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

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BA SCORE
88
very good

75 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.68%
Wants: 36
Gots: 25 | FT: 2
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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t0rin0

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

11-22-2012 23:24:17 | More by t0rin0
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brentk56

North Carolina

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

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2012 23:01:10 | More by brentk56
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.23/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2011 02:48:17 | More by Phyl21ca
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womencantsail

California

3/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2011 23:42:43 | More by womencantsail
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

12-21-2013 20:18:33 | More by jaydoc
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zeff80

Missouri

3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a hazy, dirty burgundy color with a one-finger, off-white head of thick foam. Pretty good head retention and some soapy trails of foam were left behind.

S - It smelled of oak, vanilla and some whiskey. Some boozy heat in the nose.

T - Some dried dark fruit flavors - plum, maybe. Vanilla, caramel some oak. Whiskey flavor is muted but present.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium to full bodied ale with a very dry finish.

D - This is a very good barrel aged barleywine. I enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 02:37:34 | More by zeff80
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2013 05:07:11 | More by russpowell
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oline73

Maryland

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 22:33:22 | More by oline73
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imperialking

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

03-02-2013 21:47:57 | More by imperialking
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Wasatch

Utah

4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2010 23:07:25 | More by Wasatch
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

02-09-2013 03:55:09 | More by Gonzoillini
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mdaschaf

Washington

3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2011 13:23:20 | More by mdaschaf
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tdm168

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 12:19:38 | More by tdm168
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Kelp

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

01-23-2013 05:08:21 | More by Kelp
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

11-28-2013 14:20:05 | More by PEIhop
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THECPJ

Delaware

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

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: dark brown with a orange hue 1 finger off white head

smell: vanilla, whiskey, sweet, caramel sugar

taste: sweet, caramel, malts, alcohol

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body

overall: I'm usually not a fan of american barleywine's but this was tasty and I think it's do to the whiskey barrel aging.

Cheers,
The CPJ

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2011 20:58:04 | More by THECPJ
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.5%

07-31-2013 17:27:36 | More by ShanePB
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 15:06:02 | More by OWSLEY069
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illidurit

California

4/5  rDev +1.5%

07-07-2013 17:21:25 | More by illidurit
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Gobzilla

California

4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 08:22:15 | More by Gobzilla
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drpimento

Wisconsin

3.4/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2011 03:06:05 | More by drpimento
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FosterJM

California

3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2011 05:03:00 | More by FosterJM
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maximum12

Minnesota

3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 02:30:06 | More by maximum12
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

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

Been on a Barrel Aged Barley wine kick lately. Picked this up at Berman’s a couple weeks ago.

Quite a creamy and substantive head forms on top this beer and stays for quite a long time. Eventually gravity wins the battle and a ¼ inch of tight foam caps the beer. Fairly classic beep amber color with just a slight hint of maroon. Good clarity and color.

Whiskey wins the day in the aroma. Some raw wood, coconut and the whiskey itself. A touch of malt sweetness, but very mild.

It bores me to say the flavor follows the aroma and I usually try to avoid that. Can’t here as they are so in sync. Everything mentioned above is there in almost the same ratio. The coconut and raw wood are on stage here. I am more of a fan of bourbon with the vanilla flavors. There is a touch of musty malt at the end here as well.

Not quite as bold of body as I had anticipated.

A decent beer, but not among my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2011 18:58:53 | More by Reagan1984
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 02:50:50 | More by thecheapies
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Fathead Barleywine - Reserve Series Aged In Whiskey Barrels from Nebraska Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.