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RATINGS: 135   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 33   EST. CALORIES: 363   ABV: 12.1%
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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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3.5
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
closey22 (1946) - 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
nearbeer (5422) - 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 isn’t cloying. A bit of the abv is there, but fairly well masked for a 12.1% entry.

3.7
jflopsu (1615) - 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
KansaiBeerLvrs (5153) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUL 18, 2016
Nebraska fat head 12.1% With a wispsy off-white head, it’s 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
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
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
melush (4105) - 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
rdixon77 (2832) - Georgia, USA - MAY 16, 2016
2000!!! Thanks Joe! Drank poolside…which 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
AirForceHops (7240) - 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 don’t 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!


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