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

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77 Ratings

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Ratings: 77
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 41
Gots: 26 | 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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3/5  rDev -23.7%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Juuroumaru
4.88/5  rDev +24.2%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.93/5  rDev 0%
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

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of tdm168
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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4.73/5  rDev +20.4%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
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

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4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
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).

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Fathead Barleywine - Reserve Series Aged In Whiskey Barrels from Nebraska Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.