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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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Hartung32 (252) - Indiana, USA - FEB 3, 2014
I haven't had many Barley Wines, but I have had better. Too sweet for me; would like to see it with some age on it. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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miyauchi38 (1096) - chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2015
Barley wine なんと15.4度 あ

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yourilevesque (1829) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 7, 2015
Dégustée en compagnie de Cédrick. La bière est orange et un important dépôt solide qui tombe lourdement et bruyamment au fond de mon verre. Le liquide présente des notes fruitées. La datte ayant sucré le liquide de son sucre plutôt sec, j’y détecte des notes de cassonade brûlée et macérée dans l’alcool car disons-le, cette bière cache très mal l’alcool qui la constitue! La figue de son côté apporte une rondeur agréable au liquide et un corps sans lequel la bière aurait été imbuvable. Légère amertume en fin de bouche laissée par un apport apprécié en houblons, cette bière se doit d’être partagée et dégustée lentement, très lentement.

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ehaak26 (518) - - FEB 21, 2017
Bottle from Ian into a pint. Aroma is heavy with figs, malt, and some. Just too sweet for me.

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DavidWoodruff (619) - Windsor, California, USA - MAR 9, 2017
Deep amber with a small cream colored head. Aroma is nutty and a bit phenolic. Lots of raw almond flavor with a huge alcohol hit quickly followed by a surprising hop bitterness. Thought letting it warm up a bit would bring out more sweetness and malt complexity - but it was simple bitter and medicinal. The alcohol strength here need the balance of more unfermentables and less hops.

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dfinney23 (3269) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 27, 2017
Very boozy. Oddly not a lot of flavor. Nothing objectionable, just weirdly doesn’t seem to taste like much of anything.

3.1
PhillyBeer2112 (2850) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUN 9, 2003
I'm saddened to be disappointed by this one. 60-70 deg F in snifter. Copper color, fading head. Modest (?!) aroma of cigarette smoke, gunpowder, iron oxide, maybe urine. Intense malt presence, a tightly focused sweetish flavor, with a tingle around the tongue and alcohol peppering in the finish, lingering burn. Interestingly composed but full of flavors I'm not real fond of (more gunpowder, chalk, and soil).

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TChrome (1472) - North Richland Hills, Texas, USA - MAY 12, 2004
Beer pours lightly cloudy orange color with a big off white head that mostly dissipates. Aroma is highly alcoholic to the point I had trouble picking up other aromas. Flavor is better. Strong fruit flavors, some maltiness, but again a bit too much alcohol burn. Alcohol just is not hidden well enough for my taste. Will try again in a year or so.

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Sickboy282 (1114) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 1, 2004
Poured a hazy glden hue with a small white ehad. Aromas of sweetness and slight alcohol. Flavors were very sweet with a thick mouthfeel and the sweetness seemed to linger. Not much depth to this brew as I have grown to expected more from DFH brews.

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P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JAN 3, 2005
zach says its ugly and I agree. honey, syrupy nose, a bit of muscat grape flavor, butterscotch, late alc and whiskey, very warming and likely far too young.


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