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RATINGS: 1358   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
estover (84) - Valencia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2015
A hint of sweetness up front followed by a wonderful dark malt. with just a hint of burn from the 15%.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dnlsartin (80) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 19, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2009 Brilliant, cloudy, orange appearance. Medium body. Aroma of apricots, molasses, and window cleaner. Tastes of citrus, apple, raisin, oak, and whiskey. Finish is a bit sharp, green maybe. Wouldve probably been smoother with some age.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Slimbrundage (80) - USA - NOV 10, 2010
Golden orange. Super fruity nose, apricot, peach, cherry, maple syrup and sweet caramel malt. Full bodied. Theres some real heat here and it kind of dominates the flavor to the point where I cant pick up much (or rather define what I pick up). The finnish is bitter and warm. This is deffinately a beer for aging, there is a lot going on but its just not focused at this point. Im sure with a year on it it will be amazing.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Merrill (79) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 7, 2009
Bottle. From Kenwood, usually. Caramel and witchhazel, old pine bark and snakepit. Flavor is pine tar, Emmies arse, and liniment. Man, oh man! Sammy really got me this time! I gotta take his advice...

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
dfox670 (75) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 2, 2010
12oz bottle aged since 2008 pour is amber/dark orange two inches of light tan head with little to no lacing. Nose is figs,dates,molasses and lots of malt. Taste is figs,dates,molasses and a ever so slight hint of peach/apricots has a nice warming affect in the finish but not too much for being such a high ABV brew,it conceals it well. I love this brew picked up a case and spilt it with a fellow beer geek i know. But this bottle was from capones.CAPS off to DFH

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DougHnut70 (72) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 13, 2013
On tap @ Tap 25 in Livermore during SF Beer Week. Hazy orange, white head, nice looking beer for a barleywine. Taste is all fruity sweetness (dates, figs) and a little earthiness. Not enough hops and too sweet for me, but thinner than you imagine and hard to believe it is 15% ABV.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Toadvine (72) - Arizona, USA - FEB 15, 2013
12 oz bottle from AJ's on Camelback. 2012 vintage. Pours a rich, clear brown with virtually no head. Aroma is sweet and boozy, with a good amount of figs and dates. Taste is also sweet and boozy. Overall this is similar to 120 Minute, but the aroma and taste is much more complex and balanced.

3.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wj94 (69) - Virginia, USA - DEC 4, 2007
Long-time lurking, this is my first rating.....wow, this one is incredibly strong. Drank this at room temperature. Needs to be aged I think. Even though its 15%, Ive tasted several beers with the same alcohol level that hid the alcoholic sting much better. Long finish on the tongue, taste really stays with you. Vanilla, peach, orange flavors with a syrupy palate. Great beer 12 months from now? Either way, itll put you under the table for a while.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
meisterbrauMHB (69) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - APR 25, 2009
Shared this with CBlado. Pours a cloudy, honey amber with a thin head. Hoppy, floral scent. Being my first barley wine, I didnt know what to expect. First taste is a blend of choice hops, then you begin to taste and feel the subtle alcohol. End notes are warming and not bitter. One to enjoy on a damp, cold night. Thanks CB!

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bootsjohn (68) - Texas, USA - APR 17, 2012
Pours dark, rich amber from 12 oz. 2011 bottle. Thin, khaki head dissipates in middle, leaving a ring around the snifter. Smell is toffee, jammy orange, vanilla, alcohol. Taste is in my face; immediate booze from 15% backed by caramel, cereal, vanilla, brown sugar. Quite a tasty brew. Wonderful full body to complement the big flavor profile. Would like a few more 2011s (or older) to see how age treats them.


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