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AleSmith Old Numbskull - Bourbon Barrel Aged

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RATINGS: 653   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.13/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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This Barrel-Aged version of our American Barleywine Ale is matured in premium bourbon barrels for up to one year to develop its rich and intense flavor profile. The result is an amazingy complex beer that balances the caramel and toasted malt character of the Old Numbskull with notes of vanilla, oak, and bourbon from the barrel aged process. Savor this one now or continue to age it in the bottle for years to come.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
yourilevesque (1228) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 12, 2016
A huge thanks to Michael for this awesome offering! Liquide sombre d’allure de vieux Cognac, sans mousse, reflets caramélisés, rubis, orangés. Robe d’une sublimissime profondeur! Des arômes de caramel vanillé, de mélasse, d’orange, de fruits noirs, d’orge maltée. C’est profond, c’est riche. J’adore! Une bouffée de chaleur s’empare de moi lorsque glisse dans ma bouche la première gorgée. L’impression d,un doux caramel chaud me tapisser l’oesophage st loin d’être déplaisante! Un cristal de sucre y demeure toutefois collé, mais je choisis de me moquer de lui. Je suis envoûté par cette douce vanille à la profondeur du bourbon, par cette prouesse agricole issue d’une terre fertile et grasse, par ce savoir-faire brassicole qui repousse encore les limites de ce style qui me bouleverse.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hackobock (3286) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 26, 2016
August 29, 2015. Bottle at home, vintage 2012, received in a trade with AtlCarl, thanks!
Light hazy amber with a small off-white head. Aroma is sweet malty, vanilla, bourbon, toffee, figs, some toasted oak with hints of coconut. Taste is sweet malty, light bitter, some light boozy warming notes. Finish is warming bourbon notes, sweet toffee, caramel, figs, some raisins, vanilla, some bitter notes of hops and charred oak. Medium to full bodied with creamy oily texture, soft carbonation.
Very nice malty barley wine with great barrel character.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (9521) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 16, 2016
2012 bottle thanks to Gibson. Pours a cloudy brown with beige head that diminishes quickly. The aroma is burnt sugar, bourbon, wood. Thick body, chewy, roast, bourbon, vanilla, burnt sugar, really enjoyed this.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blutt59 (6469) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 31, 2016
BH7 tasting, 2005 bottle, murky brown, light caramel and bourbon nose, smooth bodied, bourbon notes, no char or wood, caramel, maple syrup, lighter finish than expected.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drsordr (2238) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 22, 2016
10 year old bottle shared by alexsdad06 pour copper brown with minimal tan head. Nose caramel, toffee, raisin, sweeter character from Bourbon, minimal oxidation. Taste sweeter malt up front, prune, molasses, then caramel, light cherry /vanilla from the barrel. Minimal oxidation. Drinks pretty nice for 10 year old.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kbudd19 (984) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 10, 2016
Bottle. Vintage 2012 acquired many moons ago, sampled side by side with the rye version. Appearance is dark brown with frothy white head. Aroma is vanilla, brown sugar, and charred oak. Taste is a hint of pine, brown sugar, vanilla and oak. Smooth finish, with no hint of booze. Really nice, lots of barrel character but I still get some nice piney undertones from the base beer.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
aleksander9 (1287) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 6, 2016
Deep red wine with white head. Complex bourbon, vanilla, herbal and spicy. Sweet, slick and lingering bourbon finish. Overall: the bourbon is incredible well implemented. Cosy-fire-place-deluxe

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hoprider (377) - DENMARK - FEB 7, 2016
Aromas of caramel, bread, banana, malts, slight hoppy spicy character but mainly big malts, raisins and barrel. Taste is full with big dark fruits, grains and hints of boozy barrel. Very rounded. Sweet but not too much. A slow sipper. Lovely big barley wine with a full mouthfeel and soft carbonation.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Hopstinopolis (28) - - JAN 24, 2016
Absolute treat for a barleywine! Aged in bottle for over a year. Pronounced bourbon on the aroma with vanilla and wood dominating. Malty and chewy body with warming alcohol finish. Perfectly balanced in terms of all relevant taste dimensions, sweetness, bitterness, and alcohol heat. Definitely worth getting your hands on this beer.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bule (1768) - California, USA - JAN 23, 2016
750ml bottle of 2013 release. Pours a brown color with a bit of head. Bourbon aroma when the cap came off. Rich caramel flavors. The bourbon overpowers a little at first but the. Balances nicely with some time to breathe. Some plum notes.


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