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RATINGS: 111   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 33   EST. CALORIES: 363   ABV: 12.1%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 Stranahans 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.

Note: 750ml BOTTLED VERSION

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

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4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DocLock (10260) - 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
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
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
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
shawnmurphy (53) - 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, its surprisingly smooth and drinkable with a clean, almost Belgian-style finish.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
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. Its pretty boozy but at the same time still has a nice smooth finish. I cant wait to get more of this one day.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
slowrunner77 (11023) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 24, 2014
"Whoa!! What a beautiful beer. A little different than a lot of whiskey barreled brews in that theres 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
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
daknole (10923) - 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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MetalNHopHead (1693) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - MAR 4, 2016
While Nebraska Brewing has proven itself to be versatile across the styles, its 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. Theres alcohol warmth and this is definitely a full-bodied brew, but its far from being crushingly heavy. Flavor has butterscotch, caramel, brown sugar, and hints of vanilla. Barleywines arent generally known for their subtlety. Fathead makes 12.1% smooth.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 10, 2010
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 doesnt seem to have gained that much from barrel aging.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JPDurden24 (1675) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - JUL 12, 2012
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.

4.3
   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


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