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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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4.7
DocLock (11048) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 23, 2010
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.

4.6
ljay6880 (475) - , Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 17, 2011
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!

4.6
shawnmurphy (610) - Plattsburgh, New York, USA - NOV 22, 2016
A very good bourbon-barrel-aged barleywine. I wish beers like this were brewed in Nebraska when I lived there in the mid-90s! 750 ml bottle poured into a small Sam Adams Utopias snifter, which does the glass justice. Pours a hazy brown with a healthy tan head on top, which slightly laces to the glass as you sip. Aroma is molasses bread, bourbon and brown sugar. Taste is caramel, pecans, brown sugar, figs, vanilla beans, white pepper and charred oak, followed by a pleasant boozy burn. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and slightly chewy; for a 12.1 percent brew, it’s surprisingly smooth and drinkable with a clean, almost Belgian-style finish.

4.5
13mikey (503) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - AUG 19, 2010
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.

4.5
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.

4.5
slowrunner77 (12895) - 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."

4.4
daknole (11402) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 6, 2012
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.

4.4
MetalNHopHead (2191) - 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.

4.4
Beachmaster (580) - 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.


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