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RATINGS: 134   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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4.1
BeerGolem (829) - 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
slowrunner77 (12139) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 24, 2014
"Whoa!! What a beautiful beer. A little different than a lot of whiskey barreled brews in that there’s 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
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 it’s 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.

2.7
annunz123 (957) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 20, 2013
Full disclosure--I’m generally not a fan of beer aged in hard liquor barrels--if I want to drink scotch or whiskey or bourbon I’d drink that instead of beer--but I picked this up on special from a local store. Aroma is predictably boozy, with wood, fruit, and a little grassy hops. Flavor is the same, harsh and boozy with very little in terms of balance. Probably fine if you’re into this sort of thing, but I just find this gimmicky and harsh.

3.9
CanIHave4Beers (4188) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - SEP 23, 2013
Pours an orange color with a good head and nice lacing on the glass.

The aroma is red apple, fruity hops... some floral character, & some orange marmalade.

The flavor is big and rich without being overly sweet, displays some toffee and nice red apple fruitiness. The bourbon is well integrated, not really subtle, but most definatly not overbearing. The beer has a touch of spiciness and some warming alcohol.

cool.

4.1
yngwie (17078) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 17, 2013
Bottle, 75cl, at Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens. A brown one, almost clear, with a minimal sized off-white head. There’s caramel, dried fruits, some alcohol, pine cones, fluor tooth paste, mint notes and a faint roasted hint in the aroma. Full body, lightly warming and with a pleasant carbonation. There’s not much impact from the booze, neither in the aroma nor in the flavor. Lasting finish with a good bitterness. Wow, first Nebraska beer and it’s this good. Amazing. 130817

3.8
Geokkjer (7627) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 17, 2013
Bottle at Stone garden. Pours brown with a small off white head. Aroma of vanilla, malt, caramel, oak and coco. Flavor is sweet and malty with some caramel, oak, vanilla, warming alcohol and biscuits. Full body, stood carbonation.

3.8
Meilby (11517) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 17, 2013
Bottle 750ml @ Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens, Escondido, CA
Pours clear amber/brown with a small off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, toffee, dried fruits, oak, alcohol and hint of vanilla. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter with a long warm, dried fruity, oak, vanilla and toffee finish. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

3.7
tmoreau (4420) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - AUG 11, 2013
Cellared 750 ml. bottle shared at the Sheraton Madison club level lounge for a post Great Taste party among friends. Thanks Chuck! Poured to "on the rocks" samplers showing good clarity to the mahogany color, but very modest off white head foam, as well as light lacing, but some leggy coating on the glass. The nose was dark fruit as raisin and prune, caramel, with some brown sugar sweetness. The flavor was similar, adding a low hop bitterness, maybe just a touch of tartness that was effervescence assisted, hidden alcohol at this point in my day, and a very smooth mouthfeel. Medium+ bodied, with appropriate carbonation. Nicely aged, and a very tasty toasting brew for the occasion.

3.9
rader58 (916) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - JUL 27, 2013
4 oz pour at Bier Station. Pours a cloudy copper color. Aroma of cedar, oak, vanilla, peat. Flavor is cedar, vanilla, floral. Very smooth


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