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Fat Cat Old Bad Cat Barley Wine

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

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RATINGS: 112   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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


2.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
piscator34 (1946) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 6, 2010
Bottled sample, 2005 edition. Pale amber in colour with moderate carbonation. Aromas are of grainy malts, a bit of vanilla, and a hint of sherry (oxidation).In the mouth things go all wrong, with loads of lacitic sourness. Very odd that a beer that looked and smelled so nice, had such a gross flavor, even when taking its age into consideration.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 3, 2010
Bottle, 2008 (in NZ). Looks great in the glass, with rich caramel on the nose. A creamy palate. The malt is grainy for me, with apple, vanilla and oak. Just a bit OTT to me.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 2, 2010
02/02/2010. 650ml bottle, 2008 version, courtesy of TheGrandmaster. Nice warming rose-gold barleywine with hops trying to squeeze out... just a little cloying and bursting with fragrant alcohol notes to wax lyrical about. Oaky finish. Would be better shared between four than two.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (4637) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 5, 2009
Bottle: Poured a deep clear copper color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and good lacing. Aroma of vanilla a bourbon with deep rich sweet malt. Taste is quite dominated by loads of sweet caramel malt with dry raisins and loads of vanilla from th bourbon. Body is slightly fuller then average with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol which is surprising considering the bourbon is so present. Well done thought the barrel aging takes too much spaces and it is sometime hard to taste the base beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
skortila (4424) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - OCT 26, 2009
Bottle@UDRM. Tnx JBrus! Aroma has fruit, malts. My note says porridge. But I forgot what I meant with it. Hazy, orange coloured beer with an off-white, thin head. The taste is sweet, has brandy, piney hops and caramel malts. Quite a heavy finish, this beer has.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
caesar (4893) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - OCT 16, 2009
Bottled. Clear orange color, short head. Aroma of malt, bit hop. Very malty and hoppy taste, bit alcohol.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ober (2807) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - OCT 16, 2009
Bottle @ tasting by jbrus. a clear dark golden colored beer, with a beige head. It disappears quickly. The aroma of malts with fruits and hop bitter in the back. The taste is very malty. It has fruits like apples with some vanilla. There is hop bitterness with some spices. Flavors of alcohoil in the back. The aftertaste is warm, with bitterness and some sweets.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - OCT 14, 2009
Bottle@UDRM. Very malty and apple aroma. Cloudy, dry/amber colour, off-white head, good lace. Very malty, wood, bitter, some grass. Sticky, dry finish, very alcoholic. Very nice but hard too finish a whole bottle.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
redlight (2316) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 10, 2009
Alcohol and caramel malts on the nose. Pours amber orange. Bourbon and oak, vanilla with sweet malts, caramalized sugars, very smooth, very malty, a little hot in the finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrRoss (646) - Delta, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 16, 2009
Once past the cheesy Hanna Barbara-inspired label graphics, this wasn’t bad. It poured a darkish copper colour, and was somewhat cloudy. The tan coloured head was on the small side but did produce some decent lacing. Aroma was of spices and also malt, with some coffee lurking in the background. Taste was chiefly of maly and coffee, with the spices being a bit overwhelmed by these first two. Mouthfeel and aftertaste were not unpleasant. Not a bad beer. I was unaware of the high ABV until I took a closer look at the label; it didn’t taste like a 10.5%.


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