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: 115   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

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JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - OCT 13, 2008
Courtesy SoLan. 2007 bottle. Murky dark brown color, thin even white head. Apricot and sweet malts on the aroma. Smooth, rich taste, sweet but not overboard, the barrel character is not too apparent - in fact could use some oak character to offset the sweetness.

PhillyBeer2112 (2817) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - OCT 9, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2008 Courtesy SoLan. 2007 bottle. Amber color. Thin layer of head. Aroma is strongly bready with deep darp fruits and a little peppery alcohol. Flavor has sweet alcohol and a little papery sherry-like oxidation but its nce. Semi-dry finish. Pretty big, almost minty lingering spice.

dchmela (3062) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 8, 2008
22oz bottle courtesy Presario. Pours a deep reddish brown with a thick tan head. Aroma is sweet malt, pungent bubble gum, sharp oak 9is this what buffalo trace tastes like?) just a really odd mix of flavor. Taste is much more barley wine with thick malty with a touch of hops, but more of the sweet fruity, bubblegum thing is still there. Too much sweetness.

mullet2007 (209) - St. Johns, Newfoundland, CANADA - JUN 15, 2008
Found this written on a piece of paper from last summer when I was between computers. Bottle thanks to presario. Pours deep red to brown, with a big tan head which lasts pretty well and leaves nice lacing. Smells very fruity with some bananas and bubblegum? Flavour is sweet with some hops, raisiny finish. Reasonably thick with decent carbonation.

jcwattsrugger (12418) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 14, 2008
22oz bottle I brought to Mels YEHA-pours a tan head and gold/amber color. Aroma is fruity, medium malt, vanilla. Taste is fruity, medium malt, vanilla, Belgian yeast. OK/mild carbonation.

Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 27, 2008
Bottle: Pours a dark amber colour with a thin head. Malty cookie aroma, buttery alc, and licorice. Flavour has a sharp sourness with the herbal licorice tones and oakey alc. carrying through. Syrupy-ness keeps deeper flavours from coming up for me. The herbal-licorice combined with the oakey tones meant that I was not so much ’down with this beer...’

jsquire (4420) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - FEB 3, 2008
This appears to be a 2007 bottle. Clear reddish amber color with a quickly shrinking off white head that ended up as a lasting ring. Nose of dark sugars and alcohol. Tastes of sweetened tea, grapes, caramel, some vanilla, and lots of alcohol. Really is sweet, syrupy and boozy. I didn’t get much Buffalo out of it, which I think is a good thing.

shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 31, 2008
Pours an amber color with a tan head. Aroma is malty, biscuit, apple, and some earthy hops. Flavor is malt, biscuit, caramel, apple, and a bitter earthy finish.

Crit (3973) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 21, 2008
This shit gets worse every year. (2007) version. Deleted my previous rating. Hazy amber,fast fading beige head. Brown sugar alcohol nose. Brown sugar molasses profile, some hops, but all is overshadowed by the harsh alcohol heat. Rough and unrefined

5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 1, 2008
Bottle (2007): Copper in color, quite clear, hues of ruby, moderate to light bubbley off-white head, dies quickly, spotty lacing.   Sweet citrus peel nose, very malty, seems very sugary and alcoholic when I whaft it.   Whoa, quite burning on the tongue.   Warming, on the verge of being overly alcoholic.   Quite sweet, nearly cloying, but luckily it is fairly malty.   Hop aspect is nil.   This is a malt forward beer, and a sweet one at that.   Pretty simple overall, malty, almost sickly sweet, minor vanilla and citrus peel, with a good dose of alcohol burning up the backside.   Overly simplistic, with more heat than it needs to have.   I think this one would be better had it not been such a monster.   Needs more subtlty and some hop flavors.   Thanks for the bottle Todd!

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