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Nebraska Reserve Series Barrel Aged Fathead

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RATINGS: 83   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 33   EST. CALORIES: 363   ABV: 12.1%
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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. 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.


2013 United States Open Beer Championship Gold Medal - Barley Wine
2010 World Beer Championships Bronze Medal – Barley Wine

2013 US Open Beer Championships – Bronze Medal – Barley Wine

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (6558) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 16, 2015
bottle at Coles Barleywine Contest 2015, pretty good, not too much BW notes but tasty. Almost a brett like flavor, fruity floral with some whiskey barrel aging notes. nice

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
lukemcg (8) - Kansas, USA - FEB 1, 2015 does not count
Much more malty than barley wines I'm accustomed to. High abv not evident. Rich caramel color and aroma

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hamilton23 (616) - Alpine, California, USA - JAN 11, 2015
Pours a rich copper color with beige head. Aroma is bread, some whiskey and a touch of candied figs. The mouthfeel is a little thin for this style of beer. I usually like a bit more legs on a BA barleywine. Some sweetness. Balanced. the booze is well hidden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ferris (6521) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 11, 2015
Bottle - Sweet vinous and plum notes. Clear dark copper with a thin white head. Sweet plum, light booze, caramel and light hoppy notes. Definitely American style, sweet and hoppy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CapFlu (4680) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 11, 2015
Thin white head atop a clouded brown body. Nose of leather and whiskey. Flavour of whiskey cask and vanilla with undertones sweet malt. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
onceblind (4964) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 24, 2014
Murky hazy brown with a big woody barrel note with slightly sour toffee. Big smooth flavor of oak, gentle whiskey and mellow dark toffee malt. Smooth and drinkable but nothing really stands out.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerGolem (727) - Quebec, CANADA - NOV 14, 2014
Bottle 750 ml. Bought in Redstone Liquor Sotre (Stoneham, MA) more than a year ago. Pours a beuatiful dark orange with tiny white head. Aroma is an exceptionnal mix of vanilla, caramel, mint, alcohol, tobaco, and whiskey. Taste is on par. Amazing warming alcohol. Beware of the high Abv. Among the good barrel aged BW.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
slowrunner77 (6336) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 24, 2014
"Whoa!! What a beautiful beer. A little different than a lot of whiskey barreled brews in that there’s still a great deal of hops coming through that provide a unique balance to the slight spice, tobacco, fruit, and bourbony vanilla flavors and aroma. Just loooved sipping on this one for a while. It was pricey, but totally worth it."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
mnemonic21 (20) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 31, 2013
I am very glad I paid half price for this because this does not impress all that well. I imagine one more year will help mellow it out but it’s not worth the money. Nevertheless, the booziness comes through big time on the nose with whiskey and light vanilla. The palate is thin yet the body is sticky with molasses that has more whiskey but drops off hard; some acerbicness at the end too.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
annunz123 (902) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 20, 2013
Full disclosure--I’m generally not a fan of beer aged in hard liquor barrels--if I want to drink scotch or whiskey or bourbon I’d drink that instead of beer--but I picked this up on special from a local store. Aroma is predictably boozy, with wood, fruit, and a little grassy hops. Flavor is the same, harsh and boozy with very little in terms of balance. Probably fine if you’re into this sort of thing, but I just find this gimmicky and harsh.

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