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RATINGS: 134   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 33   EST. CALORIES: 363   ABV: 12.1%
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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.

2010 World Beer Championships – Bronze Medal – Barley Wine
2013 US Open Beer Championships – Bronze Medal – Barley Wine
2014 18th Annual Great International Beer Competition – Gold Medal – Barley Wine
2015 United States Open Beer Championship – Bronze Medal – Wood / Barrel Aged Strong Stout

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ads135 (4844) - 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.

4.4
MetalNHopHead (2038) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - MAR 4, 2016
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.

4.1
HuskerTan (2320) - Ravenna, Nebraska, USA - FEB 28, 2016
Draft/Fest. A- Oak, butterscotch. A- Amber color, cloudy liquid, off white head. T- Butterscotch, complex. P- Full body, average texture, average carbonation, complex finish. O- Really tasty. The butterscotch and a bit of oak are about all that really stand out, but it’s easy to drink and nicely balanced.

3.8
TimE (5992) - Tokyo, JAPAN - FEB 25, 2016
thick malty sweet lots of bourbon oak. Heavy lovely. Big boozy and strong. Every thing I want in a winter warmer

3.9
KyotoLefty (10523) - Kyoto, JAPAN - FEB 12, 2016
Tap at Imazato. Cloudy, muddy, medium brown with lace. Good nose, bourbon, caramel, wood, peaches, vanilla. Great barrel aging balance, wood, toffee, peaches. Great bitterness. Lovely stuff and very drinkable.

3.8
jhamp9 (1917) - Corinth, Texas, USA - FEB 12, 2016
Cloudy copper pour with a white head. Aroma is sweet caramel, vanilla, and some alcohol. Taste is vanilla, whiskey, toffee, toast, and a little pine. Full body. Light booze warmth.

3.7
olr1984 (1500) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 13, 2016
750ml bottle I picked up at the beer temple. pours a dark brown with a small off white head. nice whiskey oak with a sweet caramel taste

3.1
dinkle50 (1523) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2015
Single finger foamy head, super cloudy pour with hints of orange in the color. Aroma of caramel and some burnt sugar. A wine like chardonnay thing is going on in the aroma too, which is likely the barrel. Taste has some whiskey notes and toffee. Medium bodied. Some rosy alcohol notes as well. Warming in the mouth, slight burn as well. Finishes dry.

3.7
Ernesto987 (6050) - Arizona, USA - NOV 16, 2015
wwow this is enjoyable. This isn’t a sugar bomb, its sweet less, but enjoyable with a balance of wine flavors, and some roasty dryness. Very impressive.

3.5
RobertDale (6649) - 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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