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Fat Cat Old Bad Cat Barley Wine

Formerly brewed at Fat Cat Brewery
Style: Barley Wine
Nanaimo, Canada
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 114   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
2008: Aged in bourbon barrels. 11.5% abv
2007: Aged in Buffalo Trace barrels. 12% abv
2006: Aged in Buffalo Trace barrels. 12% abv
2005: Aged in bourbon barrels. 10.5% abv
2004: Aged seven months in wine barrels from the Okanagan. 12% abv

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JUN 24, 2005
Rich amber color with a thin head. Aromas of fruit and caramel. Taste is dominated by candi sugar, grape and funky cheese. Lively mouthfeel and super sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Malakin (469) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 29, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2006 Lots of interesting aroma and flavour in this one. There is a bit of tinnyness in the flavour which detracts from itís overall rating but itís good stuff. Rerate 2006-03-26. 2004 Vintage Itís mellowed out a bit but that faint tinnyness is still there.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sham (1844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 12, 2005
Ruby and mahogany with filmy white head and spotty lace. Vegetables and herb aromas. Doughy malts with some spicy and bitter hops. Bitter flavors with some caramel malts. Sweet fruits and earthy notes. Bitter, fruity finish with a tangy and spicy palate throughout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAR 9, 2005
Sampled bottled at Man Land, Portland
Amber color, nice head, light lacing. Nose of earthy malts, very light and refined with some light hoppy fruitiness, excellent. The flavor is vegetal & earthy with some gummy bear sweetness and light sherry aged qualities. Finishes tangy & sweet. Very nice barleywine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 8, 2005
Amber body with an off white head. Aroma is strong with caramel, winey, grape and slightly hoppy. The wine barrels from the okanagan give this a malty red wine taste like the red wines of the okanagan, thinner in body but nicely balanced with berry and plum flavour. Alcohol is hardly noticeable until teh very end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - MAR 7, 2005
From the bottle this brew pours a deep honey/amber with a fast falling off-white head. Honey and caramel hints throughout the sweet earthy malt body stand up well against the big hop balanced finish. This barleywine had really nice fruit tones that showed from the malts when it was warm, very smooth for 12 percent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - MAR 1, 2005
amber golden color, fairly clear. nice creamy tan head. surprisingly hoppy nose. faint vinuous notes. carbonation is fizzy, flavor is white grape, strawberry, and hoppy. very light port warmth in the finish and aftertaste. unbelievably well hidden alcohol. thanks egajdzis!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 1, 2005
Bottle: Clear orange-copper color with a small off-white head. Aroma: leather, cheese?, earth, alcohol soaked malt, grapes. Flavor: vanilla, alcohol, sugar-covered hops, berries, malt, and a meaty wood - similar to a red wine. The barrel aging adds to the flavor rather than take it over with burbon notes like too many others.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2005
Pours a clear amber. Aroma is a mild but somewhat odd earth and leather mixture. Flavor (a 180 from the aroma) was like sugar coated cascade hops. Sweet malt and citrusy hops. I had no idea this was 12% hides the alcohol very well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2005
Grapey/tannin aroma, lots of flowery hops as well. Super-Fruity Pebbles, Batman! Taste strawberries! pears! honeysuckle! Medium bodied fruit/caramel BW reminiscent of Old Foghorn (just a bit). Chuggable! None of this overdone, syrupy, bourbon crap--this is light, acidic, superb tart/sweet balance, slight wine-like warmth in aftertaste. 12%--no way!! Thoroughly impressive. THANK YOU, Eric!

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