Fathead Barleywine - Reserve Series Aged In Whiskey Barrels - Nebraska Brewing Company
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Reviews by OWSLEY069:
4.43/5 rDev +12.4%
Pours a hazy orange-ish to brown in color with a light tan head. In the aroma, dry whiskey, small dark fruit and a small alcohol note. In the taste, dry whiskey, brown sugar, and notes of vanilla. A smooth and medium to bigger bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry brown sugar and whiskey in the aftertaste. Not overbearing whiskey at all, and a nice brown sugar flavor to round it all out.
02-11-2012 15:06:02 | More by OWSLEY069
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4/5 rDev +1.5%
Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #37 (Feb 2010):
Dull copper color; suds reach two fingers in height. Massive aromatic waft of whiskey, lots of wood with char and vanilla, brown sugar and ripe fruit. Somewhat smooth and extra creamy. Big boozy flavor slams the palate and then lifts it up for a shock of sweet- ness before the warmth sets in. Nutty maltiness tangles with some brown sugar notes; figgy fruitiness in the middle gets a little juicy. Mild barrel char. Whiskey, whiskey, whiskey ... taste like a first use on the barrel, wakes up the palate for sure. Semisweet finish with some faint ester and solvent alcohol residuals.
The beer got a full dose of flavor from the barrel yet does not put it in a stranglehold. A big, beautiful sipper.
11-12-2010 19:48:56 | More by BeerAdvocate
3.8/5 rDev -3.6%
750ml bottle poured into an acbf glass.
Pours a hazy light brown with a very small light brown head. Nose is very light and malty with sweetness.
Tate is slightly hoppy, but the booze dominates along with the malt. It's quite tasty and drinkable for what it is. Super drinkable given the style.
06-26-2010 20:11:19 | More by kingcrowing
3.93/5 rDev -0.3%
2010 Vintage, Black Label
A: Poured a very dark brown with a decent one finger head. Retention was minimal, reducing to some bubbles on top. Not much lacing.
S: The whiskey definitely shines through on the aroma, hard to say if it had died down after a few months in the the bottle. There was also some oak and vanilla as well as a little bit of molasses and brown sugar.
T: The whiskey was not as heavy in the flavor profile, but certainly present. There is some fig and raison and the malts yield molasses and caramelized sugar. The booze is there, but is not overpowering.
M: Medium bodied, but slightly lighter than I would have expected. Low carbonation with a creamy feel. The whiskey/booze comes through a little bit as well.
O: Quite impressed. For a style that I typically don’t love, this beer was very enjoyable. The barrels added some nice flavors and while the alcohol shows up, it adds more than it takes away.
05-10-2011 13:23:20 | More by mdaschaf
4.33/5 rDev +9.9%
Thanks to Dunn for bringing this to the Barleywine tasting.
A - dark brownish amber with a shrt, brown head that has little retention
S - candy sugar, alcohol, whiskey, bread, caramel, apple
T - caramel, bread, apples, alcohol, faintly bitter, faint citrus, dark fruit, faint whiskey notes
M - full bodied, well carbonated, warm
This is a great beer. it's complex, but a bit fruit forward. The malt and hops are greatly balanced. The whiskey adds some comlexity. This is definitely worth a try.
10-20-2012 12:19:38 | More by tdm168
3.93/5 rDev -0.3%
Pours an effervescent orange/caramel with a pinky of tan head. Clouds up a bit, some head retention & no lacing
S: Fruittyness & port, a touch of butterscotch, finally whiskey
T: Follows the nose, dryness, loads of figs & some raisin & oaky dryness up front. Whiskey notes, figs, peatyness & pear brandy as this warms, some caramel . Woody dryness, booze bite, pears & figs in the finish
MF: Fairly chewy, light carbonation. Becomes sticky over time, starts thinning out a bit as it warms
This seems awfully subdued on hops for an American Barleywine. Not a bad offering, but now that I've had a few, I'd have have to say these guys are good but way over priced. I will probably be more cautious on future purchases of their product; ABV is well hidden for the most part
01-23-2013 05:07:11 | More by russpowell
3.23/5 rDev -18%
Bottle: Poured a light copper color ale with a small foamy head with limited retention and limited lacing. Aroma of clear whiskey notes with light warming alcohol and sweet malt notes. Taste is a bit too sweet for my taste with some warming alcohol notes and rounded edge from the barrel-aging. Body is about average with OK carbonation and light alcohol notes. Limited complexity with too much sweetness and good barrel–aging notes.
05-16-2011 02:48:17 | More by Phyl21ca
4.38/5 rDev +11.2%
A: medium translucent brown with a thin pale head; motes of lace
S: malt, vanilla, molasses
T: brown sugar, vanilla caramel, sweet fruits like dates and figs, toffee, subtle traces of whiskey
M: warming, smooth, creamy
O: these guys are good; their Hop God Belgian IPA-style was one of the best pale ales I've had, and this barleywine is among the best barleywines I've had - gotta try their stout if I see it... Bold, expensive, and brilliantly crafted, a sure treat for the taste buds. As this warmed, the whiskey really came out and created such an excellent taste. At this point in my drinking career, my favorite American Barleywine (right up there with $ucaba and King Henry, considered English barleywines).
05-22-2012 23:46:32 | More by Greywulfken
4.08/5 rDev +3.6%
Much thanks to @ArtofBeer for opening this at our little going away party at Stone for @MartinEmde and @TheKewe
A - golden orange amber with a fairy small head
S - Whiskey, light pear, nothing too overpowering
T - Whiskey forward, slight bitter hops and a great malt caramel backbone. Whiskey after taste as well. Pretty smooth.
M - low to moderate carb full body but a little thin
D - ABV is pretty hidden, even though there is a good amount of whiskey barrel flavor boozyness going on. Not too complex because of it I think.
12-06-2009 02:10:14 | More by mikedashg
4.03/5 rDev +2.3%
Poured from a bottle into a snifter.
Appearance: Pours a clear dark red amber with a finger of fluffy, light tan head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.
Smell: Whiskey and sweet brown sugar, vanilla, and dark fruit.
Taste: Follows from the smell. Strong whiskey presence, but it was smooth. Hints of vanilla, oak, and brown sugar. The finish is bitter and warm from the alcohol.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with mild carbonation and a dry finish.
Overall: This was a sipper, but I was surprised how easy it was to drink after smelling it. A nice after dinner drink.
08-07-2011 22:33:22 | More by oline73
Fathead Barleywine - Reserve Series Aged In Whiskey Barrels from Nebraska Brewing Company
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