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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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3.9
illidurit (2340) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 7, 2013
This is one of those barleywines that is basically just beer-strength bourbon. Not the worst thing in the world, but kind of generic. Heaps of caramel, oak, whiskey, pudding, coconut.

3.4
unclemike (3124) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - MAY 24, 2013
Dark amber coloured body with a small tan head. Aroma of pit fruits, caramel and toffee-very nice! Medium to Full-bodied; Strong sweet flavour with good prunes and caramel in the taste. Aftertaste sweet and not bitter at all

4.5
AmykalH04 (35) - - MAY 15, 2013
A- pours a nice brown/caramel color with a solid tan head. S- I get the whiskey barrel on the nose along with caramel notes. T- Caramel greatness with a touch of whiskey and maybe a hint of vanilla. M- Very smooth coasting across the tongue O- a very well balanced malty barleywine with a nice hint of whiskey. Wish i had another one of these to age.

3.7
maxwelldeux (4374) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - APR 18, 2013
Bottle. Pours a cloudy amber color with effectively zero head on it. Nose is quite malty and a little bit boozy to me. Taste has just a hint of sweetness that’s followed very quickly by the bourbon in there. Has a bit of a bite on it. Quite interesting...

3.1
Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - APR 14, 2013
Hazy amber color with a white head. The aroma is full of caramel and oak, with a hint of maple. The flavor is odd. I get some light funk, caramel and grape notes up front. As the beer warms a strong dose of brett comes through, which I assume was responsible for the funk. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

3.6
jkwalking05 (4740) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 28, 2013
Tasted in 2009 (backlog). Amber in color and cloudy with a small off-white head. Aroma is malt, wood, bourbon, with light fruit notes. taste is light citrus, bourbon, oak and caramel.

2.8
thirdeye11 (6160) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 12, 2013
(750ml bottle) clearish medium amber, soapy bubbles. Nose of Brett, floral, earth, bit of sugar. Taste is very earthy, alcohol, floral, weird beer, infected.

4
freeofthoughts (688) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - DEC 14, 2012
Tap pours caramel burnt orange with a few beige bubbles around the rim. The aromatics are wonderful, earthy Irish oaked whiskey with sweet sugary grains underneath and rich phenolic yeast tones. The taste is solid but not extra special. Big wood flavours, earthy char, vanilla and the Irish malted whiskey I’d hoped for. Under it is a smooth and simple dark amberish ale with light herbal dryness playing to the barrel. There is a nice caramel apple feel that lingers with the oak. The carbonation is light and leaves it open for dense peaty oak and grain. The dark sugars are there but with the quickly drying feel it leaves a bittering oak and grain flavor. It comes and goes on wow points, sometimes the flavor is not very clean and then the next sip it makes sense. I can’t knock it other than the crazy high price.

3.6
jcnielsen (3412) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 13, 2012
On tap at Flying Saucer in Kansas City. Pours a hazy brown color with light white head. Bourbon, caramel, dark fruit flavors. Nice barleywine, with somewhat more subtle flavors.

3.9
jbeatty (1248) - New York, USA - JUL 16, 2012
Bottle, 07/16/2012. Pours reddish dark brown, medium rocky head fades to lacing. Aroma malty with sweet dark fruit, big whiskey component with pronounced vanilla, light caramel and brown sugar, oak and alcohol. Flavor is more restrained, mild caramel and molasses, vanilla and cola, dark malts, whiskey. Medium-bodied, lighter than expected, and smooth. This works well, nicely balanced.


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