Fat Hog
Ritual Brewing Co.

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American Barleywine
Ranked #210
Ranked #16,648
3.92 | pDev: 15.31%
Ritual Brewing Co.
California, United States
Very Good
Fat HogFat Hog
Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 45
Reviews by hickmancase:
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4.8/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This rating is hereby justified.

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Photo of AlexThegreat2007
4.83/5  rDev +23.2%
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 LiquidAmber
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
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 mactrail
2.88/5  rDev -26.5%
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 benzalman
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kmanjohnson
3.76/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
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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Photo of Gobzilla
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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2/5  rDev -49%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DerwinWentworth
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Joshpu
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of kmoen
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Brolo75
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
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 Beersnake1
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from fridge temp to a tulip. Nice dark golden color (a bit darker than I was expecting). Nice carbonation. Smell was very nice. Caramel, hops, dark fruits. Deep and strong smell. Taste followed the nose. Not extremely hoppy, which I really like. Caramel, maple, and a hoppy bite at the end. Moderately chewy, but very nice mouthfeel. Overall, I'm a really big fan of this one. I bet it will age really nicely. I definitely recommend this to anyone who likes barleywine.

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2.25/5  rDev -42.6%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Fat Hog from Ritual Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 45 ratings