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Fathead Barleywine - Reserve Series Aged In Whiskey Barrels - Nebraska Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

76 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.42%
Wants: 37
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Nebraska Brewing Company visit their website
Nebraska, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  11.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
A rich, full bodied Barley Wine with a wonderfully warming character from the malts & dark brown sugars. Held to the light, its burgundy color is fitting for a bigger beer that has aromatics that hint of the oak, the whiskey, the somewhat sweet nature, and molasses that makes this beer truly unique. The non-barrel-aged version of this beer took Silver in the 2009 US Open Beer Championships. Using Stranahan’s Whiskey barrels, we aged this beer for 6 months to impart a small amount of oak tannins and the whiskey character that combine to elevate this beer beyond its original entry into this world. Excellent to enjoy now and cellerable for years.

34 IBU

(Beer added by: mikedashg on 12-06-2009)
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5/5  rDev +26.9%

wpqx, Sep 30, 2013
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5/5  rDev +26.9%

jwat, Feb 24, 2012
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5/5  rDev +26.9%

bigdaddypolite, Nov 28, 2011
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4.88/5  rDev +23.9%

A- pours a nice brown/caramel color with a solid tan head.
S- I get the whiskey barrel on the nose along with caramel notes.
T- Caramel greatness with a touch of whiskey and maybe a hint of vanilla.
M- Very smooth coasting across the tongue
O- a very well balanced malty barleywine with a nice hint of whiskey. Wish i had another one of these to age.

Juuroumaru, May 16, 2013
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4.73/5  rDev +20.1%

09 vintage poured into oversized snifter

Pours lighter brown with a thin off white head that quickly fades to a nice collar of very small bubbles

Smells is extremely fruity (apples, figs, black cherries and some slight coconut) with a slight sense of alcohol.

Taste is an amazing blend of fruity and sweet. Coconut comes to mind immediately and pretty much dominates on the first sip giving way to a mouth coating molasses taste as it goes down and some slight alcohol burn.

Mouthfeel is fairly light and carbonation pretty low.

Overall I wasn't expecting much going into this but it was amazing in every way. It is also a very nice change of pace to see a beer that was aged in something in something a little different than what has been flooding the shelves in my area lately. If you have one of these and have yet to try it, open it.

joefuzz, Aug 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

KindaFondaGoozah, Apr 13, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Exiled, Nov 14, 2011
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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.

OWSLEY069, Feb 11, 2012
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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).

Greywulfken, May 22, 2012
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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.

tdm168, Oct 20, 2012
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4.33/5  rDev +9.9%

Thanks goes out to RedHaze for this brew.

750ml Bottle
Capped

Poured into a chalice a nice cloudy brownish color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, with some big oil slicks and sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, big whiskey note, slight dark fruits. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, very nice whiskey note up front, some figs, raisins, plums. Medium body, the ABV is hidden pretty well, a nice sipper. Drinkable, WOW! this one surprised me, glad to have a chance trying it out. Thanks Chris.

Wasatch, Jun 15, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

RDW, Mar 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

MRsojourner, Oct 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

jayhunter357, Sep 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

brewdude1982, Oct 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Wamba, Mar 13, 2013
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4.13/5  rDev +4.8%

Good lookin out drew for sharing this brew.

A: poured brown in color with yellow highlights on the edges and had a thin bubbly head leaving a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: lots of whiskey character upfront on the nose with caramel, toffee, booze, brown sugar popping out and hints of molasses as well.

T: the caramel and toffee flavors were more apparent on the taste with whiskey barrel, booze, molasses, dark fruit accents and a touch of cherries.

M: the brew was medium in body with a low amount of carbonation which had a sweet, whiskey boozy, mild fruity, and creamy finish.

D: a sipper for sure but was tasty and glad to see that the state of nebraska has some decent BA aged brews.

Gobzilla, Feb 14, 2011
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4.13/5  rDev +4.8%

A-Amber mixed with iced tea brown, a small creamy off white head leaves nice sticky lacing.

S-Dried fruit, caramel, brown sugar.

T-Figgy, with the expected cornucopia of dried fruits. Plums, raisins, some brown sugar and some very light boozy warmth.

M-Very smooth, creamy and almost light, which I would have thought inconceivable in a beer this size.

D-Slides right down. Remarkably dangerous drinkability for the style.

Probably the least good beer I have had from Nebraska, but still pretty good.

HV

sholland119, Jan 01, 2011
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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.

mikedashg, Dec 06, 2009
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4.08/5  rDev +3.6%

Looks rather thin coming out of the bottle. Pours with about 2F worth of egg-nog-colored head over a deep amber body, with no apparent carbonation flowing up. Head fades to creamy film, with decent lacing.

Aromas are fairly light. Barley, whiskey, and white wine-like aromas. The alcohol comes thru much stronger as it warmed.

Creamy on the palate. Flavors have a nice, thick citrusy quality at first, coupled with cherry, chardonnay, and floral hops. Mouthfeel is spectacularly smooth for a barleywine at this strength.

Drinkability is way above average for the style - no real alchoholic heat, pleasant flavors, and great creaminess. This pup is overpriced, but I'll actually be getting a couple more to cellar for the next few years.

p.s. This would be amazing with some peppermint ice cream. Now I just need to find peppermint ice cream.

BeerImmediately, Dec 10, 2010
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4.05/5  rDev +2.8%

Appearance: Pours a tawny amber color with a finger's worth of head that leaves many traces behind

Smell: Sure, it's a bit boozy, but there are a lot of interesting elements underneath, ranging from piney hops to caramel, brown sugar and figgy malts; the whiskey barrel wafts in the background

Taste: The malts command center stage, bringing caramel, figs, dates and golden raisins; by mid-palate, however, the piney hops take over along with the whiskey barrel; hops and whiskey are both prominent in the finish

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: There is a lot to like in this barleywine; it is very well-balanced with a lot of flavors coming together; still, I can't help but say that something is missing that would take it into the top echelon and I think it has to do with the the malt bill

brentk56, Jun 25, 2012
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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.

oline73, Aug 07, 2011
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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.

ryan1788a5, Jan 02, 2014
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4.01/5  rDev +1.8%

A: burgundy - swirls of fine sediment within - fairly large, surprisingly bright-white head - keeps a collar and leaves some snotty lace - didn't dump much sediment into the glass, however, the beer appears quite hazy

S: obvious whiskey-barrel aging - vanilla? yes! - little bit of vinyl or paint-like alcohol - bubblegum, circus peanut (banana ester)

T: whiskey-barrel-aged barleywine, of course! - toasted wood, vanilla - kind of a boozy, extra malty brown ale flavor - some signs of depth (booze, raisin/fig, honeysuckle) - is that some hop bitterness? or is it a little alcohol burn? - alcohol may be a little too forward - overall, not bad but arguably muted by the barrel-derived elements and lees that slipped in

M: fairly smooth - what you'd expect from a barrel-aged barleywine - a mild nectar-y or syrupy consistency, nicely attenuated by the alcohol, adding some body complexity - moderately dry finish

O: nice body, perhaps marginally too fruity, great flavor balance, but not enough depth - the barrel aging added some nice flavors but maybe messed up what would've been a fine barleywine on its own

Bouleboubier, Jan 29, 2013
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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.

BeerAdvocate, Nov 12, 2010
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Fathead Barleywine - Reserve Series Aged In Whiskey Barrels from Nebraska Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.