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RATINGS: 11   MEAN: 3.49/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 336   ABV: 11.2%
Fathead started out as a Strong Scotch Ale but has morphed over time into Barleywine territory. This beer features an addition of dark brown sugar to boost the alcohol and contribute a unique caramel/molasses character. Hopped with just enough Centennial and Cascade to offset the slight sweetness of this big, warming beer.


2009 US Open Beer Championships Silver Medal - Barley Wine

Ratings for the Reserve Series (Barrel Aged) version should be entered here: http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/nebraska-reserve-series-barrel-aged-fathead/111921/

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RobertDale (4732) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - NOV 12, 2015
Sample at Strong Ale Fest 2015. Comes reddish brown with a decent beige head. Aroma of malt, fruit, and caramel. Taste is malt, dark fruit, caramel, and some alcohol. Pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jefcon (1565) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAR 14, 2015
Dry, boozy and bitter, with a pleasant sweetness. Great companion to food, and very enjoyable all by itself. Plenty of floral elements from the hops, too.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JK (5411) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - FEB 21, 2015
Sampled at festival. Dry and bitter, some alcohol and there are hops as well. One of the more dry barleywines I have had in a long time. Aftertaste is dry with more alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmoreau (3266) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - AUG 11, 2013
Cellared 750 ml. bottle shared at the Sheraton Madison club level lounge for a post Great Taste party among friends. Thanks Chuck! Poured to "on the rocks" samplers showing good clarity to the mahogany color, but very modest off white head foam, as well as light lacing, but some leggy coating on the glass. The nose was dark fruit as raisin and prune, caramel, with some brown sugar sweetness. The flavor was similar, adding a low hop bitterness, maybe just a touch of tartness that was effervescence assisted, hidden alcohol at this point in my day, and a very smooth mouthfeel. Medium+ bodied, with appropriate carbonation. Nicely aged, and a very tasty toasting brew for the occasion.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
unclemike (2747) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - MAY 24, 2013
Dark amber coloured body with a small tan head. Aroma of pit fruits, caramel and toffee-very nice! Medium to Full-bodied; Strong sweet flavour with good prunes and caramel in the taste. Aftertaste sweet and not bitter at all

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
AmykalH04 (35) - - MAY 15, 2013
A- pours a nice brown/caramel color with a solid tan head. S- I get the whiskey barrel on the nose along with caramel notes. T- Caramel greatness with a touch of whiskey and maybe a hint of vanilla. M- Very smooth coasting across the tongue O- a very well balanced malty barleywine with a nice hint of whiskey. Wish i had another one of these to age.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 25, 2012
Bottle. Parks dark brown. Vanilla and oak nose. Flavor of dark caramel with a hint of roast, and I pick up lots of black licorice. Very dry and perhaps too overattenuated for my tastes

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoePeesie (920) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - JAN 30, 2012
FoBAB 11’- well above average, but not game changing. Pours a ruby brown with an off white head. Nose and taste is of sweet malts, molasses, maybe fig’s. The hops are a sharp contrast to the malts and actually take away a bit from the balance of the beer IMO. Well worth trying.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Damico (3053) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 27, 2011
The beer pours murky brown and gives the appearance of sediment in there. The aroma is super boozy - like isopropyl alcohol. The beer is boozy as well in flavor on a very thick body. You don’t get the big notes of resiny sweetness, but the hops are still there.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skyview (5411) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - AUG 22, 2010
On draught during GTMW 2010 in Madison, Wisconsin. Pours a semi clear orange amber colored brew with a thin off-white head that quickly dissipates to a thin ring. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, a hint of bubble gum, raisins, chocolate and a hint of toffee. Taste is full bodied, sweet malty character of caramel, molasses, toffee, figs and raisin. Finish is sweet and alcohol-ish with a bite. A little hot for now but after five years, this would be something to really try.

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