Fat Hog | Ritual Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Ritual Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.60%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by 2beerdogs on 05-27-2013

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Ratings: 45 |  Reviews: 11
Reviews by dirtyhalos:
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4.6/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

More User Reviews:
Photo of AlexThegreat2007
4.83/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Really amazed of how great the hog is, the name is a bit misleading but I recommend it to anyone that likes to kick back and chill with one of these after a long day of work

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Photo of blitz134
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I haven't reviewed in a long time...lots of good beers out here in SoCal and many are hard to get elsewhere in the country...I'll see if I can keep this up...

Murky, hazy brown appearance. Similar to the color of the brown bomber bottle that it came in, but with some reddish hues showing through. Very little head on the pour, reducing to a ring around the glass with no lacing for me. I do like the "rustic" appearance, although probably not the standard for the style.

Smell is a bit light to me...could be the low carbonation. Some light fruity esters and caramel malts. No hints of the alcohol level. Maybe the slightest green of hops shown through.

The flavor shows much more character. Solid grainy, malt character...starts light as the other flavors coat the mouth and then comes on prominently in the finish after the slight sweetness fades taking with it some light esters. Hops are fairly prominent, offering a little citrus that plays off the sweetness and some floral highlights. Bitterness lingers through until the malty finish. Lacks a little complexity of other barleywines I have had, but still a good beer. Low presence of alcohol is impressive.

Nice full body that coats the mouth well and leaves a little crispness with it. A little too easy to drink...

Overall this is a nice brew. Some nice complexity, but lacks a bit when compared to some other greats. Alcohol presence is very low, some sweetness but finishes with just a biting bitterness and malt presence that makes this one pretty drinkable. I'm going to have check this place out next time I'm up in Redlands!

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LXIXME
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Taylor_Boggio
2.25/5  rDev -42%

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice, one of Rituals best bottlings to date. Clear brown with littlel head but nice chocolate, roasted grain, spiced nose. Nice medium body with medium carbonation. Flavor profile is the winner here. Lots and lots or rich "true" chocolate with some Mexican spice tones. Really a nice, super well balanced, nice flavorful drink.

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Photo of Bung
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kmoen
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Brolo75
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 ounce bottle poured into a snifter

A: Pours cloudy dull mahogany color with no head development, no lacing, very little carbonation, looks like unfiltered apple cider, and it looks really thick and full bodied.

A: Lots of aroma, brown sugar, toffee, caramel, licorice, rich, deep notes of caramel malts, touch of pine and citrus notes, alcohol comes through pretty strong adding an ethanol aroma that lingers in the finish.

T: Very sweet, lightly toasted brown sugar, toffee, caramel, licorice, earthy, herbal note, high bitterness like lemon peel, finish has lots of alcohol in it that lingers, finish has deep notes of caramel and toffee, raisins, toasted brown sugar, and spice. Alcohol comes through pretty strong.

M: Full bodied, dry finish, it didn't' look like it had a lot of carbonation but it does come through on the mouthfeel.

O: This is a big beer with lots of flavor, complexity, and depth, it's very sweet and I think it would age really well, so I'm going to pick up another and let it sit in the cellar. I think it could use some more balance between the sweetness and the bitterness, cheers!

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Photo of CreativeJeenyus
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. 2013 bottle, properly cellared. Pours a hazy reddish orange, almost the color of ruby port with a thin off-white head that dissipates to patches. Aroma of dark dried fruit, caramel malt, hint of orange citrus, moderate oxidation cardboard, slightly vegetal. Flavor is caramel and dry biscuit malt, light citrus and dark fresh and dried stone fruit, dates and figs. Finish is biscuit malt with aged hop bitterness with no herbal qualities except a little hay. Medium bodied with light creaminess. I regret that I did not try this fresh to compare, but this two year old bottle has quite good dry malt qualities, resembling an aged old ale. The fruit character has faded, showing a bit in the start, but little or none in the finish. Hops have faded, as expected in an aged barleywine. A nice malty barleywine, a little less complex and with less intense dark fruit flavors than others, but malt is very satisfying. I like to have the dry biscuit malt style of barleywines every once in a while and this one a nice evening sipper. I like the malt enough to give this a try fresh next time in So. California.

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Photo of ShanePB
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of RobertConway
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of T_Hass
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DerwinWentworth
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Joshpu
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Raziel313
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of mactrail
2.88/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Cloudy dark coppery color in the tall tulip. Nicer than average foam. A funny musty, woodsy smell. Tangy on the tongue and well carbonated.

The taste is not like most Barleywines I've ever encountered. It's more like some of the really dank IPAs but with the malt dialed up. The one pleasant feature is the caramel malt flavor that sinks quickly into the hop soup. After a touch of sweetness on the lips it turns very dry. The leafy, herbal, bitter mushroom taste is quite dominant. The plentiful hops leave a very bitter aftertaste.

I can't find much to like about this. Even the hop flavor is not something I want to muck up a cheap lager with by mixing with this stuff. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Bine & Vine for eleven bucks.

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Photo of Vermonthiker
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of JonBoy23
5/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of jmaddox84
4.37/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Ritual Brewing Company in Redlands, CA.

Thanks to Adrienne for this one.

Pours a murky reddish-orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and tea-like flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice hoppy presence for this American take on the style.

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3.76/5  rDev -3.1%

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Fat Hog from Ritual Brewing Co.
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