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RATINGS: 1341   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
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - OCT 23, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2014 Bottle: dark amber, almost maroon-like in color, cloudy & muddled with a small, off-white head that quickly reduces to a thin collar. Aroma is strong; dried, dark figs, raisins, plums, all soaked in alcohol. Boozy with sweet caramelized sugar all around. Taste is caramel & toffee malt up front, sticky & sweet with lots of figs, plums, & other dark fruits. Alcohol is very warming & very apparent. Hint of licorice in the back-end with some dry, ashy, & lightly floral hops leaving a bitter presence in the aftertaste along with brown sugar, toffee, & dates. Syrupy body, very thick. Not a bad barleywine at all, especially in the 4-pack format.

3.3
Terminus (3710) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 1, 2003
hmmm, something off here-way to sweet and definately not hoppy. appearance was definately not that great either

3.3
Oakes (18543) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 6, 2003
Blazing golden brown. You can tell by the colour that only pale malts were used, but I wouldn't have guessed Maris Otter. Light fruit note, with a little bit of toastiness. Sweet palate with alcohol burn coming through. Fading leafy hop on the left. Too simple to be a top-flight barley wine.

3.3
JCW (1278) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 19, 2003
Looks like a great beer. Amber colored, pours with large white head. Taste of figs, and twigs. Finish is terrible, very metallic and slightly acidic. I've got another bottle, I hope it improves with age, but I doubt it.

3.3
JPDIPSO (6262) - Wauwatosa, USA - JAN 5, 2004
Thick amber liquid with a smaller lid of cream colored bubbles. Light fruity notes, similar to a triple, a hint of floral soap as well. Sweet honey flavors. Raisins and overripe plums. Light alcohol in the finish along with a touch of gut warming. Too sweet and not much character.

3.3
EddieG (169) - Palos Heights, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2004
Alcohol overwhelms a bit and hte beer is somewhat oen dimension. Not a bad beer bu tnot thick and complex like most great barleywine. On the plus side, the beer initial flavor of sweet prunes and caramel last through the beer and make the beer pretty enjoyable

3.3
heykevin (1281) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - APR 5, 2004
Surprisingly pale golden. Light hops sweet, touch of figs. Surprisingly light on the tongue, but almost slick from the alcohol. Not a lot of hot alcohol, but its presence it felt rather than tasted. Clean and rather sterile. Not much flavor depth.

3.3
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - JUL 4, 2004
12oz Bottle Packaged 01/04 Poured a hazy orange glowing body with a thin film of white head. Wonderful fruits in the aroma are dampened by pure alcohol. Has a Belgian spiciness to the aroma as well. Body is creamy and effervescent at the same time which surprised me a bit. Flavor is weighted by alcohol which detracts here also. Some good dried fruit flavors and a sugary malt concoction is what should stand out here but is buried by alcohol. Overall would have been better at 10% or so.

3.3
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - NOV 9, 2004
Pours a golden brown....not much of a head. The colour has me thinking pale malts were used almost exclusively. Light fruit note, with a little bit of toastiness. Sweet palate with alcohol burn coming through. Hops are barely, and I mean barely detectable. Way at the other end of the barley wine taste spectrum from, say, Bigfoot. Thanks John for an interesting bwine...definitely not what I expected, but I’m glad to have tried it!!

3.3
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 11, 2005
Clear gold in color with a thin, splotchy head like algae on the surface of a swamp. Aroma is tart cherries, cotton candy, vanilla and cedar. Occasional wafts give a slight suggestion of the high ABV. Flavor consists of orange rinds, bubble gum, oak and vanilla. Creamy and smooth body, which was a pleasant surprise from the thin composure inferred by the appearance. Slightly dactylic and separated. Reminds me of Brooklyn’s 2004 Monster Ale, which I have cellared in hopes of making it a superstar; maybe Olde School needs to age as well? As it is – fresh - everything is moderately controlled and balanced, making this barley wine good, but not very special or dynamic.


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