DocLock (9876) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 23, 2010
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
750 from CAH. Pours turbid muddy brown with minimal yet clingy off-khaki head. Nose is huge oaky, bourbony, with big malt, brown sugar, spice, yeast, and hops. Big bold complex nose. Tastes very oaky, malty, spirity, with a big earthy peaty base flavor, some backup molasses, hops, brown sugar, spice, and yeast, and an absolkutely thick, rich, dense, and amazingly complex palate and flavor. This one kicks major ass, and lightweights need not apply.
ljay6880 (475) - , Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 17, 2011
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
750ml bottle served in a tulip. Pour is cloudy mahogany with two fingers of kaki head that had decent retention and a slight show of lacing. Nose is bourbon, oak, figs, molasses, caramel, booze, bubble gum, and hops. Taste is an immediate blast of bourbon/oak/figs/molasses done to the tune of decadence. This is quickly met with an odd bubble gum and hop pallet, that contradicts the original pallet with quite a ferocity. The finish is a choppy watered marriage with different aspects sticking out at different times, depending on how the tide swelled. This is truly and amazing barley wine, one I place in the top 3 (Gratitude and barrel aged Old Toad) that I could only accurately place if I did a side by side of the three. Truly amazing!
13mikey (503) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - AUG 19, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml bottle from Josh. Hazy copper color, little to no head. Aroma and flavor were pretty much the same, both amazing stuff. Fruity notes wrapped around the oakiness and a slight whiskey flavor as well. Pretty complex mix of flavors in this but they work together VERY well. It’s pretty boozy but at the same time still has a nice smooth finish. I can’t wait to get more of this one day.
slowrunner77 (9942) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 24, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
"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."
daknole (10848) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 6, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Brown/reddish pour, light cream colored head. Aroma is sweet and bready, malty, bourbon, golden raisins, corn syrup. Flavor is very sweet and rich. Decadent vanilla, toffee, and a nice alcohol warmth. Very good stuff.
MetalNHopHead (1332) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - MAR 4, 2016
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
While Nebraska Brewing has proven itself to be versatile across the styles, it’s the rich, boozy, and malty styles that they consistently deliver on. Fathead fits perfectly in that area. The barrel aging adds some woodsy oak character without putting too much whiskey char on the body. There’s alcohol warmth and this is definitely a full-bodied brew, but it’s far from being crushingly heavy. Flavor has butterscotch, caramel, brown sugar, and hints of vanilla. Barleywines aren’t generally known for their subtlety. Fathead makes 12.1% smooth.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 10, 2010
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at the 2010 Crescent Moon Extreme Beer Festival. Has a huge oak and bourbon aroma. Big burn. Candy sweetness. This is not as overdone as many such oak-aged beers. The flavor does not seem to have taken on much from the barrel, but the aroma certainly does. I would rate this similar to the regular fathead, as it doesn’t seem to have gained that much from barrel aging.
JPDurden24 (1672) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - JUL 12, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark red/brown pour with an off white head. Bourbon, malt, dark fruit, and some nice sweet nose, Taste has glorious vanilla, and some bourbon heat and some toffee. It is a damn fine barley wine.
lukemcg (8) - Kansas, USA - FEB 1, 2015 does not count
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Much more malty than barley wines I'm accustomed to. High abv not evident. Rich caramel color and aroma
Cavie (4302) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 5, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of bu11zeye. Murky orange brown appearance. Largely present smell. Tart smells with grainy fruit. Taste is way smooth. Smoother than I was expecting. Intense flavor with hot spice. Tingles beyond belief. Malts are slight. Wow, good.