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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: 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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
sitronbus (11) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 30, 2006
Bottle. Orange coloured, medium bodied. Sweet, sticky, strong alcoholic finish. Some hops present in taste. Not particularily well balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lubiere (10766) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 28, 2006
Red coper ale with a thick light moka head. Very fruity and pungeant aroma, with caramel and plums and strong alcohol. In mouth, warming alcohol over sweet candy sugar, vinous notes and intense C-hops. Rich and smooth. Thanks to Capflu!!!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ernest (6542) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 2, 2006
RBSG 2005. Body is medium amber. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel), moderately hoppy (resin), with notes of sherry and wood. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter. Medium to full body, watery texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Somewhat brutish with hops in the finish, and overall not really my kinda barleywine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 11, 2006
Pours a transparent copper orange with a finger-width high off-white head. Sweet rich caramel malty aroma has lots of light fruity notes and complexity with some Belgian yeasty character. Body starts with lots of sweet sticky caramel toffee, hints of bready Belgian yeast and lots of fruity complexity. The viscous palate hides the alcohol well. A very nice English style barleywine. Thanks to goldtwins for sharing!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
BBB63 (6368) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 6, 2006
2005 bomber bottle from Oakes, who is not a "a vibrant community with a strong agriculture, medical, industrial and commercial base for a rural community with a population of 2000 located in southeastern North Dakota" :

Pours a reddish brown hue with an initial large fluffy head before fading to near nothingness, some lace.
The aroma has notes of lemongrass, white pepper, clove, apple, honeydew, toasted malt, corn sugar, oak(es), and bourbon vapors.

The taste is simply too bitter on the finish and discombobulated. This beer combines a sugary mess with raw fresh hops that never work together and then the alcohol is a straight up “in-your-face” dominate factor to let any chance of depth shine though. AWFUL !!

The mouth feel is equally awful, with a biting character than seem to be there just to be there, serving no purpose other than being alcoholic.

Avoid this like the plague, maybe the older 2004 is better, lets hope. (Maybe I got a bad bottle, but clearly against the grain on this beer)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sammy (9256) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 11, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2006 Beautiful beige in glass with foamy long-lasting head. Abundant creaminess and amazing mouthfeel. Taste like a fresh draft. 2005,Bourbon and barleywine tastes significant with good C hop citrus taste. Nice malt and toffee. So drinkable you ram right through and do not feel the 10.5% Great for sharing. A masterpiece for its style-thanks Viggo.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (20568) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 24, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2006 Bottled (2005 vintage). Hazy amber, brief head.Aroma of apricots and apple. Sweet and very malty with thick mouthfeel. Plenty of caramel, some vanilla and grapefruit. Lots of alcohol coming through in a finish with medium bitterness. Still a bit young and syrupy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 19, 2006
Thanks to Oakes for the bottle. Poured a hazy orange-copper color with a small off-white head. Aroma is sweet and malty. There is a yeasty smell that doesn’t appear typical to the barleywine yeasts I am used to (usually a california ale type). Some leather notes. I like it. Flavor is sweet with thick malt and acidic hoppiness on the tail end. Medium bodied with a decent warming sensation. Very nice barleywine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
frink (467) - coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 1, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2007 Pours a clear orange amber with a tan head. Sweet malty aroma exudes as well some oak, toffee and a bit of alcohol as it warms. Malt seems to be the main theme running through this beer with just enough hops making it’s presence known to balance out the flavour. The alcohol begins to show as it warms with some toffee and oak also noted. Long lingering finish. That this is from B.C., is quite impressive indeed. 2006’ Sample. Copper pour with a thick tan head. Aromas of wood, fruit, sweetly malty, some c-hops. The taste is all malt at first, very thick mouthfeel, quite sweet but the carbonation keeps it in check, wood noted from the barrel I guess. I like how the hops and the malt keep taking turns dominating as I make my way through the bomber. Really good unfortunate I only grabbed one. Score 8/10-4/5-8/10-4/5-=18/20 (4.2)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
IslandHaole (1091) - Yokosuka-Shi, Kanagawa-Ken, JAPAN - DEC 18, 2005
This beer brings back memories of living in Guam. Thick, dark and sweet, like the women there and the smell reminds me of walking around the back of my house a week after a typhoon. The Mangoes, Guavas and Star Apples would be carpeting the ground all half fermented, baking in the tropical sun. The scent makes me want to get a spoon! Thick-bodied, massive malts, sweet barley syrup up front. Rich sweet fruit in the middle and a rather dry, slightly woody aftertaste. The 12% is well masked. You will feel it before you taste it! Thanks to Josh for this malty monster!

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