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RATINGS: 649   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.13/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ebone1988 (1014) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - JUL 19, 2015
Bottle shared with koleminer20. 2012 vintage. Aroma is dark fruit, booze, malt, caramel, toffee, nice. Appearance is brown, light brown head. Taste is balanced, figs, caramel, toffee, booze, fantastic. Mouthfeel is thick, boozy, great carbonation, long-lasting flavor. Overall, this is a wonderful representation of the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BiiruBierBeer (911) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 25, 2015
Very bourbony smell with butterscotch. Thick sticky mouthfeel but has a little alcohol heat to it. Taste is caramel, butterscotch, and heavy bourbon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
hayduke (4458) - Eureka, California, USA - JUN 20, 2015
Not sure why this one kept getting passed over at the bottle sharing at the R bSG but I ended up,with most of the bottle. Poured jet black with no head. Nose of ripe fruit and bourbon notes. Bold in body with a c,lean though somewhat alcoholic mouth feel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbruner (3780) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - APR 6, 2015
Bottle at catch 22 bottle share! Pours a deep golden brown with minimal tan head. Aroma is big on the barrel and sweetness. Taste follows, but not as good as brandy, super hoppy still. Overall an awesome brew for sure, booze is well hidden or l was already drunk at this point.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DuffMan (8923) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 6, 2015
Bottle, shared with Parksy, phantomhennes, heavylaevy, and TvM. 2005 Vintage. This beer was the official first brew to toast our new home in Desert Blume! Murky amber with golden highlights, chunky beige head. Aroma is very rich, brothy and bready with sweet bourbon undertones. The palate delivers thick chewy malt structure, bread and brown sugar, notes of vanilla, oak, and a touch of leather and spice. No hint of the ABV. Heavy and rich but with a dry finish. The bourbon is almost hidden in the rich malts, which serves this beer well. Just fantastic.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
maxwelldeux (4291) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - MAR 20, 2015
This is how Iím celebrating my 4000th rating. Bottle. Pours a clear dark amber color with a reddish tinge and a moderate light tan head on there. Nose has some nice grains and caramel to it, with the bourbon providing a nice complement over top without dominating. Taste is actually pretty dry, with barley coming through and a dry bourbony bite. Super warming, yet subtle. Great brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DSG (10579) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAR 16, 2015
[2/19/15] Bottle at the hotel in San Diego. Thanks Tom L. Bottle broke in Tomís bag, but there was a bit of beer left in the bottom piece of the bottle, so, as a dedicated ticker, I had to rateÖ Aroma of bourbon, caramel, vanilla, malt, dark fruits. Flavor is sweetish (yet not VERY sweet), fruity, caramel, vanilla, a vinous note, wood. Seems rather light for a bourbon-barrel Barley Wine. Very nice, but not great. Definitely need to try again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
keepersj12 (3045) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - MAR 7, 2015
Dark caramel color with a thin head. The aroma is loaded with vanilla and wood, caramel and roast malt. The flavor is similar. Very full bodied and very warming.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
thome50 (1276) - Morro Bay via Orange County, California, USA - MAR 4, 2015
Bottle at the March Libertine Bottle Share. Pours a copper to brown with no head. Aroma is burnt sugar, oak and booze. Taste is sweet and bourbon forward. Caramel and some slight bitterness that I canít describe well on the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
joeneugs (5355) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 17, 2015
On tap at Mikkeller Bar. It pours a dark brown/ruby color with a khaki head. The aroma has lots of bourbon, red fruit, nuts, sweet vanilla, caramel, cherry, raisin and fig. The flavor is pretty much the same. The alcohol presence is strong, but the body is a bit thinner than expected. The carbonation also seems kind of low, but gets more prickly in the finish. Nice, balanced nutty barrel notes as well. Overall, pretty tasty, but not one of the best BA barleywines Iíve had on account of the weak mouthfeel. Easier to drink than most though, I will give it that.

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