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RATINGS: 12   MEAN: 3.69/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Olí Cattywhompus: it is what it do. Bigger, bolder, and better than most, our English barleywine cuts no corners. Using a reiterative mash, we produce an ale both hearty and elegant. Brewed with malts from Thomas Fawcett and Sons of Great Britain, this strong ale is made for sitting, sipping, and savoring. Take your time with this one, folks. Ruby in color with earthy British hops, Olí Cattywhompus is for today, tomorrow, ten years from now.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (8347) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 18, 2015
Sampled from the bottle at the St. Paul Summer Beer Fest. Pours a clear amber with a yellowish brown head that dissipates slowly to the edges. Aroma has a lot of sweet grains, a bit of caramel and a light grassiness underlying. Flavor is a little boozy with notes of caramel, toffee, sweet grains and a hint of grass.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SHIG (3982) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - MAY 7, 2015
Bottle: Poured a deep dark brown with light brown head. Aroma is light but malty. Tasty is strong malts, caramel and molasses, sweet but strong backbone.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ryanfolty (2112) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - MAR 6, 2015
March 6, 2015 - on tap at Busters. Cloudy muddy brown pour with some head and minimal lacing. Aroma was caramel, malt and some dark fruit. Taste was nicely balanced though relatively tame. Finish was a bit dry and touch of alcohol.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
arminjewell (8673) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 27, 2015
Pour on tap at Busters on 28th, hazy reddish brown pour with off white head, aroma brought notes of caramel, toffee, some slight orange into earth, spice, touch of grass. Taste was grass, bread, toast, toffee into some red fruit, finishing spicy, slightly sweet, some booze.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GIJOE (970) - North Berwick, Maine, USA - JAN 26, 2015
Pours a lovely very dark ruby-red with a pillowy off-white head that lasts a while. Thick lacing - more like curtains. Nose is malty with lightly boozy dried fruit notes. Taste is very well balanced. Slightly dry aftertaste. Medium body. Vigorous carbonation. Quite nice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bulk_Carrier (2782) - Final Resting Place, Vermont, USA - MAR 27, 2014
Reviewed from notes. The appearance had a black colored body with a half finger white head. The smell had caramel, figs, sugar, malts, slight alcohol, chocolate comes out as it warmed. The taste was thoroughly sweet through the previously mentioned flavors in the Barleywine like fashion, slight chocolate comes out as well, but came out as it warmed. The palate was about a medium, not sessionable - you sip this one like its supposed to, adequate carbonation, chocolate/caramel aftertaste, ABV slightly felt. Overall, this was very sweet for an American Barleywine, actually thought it was closer to an English Barleywine, and probably was the most chocolately barleywine Iíve ever had, but no worries, Iíd have this one again.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
puboflyons (2598) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 24, 2014
From the 650 ml. bottle #412 out of 1,000. My label says 10.5% ABV not 9% as listed on this description. The pour is a handsome brown color with a slight bottle fermented haze and a modest tan head. The aroma is a pleasant and almost mellow barley malt character that is not in my face. A vague dark fruit note but mainly malts. No booze. The body is medium to full. As I drink this it feels like it has already been cellaring for a year but it is an English style Barleywine, which tends to be more subtle, which is the way I like it.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AirForceHops (4692) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 1, 2013
22 oz. bottle from Bertís Better Beers. Winter 2012 batch. Dark muddy brown color with thick lasting head. Aromas of deep roasted barley, chocolate and hints of dark fruits. Flavors of Raisins, caramel, molasses, chocolate, English malts and maple syrup. Lots of deep roasted barley notes as well. Syrupy texture and finishes with some mild alcohol warmth. Very sweet, but never cloying. Low carbonation that helped coat the tongue with a syrupy sweetness. The 9 % is hidden nice. I am very surprised on how much I liked this, the best White Birch brew Iíve had in a long time.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nuffield (3892) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - APR 8, 2013
If this got wider distribution, I could see it being regarded as an exceptionally good beer. Pours opaque and hazy with a deep chestnut color. Huge, complex flavors, ranging from earthy and woody notes to complex hoppy, sausage, fruity veins. Some alcohol, but all around just a mammoth barleywine. I would recommend aging. Bottle bought at the coop grocery store in Concord, NH.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
mcox90 (1706) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 3, 2013
22 oz bottle. Pours dark, somewhat muddy brown with some garnet edges if you look real hard. One finger khaki head. Aroma is burnt sugar and coffee beans. Some charred wood and a little bit of toffee. No where near as sweet as I was expecting. Same in the flavor. More coffee with some hoppiness. This did not taste anything like any barlywine Iíve had before. I was a bit disappointed, because I had my heart set on that sweet barlywine taste. It wasnít a bad beer, just not what I wanted.


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