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RATINGS: 1348   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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2.2
brokensail (16645) - Dublin, California, USA - APR 14, 2012
The pour is a slightly cloudy amber color with a finger of off-white head. Pretty brutal aroma. A bit of rubber cement and rubbing alcohol. There’s a little bit of candied citrus in there and some caramel. The flavor isn’t quite as brutal as the aroma...at first anyway. Lots of booze, some rubbing alcohol, and more booze. Caramel and citrus flavors are also present, but they give way to the less desirable ones as it warms.

3.7
Ferris (16499) - 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.

2.7
MiP (15973) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - OCT 15, 2010
Bottle, 15%. Vinous and alcoholic aroma, some paint thinner. Almost clear dark amber colour. The flavour is extremely sugary, quite vinous. Has some brandy as well. Sweet vanilla. Not so balanced.

3.9
bhensonb (15756) - 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.

3.6
Scopey (15704) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 23, 2017
Bottle at LKS. Vintage bottle - 2005. Thanks to Ken. It pours hazy warming amber - brown with a small beige head. The aroma is rich, oily, meaty, brown bread, leather, musty, toffee, burnt caramel, oily and cake. The taste is bitter, oily, slick, meaty, heavy sweet, honeycomb, slick, banana bread, spice, wood, dried fruits, fruit cake, brown sugar, light alcohol and banana split with a sweet, oily finish. Full body and fine carbonation. Aged, but still enjoyable.

3.9
djd07 (15544) - 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.

2.3
Ratman197 (15360) - 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 (15237) - 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.

3.6
Theis (15151) - 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
Tmoney99 (14968) - 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.


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