Vanilla Bean Fathead
Nebraska Brewing Company

Vanilla Bean FatheadVanilla Bean Fathead
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Style:
American Barleywine
Ranked #169
ABV:
11.5%
Score:
88
Ranked #16,247
Avg:
3.99 | pDev: 6.77%
Reviews:
7
Ratings:
24
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Nebraska Brewing Company
 
Nebraska, United States
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Very Good
Vanilla Bean FatheadVanilla Bean Fathead
Notes: Aged in American Craft whiskey barrels
Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 24
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper-colored with an almost non-existent beige head.
Aroma of dark fruit and vanilla.
Raisins/prunes in the taste. Vanilla. Oak.
Smooth, alcohol well-hidden.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy deep ruby red/copper color with a 1 finger dense cream colored head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big caramel, vanilla, raisin, plum, fig, date, pear, orange, peach, apricot, red apple, brown sugar, toffee, whiskey, toasted oak, and brown bread; with light notes of coconut, roast, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, whiskey barrels, and light-moderate citrus/earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big caramel, vanilla, raisin, plum, fig, date, pear, orange, peach, apricot, red apple, brown sugar, toffee, whiskey, toasted oak, and brown bread; with light notes of coconut, roast, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/floral/grassy hop bitterness and whiskey/oak tannin spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of caramel, vanilla, raisin, plum, fig, date, pear, orange, peach, apricot, red apple, brown sugar, toffee, whiskey, toasted oak, brown bread, light coconut/roast, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, whiskey barrels, and light-moderate citrus/earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness and whiskey/oak spiciness balance; with zero cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitterness and whiskey/oak spiciness. Medium carbonation and fairly full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/bready, and lightly slick/sticky/tannic mouthfeel that is great. Mildly increasing warmth of 11.5%, with zero barrel booziness lingering after the finish. Overall this is an excellent barelywine! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, whiskey barrels, and light-moderate citrus/earthy hop flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the big ABV. Awesome balance of rich malts, citrus/earthy hops, and fruity yeast; with perfect barrel integration/balance. Not overly bitter, tannic, or drying. Definitely feels like a hybrid of American/English styles. A very enjoyable offering, and spot on style example.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: pours dark brown with a finger of off white head
S: a little sharp alcohol and slight vanilla
T: nice touch if vanilla throughout to smooth the harsher barrel. Decent flavors, light on the caramel sweetness I look for.
F: medium thickness but smooth.

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Photo of darktronica
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a lovely copper color from the 500mL bottle, with a finger of head and good retained lacing. The aroma is prominently a lightly tart, plain yogurt, with some vanilla undertones and caramel. That has me on alert for potential unwanted critters, but this is less plain on the palate, which layers in some floral hop character and wood chip notes. Moderately full body.

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Photo of Suds
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a tall bottle, this brew is a brownish amber color with an off-white slim head. The aroma is boozy...malty...spicy and complex. Licorice, vanilla, wood...lots going on. The taste is semi-sweet, with lots of warmth and body. Full, heavy, serious.

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Photo of stephens101
4.26/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reddish-brown with a bubbly tan froth that simmers down quickly.

Has an involving aroma with caramel, vanilla, dark fruits and candy.

Tastes of caramel, milk chocolate, plum, allspice, vanilla, syrup and grain. Very complex, very tasty, and very balanced.

Heavier side of medium in body and quite smooth for its class. Alcohol heat is slightly noticed in the finish.

I love vanilla, so find this to be a very welcomed additional to an already excellent brew.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

its hard to say something negative about a beer that features fresh vanilla this prominently, but i really do think its a little overdone in this beer, and where i wished for more coffee in that fathead variant, i thought this could have been scaled back a little on the extra ingredient. this is one of nebraskas best base beers, one heck of a tasty barleywine, and it already features a lot of that vanilla whiskey complexion in it, so the extra vanilla almost makes this too intense. its like candy or something, or like eating marshmallows, the first few are great, but how many do you really want? even when you are baked, the 10th one is pretty gross. thats kind of how this is, really nice in small doses, but by the end of the glass i was totally over it and my teeth hurt. it also seems more boozy than the base beer in its own right, which i dont quite understand, there should not have been much fermentable sugar in the beans, but it tastes hot, especially at temperature. overall though still a really monumental barleywine, an awesome example of the style, and sure to please those who think vanilla cannot be overdosed in a beer...

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Vanilla Bean Fathead from Nebraska Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 24 ratings