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Ottos Old Fugget Barleywine
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RATINGS: 34   MEAN: 3.9/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   EST. CALORIES: 354   ABV: 11.8%
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A big, bold ale brewed in the style of classic barleywines. Served lightly carbonated through the handpump at cellar temperature.
2007 and previous years: 10%
2008: 11.8%


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
3fourths (7799) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 20, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2012 2008 version
------- /> * June 2008, cask @ brewery. Hazy rich and dark amber copper color. Intense nose of fresh, sugary hops and Belgian candy sugar and sticky, rich, sweet licorice malt. Flavor is intense, sticky candy sugar (but not overly sweet) and sharp, dry, grassy hops. Thick and vinous, incredibly fresh and vibrant on the palate. Very good. Probably in the 3.9-4.2 range.

2007 version
------- /> * March 2007, cask at the brewery. Murky brown and red colored body. Nose of spoiled apples (in a good way), doughy and sour brown sugar, Belgian sugar, sticky plums and bread. Flavor is amazing, rich, delicate, smooth, thick, lightly sweet red apples, bitter in the back only. Resiny and delicious, closer to an old ale than an American barley wine.

* July 2007 update
So this has been on cask for a few months now, and itís changed quite a bit. The body is lacking - read illinismittyís comments about it having "wet grains". Thatís exactly what I found in the cask pint I had on July 29, 2007. It was no longer smooth and creamy like back in March and April, rather it was wet, undercarbonated and "soggy". Still, though, it was very tasty, donít get me wrong. Just not the same. Their high gravity cask ales usually only are available for 3-5 weeks, not 4 Months like Old Fugget this year.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 29, 2006
pretty good barly wine. Taste like bourbon cut with cream. nose is dominated by bourbon, malt and alcohol. Rasins are also present. copper brown color. creamy probably from nitrogen flavors reflect the nose lots of bourbon from the aging barrels, bit malt character, with rasins. the finish is still of bourbon, malt, and alcohol. definate warmer. very nice mouthfeel. almost silky

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jason (1675) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2007 Great Big Barley wine! Almost orgasmic aroma. Great appereance, nice simple head. Long lasting palate and taste that made me sad when I finished my drink. I highly recommend this for any one who is a barley wine lover.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kramer (4687) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 16, 2006
On handpump at brewpub. Pours a dark caramel color with thin wisps of head and a thin ring clinging to the edge of my snifter. Nice aroma of caramel, toffee, alcohol, and Fuggles hops. Very deep aroma without the overpowering alcohol fumes I expected from a 12% beer. Flavor is aggressively bitter with lots of sweet toffee and caramel malts trying to peek thru. Finish is a balance between dark fruits, alcohol warmth, and a lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel was smooth and creamy due to the handpump, with minimal carbonation. Finish was slightly sticky. Overall, a very good Barley Wine. The alcohol on this, while very warming, did not negatively affect the flavor. I could have sat there all day and drank these if I didnít have to drive home.


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