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RATINGS: 1358   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 450   ABV: 15%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheLevi4000 (63) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - OCT 27, 2013
Not really a fan of barley wines. This wasnt bad. Aroma was slightly malty with fig or dried fruit presence. Taste like a Belgium quad without the spices. Alcohol heat and presence is there, but for %15 its not over powering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brian.b (3) - - MAY 19, 2017 does not count
This beverage packs a punch. Tons of flavor and 15.1% alcohol, and you taste it all immediately. It has a hint of sour to it, but overall it's balanced fairly well and not overpowering on alcohol or sour. The first taste is an assault on your senses, but the smooth, boozy finish makes you wanna get assaulted again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gripweed57 (2134) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - MAY 5, 2017
12 ounce bottle. Pours a luminous copper color with a brief white head. Aroma is sweet toasted malt with a big boozy bouquet. Intensely bittersweet flavor with dried fruit and cognac notes. Warming alcohol hits you in the upper chest cavity, like a sucker punch. This is a real sipper. This is a bit young, so it should mellow and smooth out with some aging. Very well done. Buy three bottles; drink one and cellar the other two.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dorkenstein (524) - - MAY 2, 2017
Aromas of caramel, figs, sherry, alcohol, and pine tar. Taste is caramel, graham crackers,figs, pine tar on the finish. Strong alcohol warming in the chest.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
drjoeng (1204) - SINGAPORE - APR 29, 2017
15%ABV. Barleywine. Tapped out amber. 12SRM. Nose is boozy, brandy, figs, sweet sherry. Mouthfeel is boozy. Palate has honeyed figs, toasted grahams crackers, pie crusts. Some of the hops are resinous with woody finish. Finish is medium, scented wood and incense like.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wlajwl (6660) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - APR 23, 2017
Aroma is dark fruit, caramel malts and fruit/expected alcohol. The flavor is caramel malts, fruit/dark fruit, very mild nuttiness and an alcoholic/medium sweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
demannu (462) - New Jersey, USA - APR 10, 2017
Bottled 12/17/16. Think this will benefit from some more time aging. Will re-rate and add comments after revisiting in a couple more months.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Shag (2977) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAR 31, 2017
A copper color with a white head. The aroma contains some figs, toasted nuts, citrus, caramel, and toffee. The flavor is rather sweet with some caramel, molasses, figs, toffee, and some earthy notes. Some alcohol can be detected in the finish but expected at this ABV. Overall a very nice English style barleywine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dfinney23 (3199) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 27, 2017
Very boozy. Oddly not a lot of flavor. Nothing objectionable, just weirdly doesnt seem to taste like much of anything.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nephilium (1789) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 25, 2017
Boozy dark fruit aroma, pours a hazy reddish-amber with a thin light tan head. Big bold flavor, with enough alcohol to let you know its there. Slightly sweet flavor, with the fruit notes coming through. A bit thinner body then I was expecting with this beer, but this is a fine sipping beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
tekstr1der (479) - New Hampshire, USA - MAR 18, 2017
Amber-mohagany pour with ring of tan. Aroma is mysterious with a syrupy malt seeming to be balanced by a strange bitterness. Wow that innocuous smell is deceiving, the flavor is full-blast with alcohol ruining it all. There are hints of various good tidings such as the sweetness of fig and date, as well as brown sugar. Unfortunately the booziness quality - almost whiskey-like, dominates and ruins for me. Ive had plenty of 11-13% brews where the alcohol is well-hidden and barely noticeable. At just a few percent higher this stuff unravels, and likely requires extensive aging.

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