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RATINGS: 1362   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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3.5
Sammy (12195) - 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
JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JAN 4, 2003
Pours nearly flat. It has a hazy amber color w/ a thick feel on the tongue & a sweet finish. Definitely taste the malt & perhaps some honey-like flavor. Nice, but not great.

3.4
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 20, 2003
hazy orangey brown colour, off white head. sweet, fruity aroma of raisin and fig with some hoppy notes. a nice beer, but a very sweet and soft example for the style and abv, not as big or complex as I was expecting

3.4
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JAN 24, 2004
Pours a deep blonde with a quickly diddipating white fluffy head. Smells of figs and raisins. This is 15%??? Does not taste anywhere near that. Very little hop aroma or flavor. No roastiness to balance the sweetness that Marris Otter provides either. With that malt a beer has to be balanced to not become cloyingly sweet. Either roastiness, as in Fuller's Vintage Ales, or hops, as in Young's London Special Ale. This is good but becomes very cloying as it reaches room temp. and it certainly does not compare well with DFH's other super strong beers.

3.4
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - MAR 18, 2004
Copper colored with a small head Nose is malty with a hint of alcohol. Taste is fruity (you can really tastethe dates) and sweet, almost no carbonation.

3.4
hotstuff (5158) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 19, 2004
Bottle. A small sized creamy and smooth white head with fine-medium sized bubbles that quickly dissipated. The body was carbonated and slightly hazy with an orange hue. The nose was hoppy, sweet and fruity. The flavor was alcohol, sugar, tart, tangy and hoppy. The mouthfeel was tingly and the lacing was fair.

3.4
Sham (1844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 20, 2004
Golden pour with a light head. No lacing really. Aroma of grapes and alcohol. Some caramel. Sweet malts that are balanced nicely. Alcohol is not too overpowering either.

3.4
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - MAY 13, 2004
Pours cloudy orange with little head. Aroma is fruity and alcoholic. Mouthfeel is prety thin. Alcohol burn with a somewhat cloying sweetness. Lingering alcohol in the finish. Fruity. Decent but lacking against the best barleywines.

3.4
igneous1 (1535) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - JUN 24, 2004
medium golden color, no head to speak of, aroma has a sharp alcohol burn, but is loaded with buttery toffee malts, and i mean LOADED! Flavor has even more toffee maltiness, but i have to say the alcohol burn of this is quite intense and not at all masked. I’ll rate this on what it tastes like now, but if I were rating this on potential, i’d probably give it 4-4.2 range.

3.4
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 9, 2004
A little too sweet for my taste, but still a good brew. Made that Bond game a little more enjoyable. Is that enough words to allow this review?


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