OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - OCT 9, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Couleur brune et foncée, faible quantité de mousse beige pale. Arômes d’érable, de vanille, d’alcool, de fleurs d’orangés sous un soupçon de fumée. Intenses flaveurs boisées et sucrées des malts sur un puissant mordant de houblon amer contribuant aux saveurs d’écorce d’orange et de résine de conifères. L’alcool est très présent et confère de saveurs de whisky, de vanille et d’encre. Texture huileuse et résineuse, corps d’épaisseur semi mince à moyenne, douce et faible carbonatation.
zathrus13 (1728) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - OCT 7, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 2004. Pours a cloudy amber/orange, with a tan or off white head. Aromas are sweet malt, fruit, with lesser amounts of oak, bourbon, and hops. Flavor is fruit, malt, hops, brown sugar, and bourbon, but the bourbon is understated. The end is somewhat bitter. Body is heavy. I wish the bourbon was more apparent in the aroma and taste. I gets better as it warms up. Thanks to Foolish_Mortal, sickBoy282, and Crosling for each trading me a bottle of this rare treat.
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 6, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
RBESG 2005, Murky amber colour with a small off white head. Very sweet aroma with hints of coconut and alcohol along with a hoppy touch. Sweet buttery flavor with oak notes and a sweet alcohol finish.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 4, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
2004: Pour is hazy orangey amber with a nice big billowy tan head...well carbonated...smell is sweet and oaky with caramel and molasses notes...taste is balanced between sweet brown sugar and nice oak flavors...the hops killed the regular numbskull for me, but the sweet and oak dominated the hops in this making it amazingly balanced...I met Peter at the Alesmith booth when he was just smiling and holding this...I must get more...
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 30, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Zug4abby for a bottle of the ’04 edition of this hard to come by brew. Went into the tasting with very high expectations, and even though my score is a 3.8, I wasnt dissapointed. While its true it didnt bust through my top 10 or 20, it was still a solid brew. Pour was murky brown with some descent chunks hanging around. Aroma full of alcohol, vanilla, caramel, and overall very sweet. Taste was very simialr, quite sweet, the oak coming through quite strong, alcohol quite present. Definitley a well made brew. Wish I had another to cellar.
skaughty (650) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - SEP 17, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle #26, courtesy of JohnC
Aroma if a heath bar - a little chocolate, a little caramel, a little toffee. The flavor is heavily sweet, with a syrupy palate. Rich and warming, with no harness (save the potent alcohol in the nose). This is a friendly barleywine - enhanced by the oak.
fordest (2014) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - SEP 14, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow, Outstanding. Bottle #226 of 240. That means they got less than 15 left I guess. While at the Stone 9th Ann. Party, the Alesmith people said they expected this to be the last week it was availiable. I could dectect the wood in the nose, but the flavor was outstanding. All the molasses, and currants, and toffee, and other dark fruits, and the Barrell too. What a great flavor. Excellent Aged like this.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 13, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Lots going on in this one. Sweet, sweet caramel, with some soy sauce stickyness. Wood/oak, raisins and of course that sweet bourbon character. A fair hit of alcohol, but relatively well hidden. It was tasty, but a bit too over the top for me i guess.
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 8, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
’02 bottling, Bottle 64 kindly provided by Jason. Clear brown-amber body under a thin white head. Cedar, wheat bread, vanilla all wrapped up in sort of a woody but very smooth and well-blended aroma. The barrel-aging did this beer very well. It adds a creamy, smooth, angel food cake slash whipped cream element on top of the regular Old Numbskull pruny, alcohol, depp carmel malt.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 31, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2006 Slightly darker amber than the non-BA one. Soapier head.
Some alcohol in nose, I could say that the BA gives way to vanilla and oak, but that would be a lie. All I get is a great, smooth aroma. Some thoughts are lavendar perfumey malt. After a while, some bready sweetness that reminds me of working at Six Flags Great America. Perhaps some specific caramel or cinnamon.
Some slight sweet wood in taste. Flavor has something sticking out in it that is slightly different than the normal version; some fresh rindiness or something. Also some well blended oxigenation. Also some blended alcohol flavors.
I think I forgot to wrap up this rating.... Overall, it was very well blended... hidden complexities all over the place. One of those beers that is hard to describe because everything overlaps to perfection.