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RATINGS: 136   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69/5   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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3.6
jcnielsen (3416) - 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 (1266) - 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.

4.3
JPDurden24 (1675) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - JUL 12, 2012
Dark red/brown pour with an off white head. Bourbon, malt, dark fruit, and some nice sweet nose, Taste has glorious vanilla, and some bourbon heat and some toffee. It is a damn fine barley wine.

3.4
bmerz (741) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 31, 2012
Bottle. Nice brown with reddish hues and an offwhite head and lace that lasts. Aroma is surprisingly thin with light sweet smelling apple, vanilla, spice, bourbon, malt. Flavor is slighly tart whiskey soaked spiced apple and pear. Barley wine toffee notes are not strongly expressed. It ends quickly as the sticky medium body dries with some tannins. It is fairly tame for a whiskey bourbon barrel aged. An accomplished beer for sure but it does speak to me.

3.5
illinismitty (2377) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 25, 2012
Bottle. Parks dark brown. Vanilla and oak nose. Flavor of dark caramel with a hint of roast, and I pick up lots of black licorice. Very dry and perhaps too overattenuated for my tastes

4.4
daknole (11048) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 6, 2012
Brown/reddish pour, light cream colored head. Aroma is sweet and bready, malty, bourbon, golden raisins, corn syrup. Flavor is very sweet and rich. Decadent vanilla, toffee, and a nice alcohol warmth. Very good stuff.

3.9
boFNjackson (4230) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 25, 2012
Bottle... Poured cloudy, deep brown with a bubbly, light tan head. Very sweet, dark cocoa and toffee. Mildly bitter with strong barrel character and whiskey alcohol warmth. Woody with oak and more and more whiskey character. Apples, figs, mild hops, malted toasted sweetness. A tasty sipper.

3.7
JoePeesie (924) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - JAN 30, 2012
FoBAB 11’- well above average, but not game changing. Pours a ruby brown with an off white head. Nose and taste is of sweet malts, molasses, maybe fig’s. The hops are a sharp contrast to the malts and actually take away a bit from the balance of the beer IMO. Well worth trying.

3.6
thornecb (6159) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 18, 2012
Pours deep orange-tinged mahogany into a snifter. Mocha head with good retention recedes leaving scant sheets to coat surface. Sweet bubblegum, oak and whiskey aromas. Sweet, thick oak upfront turning to creamy banana flambe before the lasting warm, bitter oak finish.

3.2
iowaherkeye (2804) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JAN 12, 2012
750mL bottle, no date from Beertopia in Omaha, for >$20. My label states 10.3%. Slightly hazy brown with orange highlights, and a half finger beige head, creamy with pretty decent retention. Lotta bourbon in the nose, fairly phenolic and spicy. Do I get some acetone as well? That ain’t right. There are also some brown sugar toasted malt notes, tinge of chocolate. Flavor follows suit--yes, I still get the acetone--lotta spicy phenols again. The booze still seems a bit harsh. There is some sweetness--of the brown sugar lightly scorched toffee type, but not too much. Dry finish, bitterness was earthy and a little ashy, peaking at a 3-3 1/2. Big full body with low carbonation. This was not a winner for me.


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