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RATINGS: 132   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 33   EST. CALORIES: 363   ABV: 12.1%
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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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
daknole (10941) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
boFNjackson (4200) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoePeesie (925) - 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 figs. 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thornecb (5815) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - 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 aint 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drpimento (3461) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 22, 2011
Poured with a medium sized off white, fine head and a little lace. Color was a slightly hazy amber, Aroma was malt, yeast, caramel, hop, solvents. Flavor what exactly like nose plus a little carbonic tang. Body and carbonation ok. Finish is like flavor and on the short side. No hint of alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pineypower (3247) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - DEC 4, 2011
Bottle, shared at CDC release. Pours out a nice darker copper color with a small white head. Aroma is of light caramel, dried fruits, oak, whiskey and light burning alcohol. Taste is caramel, toffee, bourbon, vanilla, oak and a little heat from the alcohol on the finish. Nice

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (14368) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 28, 2011
750 ml bottle shared by chadcsu(thanks Chad) poured a clear reddish brown with a small lingering tan head. Aromas of bourbon, oak, vanilla, toffee, light carmel and light brown sugar. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of bourbon, oak,vanilla, toffee and light carmel with a smooth lingering bourbon finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ljay6880 (475) - , Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 17, 2011
750ml bottle served in a tulip. Pour is cloudy mahogany with two fingers of kaki head that had decent retention and a slight show of lacing. Nose is bourbon, oak, figs, molasses, caramel, booze, bubble gum, and hops. Taste is an immediate blast of bourbon/oak/figs/molasses done to the tune of decadence. This is quickly met with an odd bubble gum and hop pallet, that contradicts the original pallet with quite a ferocity. The finish is a choppy watered marriage with different aspects sticking out at different times, depending on how the tide swelled. This is truly and amazing barley wine, one I place in the top 3 (Gratitude and barrel aged Old Toad) that I could only accurately place if I did a side by side of the three. Truly amazing!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu (9926) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 9, 2011
750 ml bottle from michael-pollack- thanks again, Pollack! Tried alongside a Black Betty and Melange a Trois. Pours a cloudy amber color with a small beige head. Aroma shows that yes, this was in whiskey barrels- big huff of whiskey, oak, vanilla, caramel, plums, and dates. Flavor somehow brings even more whiskey with a little warmth this time, along with vanilla, caramel, oak, dates, and some brown sugar. Medium-bodied, with a warming mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Wow, if you like whiskey youll like this. If not, stay away.

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