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Old Numbskull aged in bourbon barrels. Limited release December 2004 available only at the brewery in individually numbered 750 mL foil-topped bottles. The first barrel-aged batch was brewed in 2002, racked to an oak bourbon barrel in 2003, and bottled in 2004. A second barrel-aged batch was brewed in 2004 and released in September of 2006.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (7348) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 13, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2008 2008-03-01. 2005 Vintage. Sweet boozy aroma, sweet malt, wood, hints at molasses (7+) Similar flavour, sweet malt up front, dry alcohol bitterness to round it out. Rich but not over powering (8+) Smooth medium palate is a bit under carbonated but still quite lovely. Nice, I think some age has improved this one. Bottle, Shared by the British contingent at Zythos Festival, St. Niklaas 8/3/8/4/17-18 - 4.0 <P>RBSG 2005. Unknown Vintage. Eagerly anticipated, this was a let down. Orange amber body with a small off white head. Aroma seems more alcoholic than the regular, as does the flavour but this might drop off with age. Flavour seems to have a mild acidity lurking underneath, and similarly pleasant hops as the non-BA but overall I don’t know that the barrel added anything I am appreciating. Shows all the alcohol and flaws that I praised the Old Numbskull for lacking. 7/3/7/3/14 - 3.4

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrRomero (1972) - Nolanville, USA - JUL 12, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2007 RBSG 2005: Poured caramel brown in color with a medium head. Big caramel and malt aroma. A bit of nuts in the flavor along with malt. Big alcohol. Perhaps a bit more flavor than the original and very good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - JUN 23, 2005
ah yes, i had to go all the way to tha noog to have some of this beast. very darkish amber color, cloudy and thick. I get alot of alcohol and burnt carmel on the aroma. Very thick body, it tastes like im taking a shot of carmel flavored rum and there is a peanut brittle thing going on. Its really full of lots of goodness and alcohol, love it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SpringsLicker (3046) - Tennessee, USA - JUN 23, 2005
Bottle #26 Big thanks to JohnC for this one! I’d love to do the BA version side by side with the regular, both are excellent Barleywines in any case. Deep amber color with a small head typical of Barleywines. Rich caramel aroma with a resiny hop note to it. The alcohol comes through lightly in the flavor but is dominated by a rich smooth caramel and dark dried fruit blend of flavors. Very creamy and smooth palate. Probably my favorite of the American Style Barleywines.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - JUN 22, 2005
Bottle, compliments of JohnC. My notes indiciate bottle #36, but it was the same bottle as Suttree’s, and I was yelling across the room, so I probably heard wrong. Dark ambery orangy color. Lots of sweet malt aromas, with vanilla and oak. Flavor was very well balanced. Sweet caramelly maltiness and some nice fruit like maybe prunes. Lots of vanilla and oak in the flavor too, but not anywhere close to overpowering. This is one of the most in-balance oak-aged beers I’ve had. Very very impressive.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kinz (3188) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUN 21, 2005
2002, 95 of 224, gold foil top, huge thanks to Hairofthedog for this one! Decided to start my final 25 before 1000 with a bang. Pours a medium, hazy amber, nice, fading head. Aroma was surprisingly hoppy for having this age, nice meld of earthiness and faint citrus, and decidedly alcohol driven. Flavors were immense, complex, and balanced. Earthy hops, toffee, caramel, and faint vanilla, some raisin and cherry fruit as well. Bourbon was very faint, and completely integrated into the beer. This is the way barrell aging should be done. Fantastic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - JUN 21, 2005
JohnC Rocks! And so does this brew! Pours a hazy amber, Aroma of oak, vanilla, cherries, smoothness. Hops and malt balance perfectly with the wood. This is something special.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Suttree (4905) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 20, 2005
Bottle #26. Oh Lordy, where to start? Brownish Orange, no head. hint of bourbon and sweet malt in the aroma - very nice aroma, but really fails to convey what’s comming. A veritable laundry list of flavors - bourbon, vanilla, oak, caramel, toffee, raisin, prune, lead up to an earthy hoppy finish. Beautifully balanced, wonderfully blended. Certainly lives up to the hype!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
brentfeesh (1207) - Gadsden, Alabama, USA - JUN 20, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2008 Big thanks to whom ever was generous enough to break this out that the ‘Nooga fest. I had stepped out for a moment and almost missed this exquisite treat. Fortunately my wife snagged a taste for me (she’s the best!). Bottle #26/225 (2002). Looked a hazy amber color in my glass. The aroma was caramel with toffee. Sweet and inviting. The flavor explodes with toffee, dark fruit, chocolate/coffee, and the bourbon barrel is barely noticable. Very creamy texture anbd warm. An absolute taste sensation. It saddens me to know that I will likely never get my own bottle of this.

Beer Cellar brought a 4-year vertical to Noog 4! Could not even believe it. 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006. General notes were that 2002 & 2004 were much lighter in color than the later years. 2002 & 2004 had enough years on them that they stole the show, with 2002 showing much fuller integraion of all flavors with caramel being the central flavor profile. 2004 was also well integrated but having a touch a chocolate not found in the 2002. 2005 was one of Jen’s favorite but I thought 2005 & 2006 needed more time int the bottle to get the ultra smooth flavors found in the oder bottles. 2006 was still very boozy and the wood was almost overpowering. No change in score. This stuff is awesome!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Shag (2559) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JUN 19, 2005
A reddish orange appearance with a minimal head. A whiskey and cherry aroma. This one is a little bit on the sweet side with some oak notes. The flavor is cherries, burbon, strawberries, with a nutty presence. The aftertaste is somewhat bitter and warming. An excellent beer.

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