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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 3.57/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   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/

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
illinismitty (2271) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NikkTwist (2960) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2017
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2017 Draft at Bru Craft. Opaque dark copper pour with soft white foam. Nice lace. Aroma of sweet berries and whiskey. Tastes of rich dark amber fruits and thick medium caramel malts. Currants. Molasses. Dates. Plums and prunes. Agave. Blackberries. Peat. Thick and sugary. Earthy hops in there as well. Some alcoholic harshness as it warms. Interesting but not perfected. Big but uncertain.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hman43 (1341) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - FEB 18, 2017
It pours a hazy medium brown with an off head head. Head retention is low. It has a deep aroma of toast and bread. There are background notes of floral and dark fruits, plums, and sugar. As it warms, the dark fruits and floral elements are closer in balance with the malts. There are sweet malt flavors with some floral elements in the background. There are some dark fruit featuring plums and raisins. The notes of whiskey are complementary, not overly done, but provides a solid background flavor. It has a full body, not quite chewy. The carbonation is low that is a good deal of alcohol warming. The finish is not hot and does add a bit of bitterness in whiskey in the aftertaste. Overall, it is balance towards the malts, but the fruity esters and whiskey provide enough background notes to create a complex flavor sensation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sirmixsomewhat (266) - Paoli, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 20, 2016
This beer is tough to judge. At 12.1%, it doesnt feel like it has a pinch of any kind. I sometimes struggle with barleywines because theyre so strong, but this doesnt do that to me. I almost resent it for it. Its stronger to smell than it is to taste, and I dont get the whiskey notes I expected to since its aged in whiskey barrels, but its a solid beer overall thats pretty easy to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mstrcrwly (1000) - New York, USA - SEP 11, 2016
bottle poured into a tulip glass..amber/burgundy with a medium off-white head.. aroma of caramel,toffee,molasses,dark fruits..tastes like it smells..bit thin and a little dry..just ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (4857) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUL 18, 2016
Nebraska fat head 12.1% With a wispsy off-white head, its a deep orange gold pour with a sharp oaky burning green hop aroma. Medium to full bodied with a rich fruity spice snd malt flavor. The booziness is too sharp but it is good. 3.6-3..7

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
melush (3467) - SPAIN - MAY 28, 2016
Bottle 75cl / Botella 75cl. @ Tanakaya Liquor Store, Tokyo, Japon. A: Dark amber / Ambar oscuro. T/S: Malt, caramel, raisins, alcohol / Malta, caramelo, uvas pasas, alcohol.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
argo0 (13778) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 25, 2016
75cl bottle. Small officer head atop clear copper body. Aroma is moderately sweet, whisky, caramel, light honey. Taste is sweet, caramel, some whisky, alcohol. Medium-full body, sticky.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beachmaster (481) - Oklahoma, USA - MAR 20, 2016
On draught. Pours jet black with a minimal khaki head. Nose is coffee and bourbon. Taste is moderate bourbon up front with the dark roast malt backbone coming through after. Creamy mouth feel but not cloying. Medium length finish. Very well made and not a typical barley wine. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ads135 (4342) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 10, 2016
A better than average barleywine and decent offering from a solid brewery. Lots of caramel, honey, with a brandy finish. Tried at the Omaha Extreme Beerfest in 2016 with Jess and the parents.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RobertDale (6061) - 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.

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