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

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3.94/5
Very Good
147 Ratings
Fathead Barleywine - Reserve Series Aged In Whiskey BarrelsFathead Barleywine - Reserve Series Aged In Whiskey Barrels
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Nebraska Brewing Company
Nebraska, United States
nebraskabrewingco.com

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.10%

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 STATS
Ranking:
#12,693
Reviews:
47
Ratings:
147
pDev:
10.41%
 
 
Wants:
46
Gots:
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Ratings: 147 |  Reviews: 47
Photo of dafla67
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
2.9/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Gusher, something off

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml bottle into glass. No dating found, but the label is the color of purplish brown (2017 or 2018?).
Cloudy, deep amber colored body (each pour results in a darker colored body). Each pour elicits one finger of egg shell white head, which is bubbly and fizzy. There is close to a cascade effect as the head forms from the pour. The head sticks around as a full cap, with various sized bubbles. Foam on the side of the glass with each sip mostly disappears but a few small spots remain.
Aroma has lots of caramel notes from the dark brown sugar and malts. Has plum dark fruit notes. Slight oak wood notes, and a sweet note from the whisky barrel. Vanilla is a slight whiff.
Taste has the main components of caramel and whiskey (both of which provide a sweeter flavor), dark fruit of plum and raisin, the oak from the whiskey barrel, and the smoothness of vanilla.
Mouth feel is close to full, and has the texture of syrup. Very smooth. Good carbonation.
This beer is so easy drinking for an ABV% of 12.1. At the very end, the alcohol wafts up into the nose. The aroma and flavors are balanced, but lack somewhat in depth and expressiveness. Still this is a candy of a beer and very enjoyable.

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Photo of stakem
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2010 vintage 750ml bottle poured into a tulip appears a clear dark mahogany color with khaki head.

An aroma of spicy oak, incense, quite fruity/floral smelling.

It tastes dry woody with caramel malt, faintly sweet, herbal and floral/vinous with warming alcohol.

This is medium to light in body with modest carbonation. Not bad but still hot for 8 years old

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Photo of jgunther71
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of fosters9
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of TerryMills
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a really good beer, hides the abv well and isn't overly whisky flavored..

A bit sweet but I suppose that's par for the style .. Nice dark fruit flavors .

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

Pours a cloudy reddish amber color with a finger width foamy head. Head retention is good. Lacing is decent. Malty brown sugar aroma. Maybe some dark fruit. Alcohol content evident. Definite brown sugar and molasses on the taste. Whiskey throughout. Smooth bodied. Low carbonation.

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Photo of petewheeler
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of TylerJ
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GetTheYayo
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jsalz21
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dms1767
3.44/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mjwellman
4.65/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: Pours cloudy medium brown color with the a three finger creamy white head.
S: Sweet, oak aroma. I don't pick up on the whiskey but it has a wonderful complex aroma
T: the taste is just as complex as the aroma. There is a light vanilla sweetness to it with a hint of the whiskey. There is a trace of bitterness towards the end.
F: Light carbonation, sweet but feels wonderful on the palate.
O: Damn fine beer. Can't say I've been a barelywine beer fan but I can drink this one all night. Nebraska does it again. Another fine beer from them.

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Photo of alcohline_trip
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of madelf66
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Odysseyalien
3.3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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

Photo of iheartgeist
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared with Nimrod, aka huhzubendah. Nice to sip - sweeter than expected but still enjoyable. Molasses and honey notes with a lingering sugary aftertaste. Beautiful amber color with good head retention.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared with Lauren, aka iheartgeist.

Murky copper body a thick, creamy, khaki hued head that coats the glass in sticky lacing. Aromas include oak, sweet, fruity malts, breads, vanilla, oak, whiskey. The beer improves as it is allowed to warm and open up a bit. Sweet, but not overpowering, and appropriate for the style. Gentle alcohol warmth late palate. Medium-full bodied. Enjoyable.

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Photo of SheaDawg
4.52/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bmeehan
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is tough to judge. At 12.1%, it doesn't feel like it has a pinch of any kind. I sometimes struggle with barleywines because they're so strong, but this doesn't do that to me. I almost resent it for it. It's stronger to smell than it is to taste, and I don't get the whiskey notes I expected to since it's aged in whiskey barrels, but it's a solid beer overall that's pretty easy to drink.

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Photo of CoreyC
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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