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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (9228) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bager (2120) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - APR 23, 2007
Bottled. Slightly hazy amber coloured with a small head. Malty and sweet with notes of raisin, dark fruit, spices and hops. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 15, 2007
Thank you to JoeMcPhee! This was a very full-flavored beer, enjoyed midway through our tasting yesterday. Light-orange/copper color of body, white head around the sides of the glass. Aroma is strong, filled with raisins, and very syrupy sweet. The flavor, too, retains this sweetness, but it also has a somewhat biting bitterness that is hard to get rid of in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
notalush (5707) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 15, 2007
Thanks to JoeMcPhee for sharing - bright reddish copper pour with minimal head - strong cherry and strawberry esters in the aroma, with some floral hops way in the back - sweet vanilla and caramel in the flavor at first, with some notes of fruits that are too indistinct to identify - gets a little bitter and astringent afterwards, finishing a bit thin, with some metallic/copper flavor that makes it taste like I’m sucking on a penny for a few seconds after I swallow - sounds like they need to go back to the original recipe.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beastiefan2k (3371) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - APR 14, 2007
2006 bottle shared by JoeMcPhee. Color is orange-copper, small head, medium clarity. Aroma is vegetable and cherry alcohol. Similarly taste light cherry/vegetable maltiness. Other biscuit sweet malt flavors. Low bitterness and a sweet aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2 (11971) - Escondido, California, USA - APR 12, 2007
650 mL bottle from CapFlu. Pours copper with a small fizzy light brown head, somewhat diminishing, spare lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (caramel, bread), average hops (flowers, perfume), average yeast (dough) with notes of vanilla, peach and pear. Full bodied, fizzy texture, lively carbonation and a bitter finish. Moderate sweetness, acidity and bitterness; nice creamy roasted caramel malt flavor with vanilla and oak notes.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 7, 2007
Bottle shared with Hogtown Harry, Blankboy, Jerc, and GregClow, courtesy of Hogtown Harry. Deep orange aroma, no head. Sour, sulfur, caramel aroma - off? taste -= very caramel sweet, vanilla, barnyard maybe? and candy. Odd , odd stuff here. I somewhat enjoyed it, but was a little let down. Will seek out again to see if this bottle was a little off.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 4, 2007
Cloudy amber colour with a small beige head. Malty, caramel sweet (almost buttery) aroma with some hoppy and fruity notes. Malty, caramel sweet flavor with notes of fruit and hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GregClow (3117) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 3, 2007
UPDATED: APR 4, 2007 Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, blankboy, jerc & tupalev - courtesy of blankboy. I, uh, can’t find my notes on this one, so I just took the word of the other guys and averaged out their scores. :)

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