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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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2.5/5  rDev -36.5%

blindpiggie, Nov 24, 2013
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2.73/5  rDev -30.7%

Courtesy of ratebeer's very own markwise. Pours out copper with tan head. The aroma is pure whiskey with thin veins of vanilla and oak. I guess there’s beer in here somewhere too. Hmm. Don’t smell any beer. OK. The taste is all barrel booze, just like the nose, with straight up fortified whiskey, some vanilla and modest levels of oak. They did put beer in the barrel, right? Wow. I wonder how good the beer was that was lost in this barrel. Maybe it is better I don't know.

BigMcLargeHuge, Jul 06, 2011
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3/5  rDev -23.9%

Thanks to Eric for sending me this bottle awhile back.

A: The pour is almost flat and pours a murky orange-amber color. I don't see any foam/head at all.

S: This is a damn boozy beer. The nose is almost completely dominated by the whiskey aroma. In fact, that, coupled with the intense oakiness, brings out an almost sour aroma. Strangely, I get a bit of pineapple and maybe some green apple.

T: There is a bit of bread, toffee, and caramel here. It's decently sweet, but the whiskey aroma once again absolutely overwhelms this beer. Tons of oak and maybe a hint of vanilla.

M: The body is medium with a very, very low level of carbonation.

D: Kind of disappointing and difficult to drink with all the booze going on.

womencantsail, Feb 11, 2011
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3/5  rDev -23.9%

APB, Aug 16, 2013
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3/5  rDev -23.9%

bigorange, Dec 19, 2011
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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.

Phyl21ca, May 16, 2011
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3.4/5  rDev -13.7%

Poured with a medium sized off white, fine head and a little lace. Color was a slightly hazy amber, Aroma was malt, yeast, caramel, hop, solvents. Flavor what exactly like nose plus a little carbonic tang. Body and carbonation ok. Finish is like flavor and on the short side. No hint of alcohol.

drpimento, Dec 23, 2011
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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.

Dope, Sep 15, 2013
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3.45/5  rDev -12.4%

Thanks to RandomBattle & iasanlee who both answered my call for Nebraska brews. Had a few tasters at the Great Taste of the Midwest in Madison & crowned it the best new discovery of the 'fest. Needed some of their beers. And here one is now. Split this solid bomber with my wife. Vintage 2009.

Pours a slurry brown that looks like something that should be held in great toxic ponds. Smell is knockout whiskey with litters of mild oxidation & apple?

Fathead clearly left a significant amount of whiskey in the barrels it was aged in, hiza. Whiskey oozes out of its pores & leaves a cheery stain on the flesh. There's a bit of char, maybe caramel, malts, but really, nothing of any depth here. Straight-up whiskey, & dry as Trigger Gulch at high noon. Not that that's bad, I just wanted more.

Pretty good beer, but after the beers I've had from Nebraska I was hoping for more. But if all mild disappointments tasted this good, the world would be a much sunnier place.

maximum12, Nov 03, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Tibi81, Jan 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

IrishColonial, Feb 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

PEIhop, Nov 28, 2013
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3.63/5  rDev -7.9%

Nebraska Fathead

Poured into a brandy snifter.

Mahogany color of a body with a taupe-colored head of not even one finger. It has since fallen to a loosely-knit pattern of bubbles and ring. Not much cling to the glass with the exception of alcohol legs. Can't expect much more from such a big beer.

Dipping my nose into this one (still too cold, mind you), I get the whiskey barrel and loads of fruit. Black cherries, Fig Newtons, brown sugar, and a light caramel. There's not an overpowering oak presence, but there is some definitive vanilla extract as a byproduct. A musty odor with a whale of a malt bill, one can tell. Some faint citrus/pine hop comes wafting in.

Yep, this one's huge. Alcohol is a little numbing, but slowly yields to woody flavors of an oaky whiskey, vanilla, caramelized sugars, and bing cherries. There's also plum, brandy, and heaps of caramel malts and crystal malts. Has a rum cake presentation of the grain bill. I'd be really interested to know what this would have tasted like before it was aged in the barrel. Seems a little thin in taste without the whiskey presence, which is smooth and satiating going down. The alcohol is still intense, and a year or two in the pantry might iron that out. I have another bottle to wait on. Fathead isn't overly sweet, there is a nice biting bitterness that couples with an alcohol burn in the mouth and throat and stomach. That a nice buttery quality that accelerates as it warms.

Hot, hot, hot! A big no-no, even in this fresh bottle. Can't think that the boys of Nebraska brewing intended their barrel-aged barleywine to go down like a liqueur. The carbonation is lacking, in addition. You can't just plow through this one. It's a bold sipper. Milky feel of the body gives it some chewiness.

I'm very intrigued as to see where this one goes after some time laid down. If ya got 'em, sit on 'em. Try it in a year. It's too hot right now.

thecheapies, Feb 25, 2012
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3.65/5  rDev -7.4%

Garnet in color with many particulates in suspension. An slightly off white head of a half inch turns into an foamy topper and nice creamy ring around the glass.

Lots of dried fig and date at the forefront of the aroma. Followed by milk chocolate, toasted vanilla, charred oak, raisin and a hint of earth and fresh baked cinnamon bread.

Big and english in style, which I prefer. Big juicy date and fig, raisin and plum. Bourbon comes through nicely with a good amount of vanilla and toasted oak on the finish. An earthy, almost herbal flavor deep into the finish. Fresh baked rustic crusty breads, with a immense deep sweet malt intensity. The middle is slightly missing and carbonation seems a bit off from making this beer really shine. Otherwise very nice. But not near the asking cost of $25 a bottle.

mcallister, Feb 26, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Gonzoillini, Feb 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

jaydoc, Dec 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

MinorThreat, Apr 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

TomClem, Jul 10, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Kelp, Jan 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

t0rin0, Nov 22, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

MNBeer1017, May 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

skaboom420, Dec 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

imperialking, Mar 02, 2013
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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.

kingcrowing, Jun 26, 2010
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3.85/5  rDev -2.3%

452nd review on BA
bottle to snifter
750 ML
2011 Bottle- Bought at NS in Lincoln, NE

App- A huge pillowy two finger head. A dark dark orange with only dots of cling.

Smell- A lot of citrus dominates this one. Leaning towards orange but could be mistaken for some tangerine. A bit of oaky vanilla as well.

Taste- A good barleywine with nice soft flavors. A lot softer than a lot of the bigger BW's I have lately and leaves itself in the middle. Not a huge booze fest or a DIPA but nice middle of the road.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Leaves a smooth mamoasa(spelling?) feel. A little orange and booze.

Drink- It's quite different than what I expected. Not a booze fest not a DIPA but right in the middle. I could drink a couple bottles of this one. It's fairly balanced and at the end a little spicy.

FosterJM, May 09, 2011
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Fathead Barleywine - Reserve Series Aged In Whiskey Barrels from Nebraska Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.