Runnin’ With The Devil by Nebraska

Runnin' With The Devil Barleywine by Nebraska Brewing, La Vista, Nebraska

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Tasting: May 20, 2015
Style: Barleywine aged in rum barrels
Beer # 746
ABV: 11.9%

Runnin’ With The Devil

Nebraska Brewing is a new edition to New Jersey shelves, arriving just two weeks ago. Cross another state off my imaginary list of beers brewed by state. Unofficially, I’m at thirty-six now. I’ve seen Nebraska Brewing beer and its bomber-sized bottles in New York for some time now. Interestingly, it doesn’t seem like they move very quickly – if at all. My place in New York has had two bottles of Black Betty ($18.99) sitting there gathering dust for at least a year. Makes my wonder, while other breweries can’t keep up with demand are we getting Nebraska beer because there is no excess demand elsewhere? Hmmm.

Runnin’ With The Devil is a barleywine and the label explains that this is a rum-barrel aged version of their Fathead Barleywine and part of the brewery’s Inception Series of offerings. This bomber set me back $14.99 and for brewers, that type of price tag escalates expectations.

My impressions – Runnin’ With the Devil is a pedestrian barleywine. Booziness is somewhat subdued but it comes through as astringent and overshadows the mellow flavor. Certainly a barrel influence is evident with somewhat damp oak and rum sweetness over mild caramel. I had higher expectations but I’ll put Runnin’ With the Devil at a so-so 87 points.

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