nolankowal (938) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 1, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle shared by the ever-so-generous Ohiodad at CTV3, thanks! Poured a nice amber with a off white head. The aroma was chock full of bourbon notes, vanilla, and a nice chunk of caramel malt. Flavor was a nice shot of boubon as well, vanilla,pine, caramel malt and some dark fruits. Full body, malty with a nice booziness to it without becoming to thin.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 30, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle with a big thanks to OhioDad for sharing: Copper color with a nice white head. Aroma, bourbon, pine, and caramel. Flavor, pine, bourbon, oak, caramel, some vanilla, a nice bitterness to it. The barrel was very good to this beer. I donít think Iíve ever been happier to know I have another bottle of something waiting for me.
black95tt (82) - Doylestown, Ohio, USA - OCT 20, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Alesmith Numbskull is not my favorite barleywine, but Alesmith is my favorite brewery. So I was really looking forward to this. Upon pouring, the BA Numbskull appears slightly darker than the regular. Seems the bourbon soaked oak imparted a dark reddish tinge to the original. Among the added color one can definitely appreciate the loads of bourbon this beer has to offer in both aroma and flavor. The aroma is vanilla, oak, bourbon with some sweet caramel malts barely coming through. Almost no hops in the nose. The palate is medium with subtle carbonation. Bourbon is heavy on the tongue when first sipping. In fact itís almost overpowering at first, right up to the point you begin to swallow, ahhhh, there is the barleywine I remember. This beer has alot of everything. Itís full of sweet malts, some hop bitterness, and loaded with bourbon. Very nicely done. This makes me want to try BA Speedway even more now. Someday......
bager (2120) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - OCT 15, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled. Reddish brown coloured with a small head. Very powerfull. Malts, dark fruits, oak andsomewhat hoppy. Very powerfull but still very well balanced.
alafito (334) - tijuana, MEXICO - OCT 2, 2006
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not a Fan of the Barley wines, Too much alcohol content mixed with dried fruits gives it an initial taste of cough syrup. In my second snifter i found whiskey, fruits (cherries and pineapples) vanilla, spices and caramel malts. A tad too sugary with a strong burn, finishes like a glass of bourbon on the rocks with raisin aftertastes.
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - SEP 25, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thick aroma of whiskey, spices, vanilla, oak, hops and toasted malt. Flavor was full of smooth bourbon, raisins, citrus, vanilla and spice. All the flavors were condensed into a slightly syrupy, semi sweet brew. Very good, of course.
patrick767 (4010) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 17, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2004 bottle 66/227 - Hereís a special beer for rating #400. I was traveling and couldnít save this bottle as it was likely to be overheated in the car sometime. So what else could I do? I downed it myself the night after the release party. Barrel Aged Numbskull pours murky brown with no head. It has a strong malt aroma with a hint of bourbon. The flavor is sweet and intense. Itís mellowed nicely in the barrel and is smooth instead of overly hot as many barley wines can be. Thereís very little carbonation on the palate and not much hops coming through. The sweetness masks the 10% ABV and the warmth in the throat at the end is the only cue to its strength. This is really good, if perhaps a little TOO sweet.
WeeHeavySD (3380) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 4, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2008 2004 Bottle released September 1, 2006, bottle #84. The brew pours a cloudy amber with a barely there head, with an amazing alcoholic sweet and caramel aroma. The taste is very full bodied and malty with an exceptional sweetness that isnít too sweet, itís just right. The carbonation is low but isnít nonexistent; Iíd say this beer is certainly ready to drink; the slight carbonation is nice when compared to other barrel aged beers Iíve had that have gone completely flat. Iím always happy with Alesmith they know how to please.
jtw (1153) - farmington, Michigan, USA - JUL 29, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
a bottle received a while ago from crosling - numbered 208/225, from the 2002 bottling. lightly carbonated and a nicy ruby color with a head slightly darker than beige. sublimely balanced aroma of malt, woody oak, a tiny bit of alcohol, as well as the common barley wine elements of earthy hops and big rusty flavors. the hops were quite subdued after 4 years but still apparent in overall bitterness and in the finish - the body exhibits characteristics of vanilla bourbon, caramel malt, green northwestern hops, slightly alcoholic astringency but not more than enough to let you know that itís there. dark reddish fruits - plum, prune, red grapes, raisins. phenomenal beer, with my only criticism that i wish it were thicker because it feels a little too attenuated and light.
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JUL 27, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rating #1500 - Iíve been holding onto this one for a special occasion and after a rough week at work I think #1500 was a good occasion. - Thanks to zathrus13 for sending me this 750ml bottle #69/240 2004 vintage in a trade! - You rock Jeff! - Pours a nice dark mahogony with ruby highlights and a nice creamy tan head that faded quickly to a ring but laced the snifter well from then on. Aromas of oak, vanilla, some faint citrus orange that has been pulled from the original with age. There is also a little faint caramel in the aroma as well. Flavor is just plain beautiful. Caramel, and toffee notes begin and are accented by some faint orange citrus flavors, nice oak, smooth vanilla, some raisins. So complex it is tough to describe all of the flavor.. This is the smoothest barleywine that I have ever set my lips on.. The barrel takes all of the rugged hops from the original and replaces them with those vanilla and oak flavors that smooth the edges and make this so perfect to drink.. I hope someday when I get to heaven or maybe I should say if, there is an endless barrel of this waiting for me!! Incredible stuff...