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RATINGS: 132   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 33   EST. CALORIES: 363   ABV: 12.1%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Fathead started out as a Strong Scotch Ale but has morphed over time into Barleywine territory. This beer features an addition of dark brown sugar to boost the alcohol and contribute a unique caramel/molasses character. Hopped with just enough Centennial and Cascade to offset the slight sweetness of this big, warming beer.

2010 World Beer Championships Bronze Medal Barley Wine
2013 US Open Beer Championships Bronze Medal Barley Wine
2014 18th Annual Great International Beer Competition Gold Medal Barley Wine
2015 United States Open Beer Championship Bronze Medal Wood / Barrel Aged Strong Stout

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drowland (8477) - Georgia, USA - APR 13, 2017
5/15/16. I do not remember why or how I had this... but hey... I did! Amber pour with a nice khaki head. Light BA aroma, dark fruits, toffee. Good flavor, barrel, vanilla, whiskey, caramel, toffee, dark fruits, nuts. Tasty!

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NikkTwist (3051) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2017
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2017 Draft at Bru Craft. Opaque dark copper pour with soft white foam. Nice lace. Aroma of sweet berries and whiskey. Tastes of rich dark amber fruits and thick medium caramel malts. Currants. Molasses. Dates. Plums and prunes. Agave. Blackberries. Peat. Thick and sugary. Earthy hops in there as well. Some alcoholic harshness as it warms. Interesting but not perfected. Big but uncertain.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hman43 (1436) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - FEB 18, 2017
It pours a hazy medium brown with an off head head. Head retention is low. It has a deep aroma of toast and bread. There are background notes of floral and dark fruits, plums, and sugar. As it warms, the dark fruits and floral elements are closer in balance with the malts. There are sweet malt flavors with some floral elements in the background. There are some dark fruit featuring plums and raisins. The notes of whiskey are complementary, not overly done, but provides a solid background flavor. It has a full body, not quite chewy. The carbonation is low that is a good deal of alcohol warming. The finish is not hot and does add a bit of bitterness in whiskey in the aftertaste. Overall, it is balance towards the malts, but the fruity esters and whiskey provide enough background notes to create a complex flavor sensation.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Huhzubendah (3690) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 19, 2016
Bottle shared with Lauren, aka iheartgeist. Murky copper body a thick, creamy, khaki hued head that coats the glass in sticky lacing. Aromas include oak, sweet, fruity malts, breads, vanilla, oak, whiskey. The beer improves as it is allowed to warm and open up a bit. Sweet, but not overpowering, and appropriate for the style. Gentle alcohol warmth late palate. Medium-full bodied. Enjoyable.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
shawnmurphy (186) - Plattsburgh, New York, USA - NOV 22, 2016
A very good bourbon-barrel-aged barleywine. I wish beers like this were brewed in Nebraska when I lived there in the mid-90s! 750 ml bottle poured into a small Sam Adams Utopias snifter, which does the glass justice. Pours a hazy brown with a healthy tan head on top, which slightly laces to the glass as you sip. Aroma is molasses bread, bourbon and brown sugar. Taste is caramel, pecans, brown sugar, figs, vanilla beans, white pepper and charred oak, followed by a pleasant boozy burn. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and slightly chewy; for a 12.1 percent brew, its surprisingly smooth and drinkable with a clean, almost Belgian-style finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jonno (2687) - JAPAN - NOV 20, 2016
Massive beer - quite boozy as one would expect, but it:s quite layered without hitting the high notes. Sugar, booze, plum pudding, apricot.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sirmixsomewhat (266) - Paoli, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 20, 2016
This beer is tough to judge. At 12.1%, it doesnt feel like it has a pinch of any kind. I sometimes struggle with barleywines because theyre so strong, but this doesnt do that to me. I almost resent it for it. Its stronger to smell than it is to taste, and I dont get the whiskey notes I expected to since its aged in whiskey barrels, but its a solid beer overall thats pretty easy to drink.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mstrcrwly (1000) - New York, USA - SEP 11, 2016
bottle poured into a tulip glass..amber/burgundy with a medium off-white head.. aroma of caramel,toffee,molasses,dark fruits..tastes like it smells..bit thin and a little dry..just ok.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
closey22 (1857) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - AUG 22, 2016
Hazy dell Amber brown with thin Lacy beige head; aroma is sweet malty with whisky notes; flava is sweet caramel malt blended with whisky with notes of licorice;feels thick silky creamy with moderate fizz; finishes dry mildly sweet notes of wood and mild sugar

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nearbeer (5233) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 11, 2016
750 ml. Hazy, deep copper with a lasting disc of foam. Aroma is earthy caramel and whiskey with a touch of dark fruit. Flavors of earthy toffee apple, whiskey, raisin and toasted oak. Maybe a touch of chocolate. Medium-heavy body has smooth medium carbonation and a dessert slant that isnt cloying. A bit of the abv is there, but fairly well masked for a 12.1% entry.


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