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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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3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JK (6045) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - FEB 21, 2015
Sampled at festival. Dry and bitter, some alcohol and there are hops as well. One of the more dry barleywines I have had in a long time. Aftertaste is dry with more alcohol.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 16, 2015
bottle at Coles Barleywine Contest 2015, pretty good, not too much BW notes but tasty. Almost a brett like flavor, fruity floral with some whiskey barrel aging notes. nice

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
lukemcg (8) - Kansas, USA - FEB 1, 2015 does not count
Much more malty than barley wines I'm accustomed to. High abv not evident. Rich caramel color and aroma

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hamilton23 (619) - Alpine, California, USA - JAN 11, 2015
Pours a rich copper color with beige head. Aroma is bread, some whiskey and a touch of candied figs. The mouthfeel is a little thin for this style of beer. I usually like a bit more legs on a BA barleywine. Some sweetness. Balanced. the booze is well hidden.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ferris (14358) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 11, 2015
Bottle - Sweet vinous and plum notes. Clear dark copper with a thin white head. Sweet plum, light booze, caramel and light hoppy notes. Definitely American style, sweet and hoppy.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CapFlu (5123) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 11, 2015
Thin white head atop a clouded brown body. Nose of leather and whiskey. Flavour of whiskey cask and vanilla with undertones sweet malt. Good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
onceblind (8891) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 24, 2014
Murky hazy brown with a big woody barrel note with slightly sour toffee. Big smooth flavor of oak, gentle whiskey and mellow dark toffee malt. Smooth and drinkable but nothing really stands out.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerGolem (815) - Quebec, CANADA - NOV 14, 2014
Bottle 750 ml. Bought in Redstone Liquor Sotre (Stoneham, MA) more than a year ago. Pours a beuatiful dark orange with tiny white head. Aroma is an exceptionnal mix of vanilla, caramel, mint, alcohol, tobaco, and whiskey. Taste is on par. Amazing warming alcohol. Beware of the high Abv. Among the good barrel aged BW.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
slowrunner77 (11460) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 24, 2014
"Whoa!! What a beautiful beer. A little different than a lot of whiskey barreled brews in that theres still a great deal of hops coming through that provide a unique balance to the slight spice, tobacco, fruit, and bourbony vanilla flavors and aroma. Just loooved sipping on this one for a while. It was pricey, but totally worth it."

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
mnemonic21 (20) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 31, 2013
I am very glad I paid half price for this because this does not impress all that well. I imagine one more year will help mellow it out but its not worth the money. Nevertheless, the booziness comes through big time on the nose with whiskey and light vanilla. The palate is thin yet the body is sticky with molasses that has more whiskey but drops off hard; some acerbicness at the end too.


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