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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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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 (14078) - 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.

3.6
crossovert (13908) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2011
Big, malty, alcoholic, but after a few sips it mellows down a bit. A good extreme one.

3.8
BeerandBlues2 (13813) - 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.

3.8
Dogbrick (13760) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 29, 2011
One of those "I haven’t rated this?" beers. Pours a dark copper-honey color with a medium thin off-white head that diminishes quickly to a film. Spotty lacing on the glass. The aroma is somewhat boozy with caramel and ripe fruits. Rich body with flavors of caramel malt, citrus, slight hops and warming alcohol. The finish is nearly cloyingly sweet with a lingering malt aftertaste. Pretty good overall.

3.3
mR_fr0g (13492) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 26, 2017
Bottle shared at Bodney Road, 23/10/2017. Many thnaks to Kenny for this one. A nice hazed amber orange coloured pour with a halo of beige head. Aroma is mint, toffee, light oxidised. Flavour is composed of minty, toffee, nutty, jammy, strawberry jam, age. Palate is medium sweet, slightly oxidised. Chewy. . Mellow age. Little dusty.

4.1
bu11zeye (13215) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 26, 2004
(Bottle) Pours a cloudy orange color with an off-white head. Has an aroma of caramel and alcohol. Flavor is of alcohol and fruit.

3.9
hopdog (13102) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 6, 2017
How have I never rated this ... multiple times I have had this. This one from 2013 Vintage on tap at Capone’s. Poured a deep amber / orange color with a thin sized head. Caramel, some nuttiness, dark fruits, toasty, and some sugary sweetness. Aged not too bad.

3.2
j12601 (13099) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - NOV 3, 2009
Bottle from last year’s release. Pours a hazy crimson ruby brown with a medium yellowed white head that falls off quickly. Sweet old plum and prune, oxidized caramel. Sweet, apples, oxidized malt. Boozy finish with lots of long burning alcohol. Still too hot and tough to drink.

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slowrunner77 (12804) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 18, 2014
"VERY smooth. you can taste the dates and figs in the malty sweetness. almost no hops to speak of, and therefore not a very well balanced beer. More for the english style fans than west coast. strong, but smooth, as the 15% abv warms your belly. 11/11-pretty hot eight out of the gate, but nice already and ages very very well. 2013 even hotter. Their really good big bears seem to be going downhill."


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