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

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BA SCORE
3.95/5
Very Good
140 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
Ranking:
#6,887
Reviews:
45
Ratings:
140
pDev:
10.38%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
Wants:
46
Gots:
41
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 140 |  Reviews: 45
Photo of capnamerica
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
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 +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JEdstrom
4.68/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CTJman
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beastcpa
5/5  rDev +26.6%
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%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of pat61
4.61/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Fresh and over ripe fruit, dark sugars, spice, vanilla and light whiskey on the nose. It pours clean, bright dark amber to light brown under a 2” light tan tinted foam cap that rapidly dissipates to a thick film that leaves gothic window lace on the glass. Enters very creamy on the palate with a blend of dried fruit – predominantly fig and pitted fruit – plum and big malt flavors blending in with whiskey. Gets a little grainy on the finish but the hops and alcohol combine to balance the big malts. Has a very Belgian texture – light for its size and above average carbonation that is is fine and soft suggesting a very light mousse.

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Photo of GScow
4.62/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.35/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
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 Sanderson
3.02/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Base beer is over run by the barrel. Tasted like a weak barley wine with a splash of bourbon. Mouthfeel is very thin. Not impressed.

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Photo of CCutch
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DaveAnderson
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of DaftPatrick
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of MNBeer1017
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of KindaFondaGoozah
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of MinorThreat
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Prost76
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of RDW
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of dvmin98
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of calcnerd
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of jroberts8811
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a large snifter.

A: Brown/caramel colored with a mild haze. Cream colored head settles to a thin cap. Spotty lacing.

S: Light runny caramel, treacle, bread pudding, crust. Booze soaked golden raisins. Baked apples. Brown sugar. Vague tropical fruit for an instant. Whiff of alcohol. Fragrant oak and woody vanilla hints of whiskey. Subdued peppery note. Very good.

T: Bread pudding, treacle, light runny caramel, dash of cocoa, walnuts. Cherries and booze soaked golden raisins. Barrel flavors form an anchor- caramel, woody vanilla, oak, and whiskey. Bourbon-esque whiskey and a dose of brown sugar become the predominant flavors toward the end and finish things off, along with drying oak.

M: Medium-thick with a slight viscosity and a moderately chewy texture. Oak tannins are smooth and drying. Low carbonation. Warming alcohol slowly seeps into the soul. Great velvety texture.

O: Not the big, bruising, rib-sticking barleywine I expected. This is a more sophisticated beverage. Flavors mesh well and blend into each other, making for a smooth and easy drink. It tastes far more mature than it is.

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Fathead Barleywine - Reserve Series Aged In Whiskey Barrels from Nebraska Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 140 ratings
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