Fathead Barleywine - Reserve Series Aged In Whiskey Barrels - Nebraska Brewing Company
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4.03/5 rDev +2.3%
750ml bottle poured into a large snifter.
A: Brown/caramel colored with a mild haze. Cream colored head settles to a thin cap. Spotty lacing.
S: Light runny caramel, treacle, bread pudding, crust. Booze soaked golden raisins. Baked apples. Brown sugar. Vague tropical fruit for an instant. Whiff of alcohol. Fragrant oak and woody vanilla hints of whiskey. Subdued peppery note. Very good.
T: Bread pudding, treacle, light runny caramel, dash of cocoa, walnuts. Cherries and booze soaked golden raisins. Barrel flavors form an anchor- caramel, woody vanilla, oak, and whiskey. Bourbon-esque whiskey and a dose of brown sugar become the predominant flavors toward the end and finish things off, along with drying oak.
M: Medium-thick with a slight viscosity and a moderately chewy texture. Oak tannins are smooth and drying. Low carbonation. Warming alcohol slowly seeps into the soul. Great velvety texture.
O: Not the big, bruising, rib-sticking barleywine I expected. This is a more sophisticated beverage. Flavors mesh well and blend into each other, making for a smooth and easy drink. It tastes far more mature than it is.
01-02-2014 22:23:40 | More by ryan1788a5
3.9/5 rDev -1%
Poured into a 16 oz snifter. Pours a ruby red with a 2 inch off white head, that leaves lace everywhere. Smell is huge whiskey, vanilla, smoke, peat, and booze. Taste is a liitle more mello, but still huge whiskey, burnt vanilla, caramel apple, prune, brown sugar, and charcoal. Body is medium, enough life, dry, and definitely a sipper. Solid Barleywine, will let it age for awhile and try again.
09-23-2013 01:07:48 | More by SawDog505
3.43/5 rDev -12.9%
No bottling date that I can see. You'd think for almost $25 they could at least put a date on it.
A: Very dark brown pour with red highlights. Medium sized and frothy tan head. Head fades slowly, leaving very nice wide expanses of lacing. Foam island hangs around forever. Very nice.
S: Super sweet whiskey notes. Caramel, toffee and molasses. Dark fruits, mainly fig I think. Get some other fruit in there too, peach and apricot I think. Very fruity in fact. Some oaky leather too. Very unique for a barleywine.
T: Decent amount of whiskey up front. Heavy on the caramel with a bunch of molasses. Again, very fruity. I'm not sure what's up with the fruitiness, it's very unusual. It is very much like apricot but I think I still get peach. Are there pears or apples too? Huh. Get a little hoppiness, maybe some pine? And some dry, stale bread crusts. Lingering toffee and drying oak in the aftertaste. Some booziness floating around in the finish and between sips too, lending an even more drying feeling. Kinda get some tingly medicinal bandaid-type flavor in the aftertaste once it warms.
M: Fairly heavy but the boozy whiskey cuts it a bit. Quite dry in the aftertaste.
O: Interesting barleywine. Far and away the fruitiest I've ever had. I'm not entirely sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing. Very complex beer regardless, but the flavors just don't work that well for me. It's like a bad mash up of many different flavors. Almost wonder about brewing defects or if it just doesn't suit my palate.
09-15-2013 04:17:39 | More by Dope
Fathead Barleywine - Reserve Series Aged In Whiskey Barrels from Nebraska Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.