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
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 133 |  Reviews: 43
Photo of robear
3.26/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Bandi
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 Angerhaus
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Burt
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DrStiffington
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of newbeeraday
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jcarter1221
4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of champ103
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a murky copper/brown color. A dense two finger beige head forms and sticks around as a small cap after it recedes a little. Filmy lace is left behind.
S: Lots of wood, fresh Oak aromas and tannins. Malty sweetness with some residual sugars, even some fruits. Like plums and figs.
T: Like the nose, Oak and tannins are big up front, that are almost tart and little shocking at first. After that fruity and sweet vanilla with some sugars. Big plum and fig fruit flavors.
M/O: A medium to full body. Enough carbonation to satisfy, but smooth and creamy. The bottle conditioning works well here. Surprisingly easy to drink. A big beer, but one I can sip on all day.

Maybe not my favorite Barleywine, and barrel aged at that. Though still well made. It took me a while to get use to the tannin character, but once I did this became really enjoyable.

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Photo of shirtless_mike
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pagriley
3.59/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of maz
3.59/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Domvan
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of smb71481
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ristaccia
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 vintage. Despite the age, still pretty rough around the edges. Overall, tasty, but not something I'd want more than the 8 ounces I had of nor something I'd consider worth the effort to age.

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Photo of capnamerica
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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 MickeyHops
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JEdstrom
4.68/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CTJman
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beastcpa
5/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had 2011 for first time in June 2015. Awesome tasty, very flavorful.

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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 SinjaminBentek
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fathead Barleywine - Reserve Series Aged In Whiskey Barrels from Nebraska Brewing Company
3.97 out of 5 based on 133 ratings.
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