could use some aging to allow all the flavors to mature. It is a little hot for fresh consumption but it still is balanced. This brew is worthy.


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