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RATINGS: 1354   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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3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
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
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hotstuff (5077) - 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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
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. Ill rate this on what it tastes like now, but if I were rating this on potential, id probably give it 4-4.2 range.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
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?

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - OCT 18, 2005
12 oz bottle: Lighter orangey amber w/ a lasting off white head and big alcohol legs on the glass. Alcohol, white grapes, and more alcohol dominate the aroma. The alcohol is solventy like hair spray. Whiffs of toasty malt and black peppery scotch whiskey beyond the alcohol. There also seems to be a little woodyness, possibly from alcohol, and some hints of figs. Really well balanced for a big beer, but definitely malty. Some caramel, fruity ester flavors, a bit of citrusy hop at the malt dominant finish. Toasty malt comes through more mid palate beyond alcohol. Did I mention theres alcohol in this beer? Hints of woody fig which is in the lingering aftertaste along w/ the citrusy hop. Not as thick and syrupy as one might imagine, but definitely on the hot side. Lighter full body w/ a low level of carbonation. Id like to see this one a few degrees plato less on the fermentable scale as alcohol dominates the entire character of the beer. I also wish I had a couple extra for "burying" in the ground like the bottle suggests.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FlacoAlto (4176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 5, 2006
This is a brilliantly clear full copper color that is topped by a frothy, pale tan colored head. The aroma is quite sweet smelling with soft notes of orange, hints of mint, some sort of a funky note reminiscent of tropical fruit, and a bright herbal note. The aroma is nice, but for some reason is not all that inviting.

The taste is quite sweet with lots of fruit notes reminiscent of green raisins, dessert wine grapes, and hints of sweet plums. There is a fair amount of hopping here, but it plays second fiddle to the sweet malt. There is a light (at least relative to the malt) bitterness in the finish, which is preceded by a soft herbal hop flavor that accentuates the sweet fruity notes.

This is definitely has the characteristic flavors of Dogfish Heads other higher alcohol beers; the intense sweet malt and fruit character. This is pretty good, but seems to be missing a lot of complexity that would make this more fittingly a contemplative sipping brew that the alcohol level demands.

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