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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


on tap


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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
redlight (2318) - 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.

   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%.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
manuchampions (1244) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 26, 2009
Bomber, 2007 Vintage. Nice off amber colour with small amount of lacing and very little carbonation. Big nose with caramel, dried fruit and vanilla evident. The beer certainly emerged as it sat and breathed. Complex layers of buttery, bready malts with a sharp but not overwhelming hop finish. Certainly got the woodiness in the lingering final note. Probably the single best beer I’ve had from this brewery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7507) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 18, 2009
Bomber, 2006 vintage. Poured bright medium orange with a short cap of eggshell head.. scattered lacing as it descended. The aroma opened and was strongly influenced the rest of the way by sour bourbon and oaky notes.. candied caramel and redder fruits behind.. as it breathes, vanilla and brown sugar emerge.. this really grew on me. The flavor had caramel and brown sugar at the core with dry, peppery bourbon and sour oak laced throughout.. honey, vanilla, and fruity sweetness showed on the back.. finished dry and warm with a tasty blend of maltage and barrel. Heavier-bodied with higher carbonation on the palate.. dry and spicy, but there was still plenty of sweetness around.. memorable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daknole (10840) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 12, 2009
Bottle from Sunshine and Oakes. Damn I cannot remember what year he said this was, maybe 2005? I think so. Man this is kick ass. Really damn good. Amber pour with a small white head. Aroma is loaded with honey, caramel, booze, and vanilla. Flavor is really great. Toffee, vanilla, wood and has a great mouthfeel. I am glad I got to try this!!!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Embrouille (2835) - SWITZERLAND - FEB 4, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2009 Bottled 650ml. Courtesy of DuffMan. Appearance: Beautiful hazy amber. Aroma: Oak, sherry, hops, caramel, apples and vanilla. Flavor and palate: Full bodied. Sweet. Syrupy. A lot of dried fruits, vanilla and sugar appearing. Bourbon characteristics. It reminds me a bit of rum. Overall impression: Definetely a good sipping beer. Thanks a lot DuffMan!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tomthompson89 (1976) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 15, 2009
amber color not much foam, nose is sweet fruit and booze, little cleaner smell too. Slick mouthfeel. some hops in there but not much sweet caremel malts . good beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
GodOfThunder (1249) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 28, 2008
Thanks SoLan! Pours a typical cloudy dark brown barleywine color. Huge kick in the balls from the alcohol. This is a big one. A lot of dried apricot and some butterscotch. Very sweet and rich. Smooth, thick and creamy on the palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 16, 2008
2007 vintage, courtesy SoLan. Pours a hazy, deep, glowing orange-amber color. Virtually no head or lacing. The aroma shows heavy toffee notes, along with caramel, graham cracker, and brown sugar. The bold maltiness is accentuated nicely by the oaky, vanilla laden bourbon. Some spicy, earthy hops and just a hint of citrus complete the nose. Flavors include German chocolate cake, toffee and caramel, along with lightly peppery, earthy hop notes and a nic soak of oaky, sour mash bourbon. Medium-full and smooth, almost creamy on the palate, the swallow leaves a lightly spicy bitterness. Not too alcoholic, despite the 12% ABV. This one was a nice surprise.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - OCT 13, 2008
Courtesy SoLan. 2007 bottle. Murky dark brown color, thin even white head. Apricot and sweet malts on the aroma. Smooth, rich taste, sweet but not overboard, the barrel character is not too apparent - in fact could use some oak character to offset the sweetness.

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