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

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BA SCORE
88
very good

84 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 84
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.68%
Wants: 43
Gots: 27 | 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:
Beer added by: mikedashg on 12-06-2009

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
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Ratings: 84 | Reviews: 36 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of wpqx
5/5  rDev +26.9%

Photo of bigdaddypolite
5/5  rDev +26.9%

Photo of Sintech
5/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite barleywine made in Nebraska!

Photo of Juuroumaru
4.87/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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.

Photo of joefuzz
4.7/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of GScow
4.62/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of pat61
4.61/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Fresh and over ripe fruit, dark sugars, spice, vanilla and light whiskey on the nose. It pours clean, bright dark amber to light brown under a 2” light tan tinted foam cap that rapidly dissipates to a thick film that leaves gothic window lace on the glass. Enters very creamy on the palate with a blend of dried fruit – predominantly fig and pitted fruit – plum and big malt flavors blending in with whiskey. Gets a little grainy on the finish but the hops and alcohol combine to balance the big malts. Has a very Belgian texture – light for its size and above average carbonation that is is fine and soft suggesting a very light mousse.

Photo of KindaFondaGoozah
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Greywulfken
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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).

Photo of tdm168
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of RDW
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of MRsojourner
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of jayhunter357
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

alright, not seeing anyone else here with these comments, but my bottle was undoubtedly bretted, i mean, no denying that it was brett in here, supper funked out and really dry and bubbly, i loved it, despite the fact that it doesnt seem to be intentional. the bourbon aroma with the brett is cool, and the whole thing seems awfully light for a barleywine of any kind. not acidic or tangy at all, less mature brett than that, that zone where its saison and cereals and just horsey funk. it really does a good job eating up whatever sweetness was in here, this has to be one of the more dry versions of they style i have had. nowhere does it say wild ale or brett conditioned or anything, but this absolutely is. uncommon, and i like that. i disagree strongly with some of the negative reviews here, this beer is so much better than that. drinkable because its light, because the alcohol is well hidden, and because its just so darn intriguing. i have been really impressed with these guys, especially the big bottle stuff, and while this may be an unintentional infection, it tastes incredible and i like it that much more as a result!

Photo of sholland119
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Gobzilla
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of brentk56
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of mikedashg
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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