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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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3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jflopsu (1532) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 4, 2016
Pours a dark hazy amber with light tan head. A dark fruit malt and caramel aroma. A strong dark fruit, caramel, malt, and whiskey taste. A lingering sweet malt and whiskey aftertaste.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (4982) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUL 18, 2016
Nebraska fat head 12.1% With a wispsy off-white head, its a deep orange gold pour with a sharp oaky burning green hop aroma. Medium to full bodied with a rich fruity spice snd malt flavor. The booziness is too sharp but it is good. 3.6-3..7

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CardsFan25 (95) - - JUL 5, 2016
Marked a 2011 bomber bottle from shop that may have been cellared too long to enjoy the full barrel flavor. Tan/orange pour with some cloudiness. Heavy caramel with slight fig aroma. Taste is sweet caramel followed by oak and dark fruit. Would never guess that it is 10.8% by taste.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
duganc (28) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 4, 2016
Not much to say other than very impressed. Olongapo the best withe balance in all areas. A classic American/west coast barley wine. Buying more to age.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
melush (3794) - SPAIN - MAY 28, 2016
Bottle 75cl / Botella 75cl. @ Tanakaya Liquor Store, Tokyo, Japon. A: Dark amber / Ambar oscuro. T/S: Malt, caramel, raisins, alcohol / Malta, caramelo, uvas pasas, alcohol.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rdixon77 (2648) - Georgia, USA - MAY 16, 2016
2000!!! Thanks Joe! Drank poolsidewhich might not have been the most appropriate. Still awesome ba barley wine. Light cloudy brown color. Got lots of barrel, vanilla, whiskey, some char, some fruit, creamy body. Good stuff.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AirForceHops (6963) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 14, 2016
750 ml bottle from the brewery. Cellared about 2 years. Unclear Amber color with very low carbonation level. Aroma shows me mild whiskey, English malts, earthy hints, dark fruits.

I find it funny that so many people dont write the vintage of this beer they had. The two years of cellar helped mellow the sweetness. Flavor is heavy on the English influence. Deep, layered malts that give dark fruit and booze. Borderline syrupy texture. Also still shows some bitterness that helps cut the sweetness. Whiskey treatment for sure enhanced the base. I like it a lot!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chalumeaux (1430) - Middleton, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 14, 2016
Poured from bottle thanks Airforcehops cellar aged 2014 brown mahogany with a thin white head. Aromas of honey caramel oak and malt. Taste is mildly sweet up front caramel oak and then turns into a lingering bitter finish which is meant to balance the sweetness but just lingers a bit too long.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WillRunForBeer (2579) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 14, 2016
2014 750ml bottle from AirForceHops cellar. Thanks, Chris! Pours murky medium brown with an off white head. Aroma is barnyard funk, caramel, bourbon, oak. Flavor has a mild funk, caramel, dark fruits. Pine bitterness balances out the sweetness. This is turning sour, and if you have a 2014 bottle, drink it now.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nimbleprop (8082) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 9, 2016
750ml bottle pours a hazy, deep brown with some swirling white head. Nose has vanilla, cake, some spice. Flavor is hot with booze, spice, vanilla, chocolate, caramel. Full bodied, booze finish.


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