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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: 112   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alobar (3056) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2007
Cloudy orange color with no head. Some caramel and bread in the aroma, but not impressive. Caramel, vanilla, and yeast on the palate. No hot edge.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - DEC 18, 2007
Not sure which version I had but it did not have much barrel aging qualities. Was very sweet and sticky and had some floral characteristics. Nice aroma and oeverall smooth taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 5, 2007
Thanks to Abram for this one--Creamy, vanilla, bubblegum nose. Bubbly with lathering 1/2 cm beige-tan head. Oaky, buttery flavor. Mildly astringent metallic mouth feel. Slight lactic sourness. Not too bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - NOV 24, 2007
Pours way clearer than expected. Fills the room with the smell of watermelon candy. Small head that dissipates fast and leaves no lacing. Aroma fades into off-putting brandy and alcohol rather swiftly. Ditto with taste. Initial sweetness. Alcohol punch. Lots of brandy going on. Not that complex and not my kind of barley wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12150) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 6, 2007
(Bottle) Pours a cloudy amber body with a medium creamy beige head. Aroma of cherry, caramel, vanilla, and bread. Flavor of cherry, breadiness, caramel, light herbs, and citric hoppiness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dmac (4629) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - OCT 5, 2007
22 oz bottle shared at Glouglouburps rooftop tasting. Poured a rather bland looking murky brown with a very small head. Aroma is a big step up from the appearance with a sticky sweetness of fresh flowers, honey and toffee. Flavor melds the aromas together nicely with some apparent alcohol coming through as well. I found this one to be pretty good but I am a sucker for barleywines.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TaktikMTL (6401) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 19, 2007
Bouteille de 650 ml dégustée en compagnie de Dmac621, Dickinsonbeer, Cathschlag, MartinT, Beerbuzzmontreal et Glouglouburp. Arôme: Odeur de petits fruits foncés et de caramel. Apparence: La couleur est ambrée. Présence d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de caramel fruité avec une pointe de vanille. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture huileuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. (Rating #1248)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 17, 2007
Cloudy copper body with a small off-white ring of foam. Alcohol upfront. Caramel syrup and dry wood. Timid hops that only provide a little grassy touch at the very end. Not a bad beer but as a Barley Wine this is as lazy as an old fat cat. Appropriately named I guess.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (7836) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 12, 2007
Hazy amber brown with a tall almond head that slowly recedes leaving delicate lacing. Rich aromas of butter toffee (very much like Werther’s Original Candies); vanilla, and apricot fruit. Smooth heavy mouthfeel, sweet with prominent creamy toffee flavours, vanilla, and some soft fruit elements. Absolutely delicious. An interesting contrast to the hopped-up American version I had by Avery the other night. For the style, I prefer Fat Cat over Avery, but both were excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 23, 2007
Orange color with a full head. Nice malty accented nose. Loads of vanilla and sweet fruits, toffee, caramel, cake icing, orange and tangerine. Awfully complex, malty and creamy. Balanced in the oak aging. Full and concentrated. Impressively flavorful. An awfully fine beverage.

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