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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blankboy (6920) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 2, 2007
Bottle (660ml) shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow, tupalev & jerc -- my bottle courtesy of CapFlu. Vintage ? Pours a clear ruby-orange with a large off-white head. Nice aroma of caramel malt, fruit, vanilla, some hops, wood and alcohol. Flavour of caramel malt, hops, dark fruit, vanilla and alcohol -- very tasty stuff! Alcohol’s present but doesn’t taste like 12%. Good body for the style. I really liked this, well done!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madsberg (11166) - Søborg, DENMARK - APR 1, 2007
Bottled. Beer no. 15 @ American Blind III. Orange/amber coloured. Unclear. Dense off white head. Sweetness, pine, alcohol, fruits and light citrus in the aroma. Flavour is quite spiced, has some light fruits and herbal notes. .Alcohol is notable but not dominating. Nice balanced. Is medium to full bodied. Quite dry. Alcohol, spice, sweetnees and some bitterness in the end. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (24774) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 31, 2007
Bottle. Cloudy orange coloured with an off white head. Aroma of malts, caramel and dried fruits with notes of cookies and hops. Flavour of malts, caramel, dried fruits, vanilla and hops.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Grovlam (4189) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 28, 2007
Bottle. [Blind tasting session @ Sk8viking] #15 Average fizzy white head that was mostly diminishing. Good lacing. Clear sparkling body with an amber hue. Aroma was bread, caramel, grain, toffee, toasted, dry fruit and light notes of hops. Full bodied with a slightly alcoholic texture and a soft carbonation. Moderated sweet flavor with balancing burned and hoppy bitter notes. Sweet and long lasting finish. More of that please.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 26, 2007
Bottle. Dark amber colour with a big yellow head. Rye bread, caramel, hop aroma and taste. Medium to full body with a sweet light alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (32202) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAR 25, 2007
Bottled. An unclear amber beer with a thick orange head. The aroma is sweet malty with strong notes of hops and caramel, and the flavor is sweet malty with strong notes of grapefruit, leading to a dry bitter end. Nice thick body.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sunevdj (3569) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - MAR 25, 2007
Blind rating at sk8viking´s. Pours a clear orange. Smells of alcohol and funghi. Very sweet. Flavors of marzipan, bread and grains. Slightly vinous caracter. Short dry and long sweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HogTownHarry (6372) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JAN 16, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2007 Bottle (660ml - 2005 bottle). Shared with biegaman and viggo, viggo’s bottle. Hazy orange, decent off-white foamy/creamy head. Odd aroma - alcohol, oak, vanilla, tangerine, mild solids, fruits and perfumey hops. Smooth flavour, very juicy and buttery (in a good way) - lovely sweet citrus finish. Solid body, sweet, boozy and smooth as all hell. Great barley wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mgermani (1002) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 17, 2006
Aroma of apples & berries, and present alcohol. Also something I can’t quite place... plums? Pours a gorgeous strawberry amber with a small amount of foam which forms a ring very quickly. Citrus in the hops (Cascade?) balanced at first by warming alcohol but gradually bittered as the sweetness wears off. A real treat, but not for everyday.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MartinT (8855) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 23, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2007 Any first impressions?
-A veil of foam settles atop the reddish amber.
-Brown sugar sitting on frail wood, and fruit and vegetables abound in the simplistic aroma.
-A fruity syrup sometimes reaches corn, as oak and alcohol induce dryness.
-The body is healthy, not bulky, and is loosely carbonated.

What if you dig deeper?
-Citrusy hops clumsily join the complacent flavors.
-I don’t feel like the malt bill fits these particular bourbon barrels; cohesion is lost.
-The finish brings back alcohol, weak hops, and greenness.
-Not a bad barley wine as it were, but the wine barrel 2004 vintage I had tasted at the RBSG in Montreal last year was far superior. I just don’t think this barrel helped the beer at all.

Bottle; 2005 vintage.

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