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RATINGS: 1359   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
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 30, 2007
Bottle at home (Thanks Puzzl for the trade) - shared with Mette. Cloudy red/brown - white head. High sweetness, raisins, plums, dates, figs, candy, vingummi, light light hoppy, light light dusty and ashes aroma, wineous. Dry finish. Powerfull. 15% ABV is very well hidden.

3.9
bhensonb (15096) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 3, 2006
Chartreuse cap. Bottle 10/16/06, but who can wait. Aroma of malt, resiny hop, and alcohol. Actually a bit phenolic. Brilliant color of ripe apricot flesh. No head. Full body. Sweet, but starts like medium fruit rather than malt. Alcohol and malt go along, and between them tend to dominate the hop. Some bitterness shows up in the finish, but it’s more like a hint of oak rather than pine or citrus.

3.7
Ferris (15020) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 18, 2014
Draft - Vinous and acetone with some crazy sugary sweetness. Clear copper with a thin beige head. Caramel crazy sweetness with a nice bit of booze. Vinous and as it sits and you drink it, it gets better. Maybe the huge ABV gets you drunk so it tastes better? Bad start, nice finish.

2.3
Ratman197 (14698) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 31, 2005
What a disapointment! This has nothing I expect in a barleywine except big alcohol. Pale gold color, subdude nose, and very light flavor. One of the worst Dogfish beers ive had. Come on Sam you can do better than this.

2.2
DSG (14685) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JAN 9, 2015
Bottle sample at a tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Thanks Amit. Clear deep golden-copper. Aroma of malt, some dark fruits and lots of alcohol. Sweet and very boozy flavor, malty and fruity with a slightly bitterish finish. Boozy mouthfeel. Hard to drink.

3.9
Tmoney99 (14381) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2006
Bottle. Poured hazy copper color with a large frothy light brown head that was mostly lasting with very good lacing. Moderate fruity, yeast and alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a sticky texture and soft carbonation. Heavy complex fruity balanced flavor with a heavy bittersweet finish of long duration. This is a standout beer.

3.9
djd07 (14369) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 2, 2015
Bottle. Pours a cloudy orange with medium off white head that lasts leaving sticky lacing. The aroma is strong booze and dark fruit. Thin mouth, sweet honey malt, strong booze, candy sugar, really nice.

4
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 3, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2004 Hazy amber with off-white head. Aroma is sweet, cherry, some grapefruit. Taste is sweet, grapefruit, cherry, some date. Full bodied, but as with many DFH beers, you'd never guess there's near as much alcohol here as there actually is. And also in typical DFH fashion, this beer is not typical for style, and tastes great anyway.

3.5
Drake (13654) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 30, 2008
2007 bottle courtesy of ucusty. Thanks! Pours a hazy browish red with minimal head. Huge boozy rubbing alcohol in the nose with some brown sugar and fruity notes. Taste is booze, molasses, brown sugar, woody hops, raisin and citrus. Thick bodied and quite the undertaking.

3.8
BeerandBlues2 (13214) - Escondido, California, USA - NOV 22, 2005
Bottle from 01/2004. Pours cloudy orange straw with a tiny fizzy off-white to light tan film and some lined lacing. Fruit sweet hop (apple, grape, peach) and caramel malt (cookie, meal) aroma, some yeast (bread) and faint alcohol and citrus notes. Heavily bitter, acidic start, hop and sweet caramel malt flavor that finishes dry and acidic with notes of candy, grass and straw. Full bodied and warm smooth syrupy palate.


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