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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: 44
Gots: 28 | 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
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 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 GScow
4.62/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.35/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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 Sanderson
3.02/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Base beer is over run by the barrel. Tasted like a weak barley wine with a splash of bourbon. Mouthfeel is very thin. Not impressed.

Photo of CCutch
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DaveAnderson
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of DaftPatrick
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of MNBeer1017
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of KindaFondaGoozah
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of MinorThreat
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Prost76
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of RDW
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of dvmin98
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of calcnerd
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of jroberts8811
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of skaboom420
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of athomasPSU
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of PEIhop
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of blindpiggie
2.5/5  rDev -36.5%

Photo of MRsojourner
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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