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

BA SCORE
88
very good
133 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

Added by mikedashg on 12-06-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
133
Reviews:
43
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
10.58%
 
 
Wants:
45
Gots:
41
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 133 |  Reviews: 43
Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

alright, not seeing anyone else here with these comments, but my bottle was undoubtedly bretted, i mean, no denying that it was brett in here, supper funked out and really dry and bubbly, i loved it, despite the fact that it doesnt seem to be intentional. the bourbon aroma with the brett is cool, and the whole thing seems awfully light for a barleywine of any kind. not acidic or tangy at all, less mature brett than that, that zone where its saison and cereals and just horsey funk. it really does a good job eating up whatever sweetness was in here, this has to be one of the more dry versions of they style i have had. nowhere does it say wild ale or brett conditioned or anything, but this absolutely is. uncommon, and i like that. i disagree strongly with some of the negative reviews here, this beer is so much better than that. drinkable because its light, because the alcohol is well hidden, and because its just so darn intriguing. i have been really impressed with these guys, especially the big bottle stuff, and while this may be an unintentional infection, it tastes incredible and i like it that much more as a result!

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Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of nmann08
3.74/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of metter98
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy caramel amber in color. It poured with a short off white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of whiskey are present in the nose.
T: The taste starts off with initial flavors of whiskey and has hints of vanilla and brown sugar. There are some notes of alcohol in the finish.
M: It feels full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish has lots of warming from the alcohol.
O: This barrel-aged barley wine is all about the whiskey so you don't get much in the way of hops. It would make for a nice beer to sip and savor on a cold winter night.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of brentk56
4.05/5  rDev +2%
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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Photo of oline73
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.2/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

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Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
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

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.81/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smithj4
4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of womencantsail
3/5  rDev -24.4%
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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
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 tdm168
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
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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Photo of imperialking
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of Lare453
3.28/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dvmin98
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Gonzoillini
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a medium to dark reddish orange with a very thin ring of foam and not much visible active carbonation. Aroma dominated by whiskey, with quite mild dark stone fruit, apple and oak vanilla; still inviting. Flavor is caramel malt, whiskey, earthy and woody barrel influence, fresh and dried dark fruit; finishes with more woody vanilla and whiskey. Medium bodied with slight carbonation. This was a very interesting barleywine; the initial impression is that the malt body is lighter than normal, but as the flavor develops, more complex components become clear and work very well with the whiskey barrel. The barreling woodiness is more pronounced in this than usual, and the flavors were quite good and interesting. Although this is listed as an American barleywine, the malt and fruit components are much closer to an English barleywine, although this is not as thick and malt influenced as most in that style. Although it’s a bit off from style, I really liked this barleywine a lot and loved the woody barrel notes. Offerings from this brewery are quite rare in this area, but I would buy this again in a heartbeat. I've been very impressed by Nebraska's bigger beers and look forward to seeing more from them. I also think this would be quite interesting to cellar.

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Photo of IrishColonial
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of ShanePB
4/5  rDev +0.8%

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