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RATINGS: 1343   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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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2 (12570) - 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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (12342) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 29, 2011
One of those "I havent 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcwattsrugger (12314) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 19, 2010
@CBC RareBeer Tour12oz bottle-pours a thin white head and gold color. Aroma is sweet medium malt-toffee, raisin. Taste is sweet medium malt-toffee, raisin, candy sugar, herbal hops bite, wood.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
crossovert (12002) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2011
Big, malty, alcoholic, but after a few sips it mellows down a bit. A good extreme one.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (11641) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 26, 2005
I found it a cross between a traditional barleywine and an American Pale. It is an attempt to improve on the roughness of American barleywines, and I think by Joev they did it. The smell of barleywine, although surprisingly pale colour. Some hops and barleywine not over the top. Tasty if you care somewhat for the style. I do I do.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madsberg (11634) - Sborg, DENMARK - SEP 11, 2004
Bottled: Golden coloured. Dusty. Beige small head. Sweetness, alcahol, malt and some spices in the aroma. Flavour is full of sweetness and alcahol. Some caramel notes. Is very sweet and somewhat unbalanced in the end. Thanks Jens for sharing.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (11026) - 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."

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daknole (10923) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 8, 2009
Bottle from Total Wine. A very nice reddish orange pour)slighty cloudy) Aroma is sweet with notes of banana bread, sweet malts and honey. Flavor has some muscadine grapes, slightly underripe peaches, wildflower honey and some dried orange peel. This is a fun beer and worthy of rating # 1400. Cheers.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (10901) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 13, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2003 This beer rocks! I was gonna save this bottle and open it a year from now. Hell, that's like giving a fat chick a box of chocolates and her promising to not eat it all for a year. Ain't gonna happen. To me, this excellent Barley Wine is a cross between a Belgian trippel, a hefeweizen and a Flemish sour. This ale is a slightly hazy, coppery orange hue. Medium-sized, creamy, off-white head. Mostly diminishing with cool lacework. Great aroma!! Warm alcohol up front with notes of Oak, citrus, fuzzy fruits, white raisins, dates, figs and buttermilk. Also huge notes of dry white wine. Along with the fruit and wine, caramel and butter seep slowly up one's nose. Regarding the flavor; I cannot imagine how good this Barley Wine would be with another year of aging. The flavor isn't quite "through the roof", but it's drilling quite a hole. Caramel, English toffee and tons of fuzzy fruits up front. Chardonnay, citrus fruit, apricots and lightly bitter herbs on the backside. This barley wine is excellently well-balanced and the very high ABV, though slightly evident, is fairly well hidden. Full-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Lengthy, tart, citrusy, herbal finish. Wow! I just burped... and a whole grapefruit just flew out of my mouth. Not an attractive picture, but you get the point. Not Your Father's Barley Wine! Underrated and highly recommended! Another great offering from a great brewery!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kp (10883) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2007 Name: Olde School
Date: 01/06/2007
Mode: Bottle
Source: Vintage Cellar, VA

cloudy orange, frothy white head, sweet and tart citrus fruit aroma, sweet malt flavor, lots of nice hop flavor and bitterness,

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.2/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **+/4
-------- /> Name: Olde School
Date: 03/29/2004
Mode: Bottle
Source: Vintage Cellar, VA
Vintage: 2004

pours into a rusty opaque nectar with just a wispy trace of a head, light sweet citrus aroma, rich malt flavor, initial wahming effect on the first sip but no aparant alcohol afterwords, nice fruity character, nice light bitter finish, hint of citrus, fruityness gets stronger as it warms, bitterness really takes a back seat, should age really well,
-------- /> Name: Olde School
Date: 08/02/2005
Vintage: 2004

opaque orange after adding a nice dose of sedement, thin off white head leaving very nice lace, mild sweet malty aroma, light and fruity malt flavor, nice hop character with mild bitterness, very deceptive, fruityness comes out really nice, more of an aprocot than a plum, aging nicely
-------- /> Name: Olde School
Date: 06/24/2006
Vintage: 2004

thining out a bit, still the nice apricot fruit flavor, a hint of alcohol, a bit of sugary sweetness

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.5/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **4
-------- /> Name: Olde School
Date: 11/18/2007
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewpub
Vintage: 2007

clear dark copper, fine beige head, hot sweet dark caramel malt aroma with lots of fruity character balanced by earthy hops, sweet malt flavor, lots of fruity character, caramel sweetness brings out the fruit, plenty of alcohol adds a hotness and light spicyness but does not overly detract from the overall character, good earthy bitterness adds balance and a light bitter finish but still allows the sweet fruity character to shine, wonderful young and could only get better with age,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 3.8/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **4


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