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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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUN 29, 2008
Rating #500!!!

2002 Bottle #80/225. My dad (barleyPops) was so kind as to open and share this gem with me not too long ago. Murky brown pour. Aroma is bourbon, oak, and some sun-dried fruits. Sweet, caramel, malty flavor with the bourbon coming through nicely. Some vanilla as well, maybe just a tad nutty. Smooth mouthfeel. Really good stuff. Thanks to Saarlander for sending this bottle our way. I enjoyed it thoroughly!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
maxwelldeux (4030) - Everett, Washington, USA - MAR 20, 2015
This is how I’m 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 (7456) - Tel Aviv, - MAR 16, 2015
[2/19/15] Bottle at the hotel in San Diego. Thanks Tom L. Bottle broke in Tom’s bag, but there was a bit of beer left in the bottom piece of the bottle, so, as a dedicated ticker, I had to rate… 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 (2833) - 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 (1153) - 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 can’t describe well on the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
joeneugs (3740) - 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 I’ve had on account of the weak mouthfeel. Easier to drink than most though, I will give it that.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NeuroPliny (208) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 15, 2015
On tap at Mikkeller Bar, SF. Pours clear copper with a tan head. Aroma is brown sugar, vanilla, caramel, bourbon, and bread. Flavour is caramel, oak, bourbon, bread pudding, dark dried fruit, vanilla, and spices. Moderate body. Light carbonation. Excellent barrel aged barleywine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sir__v (832) - Lille, FRANCE - FEB 14, 2015
On tap @ City Beer Store, San Francisco - CA. Color: dark brown beer with no carbonation and no head. Smell: high caramel and sweet domination with malt and toffee notes. Really impressive nose, alcohol finish. Taste: nice caramel and toffee taste. Really oily sensation on mouth with malt finish and alcohol presence. Aftertaste: barrel notes and toffee with alcohol. Really impressive beer ! A must to try !

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Marheb (2757) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 13, 2015
(En fût à la brasserie): Les malts texturés se tortillent dans la vanilline chaude. J’ai l’impression de boite une fondue au caramel. Le corps est moyen à riche et la sécheresse d’alcool est bien presente, le monstre est à la hauteur.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OmegaX (1312) - Florida, USA - JAN 11, 2015
Bottle shared with friends. Aroma is hoppy notes with bourbon and vanilla. Flavor is similar. Big and bold, not much else to say. It still had some hop character behind the barrel treatment.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
stoutnick (665) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 1, 2015
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2015 Deep rich ruby brown pour of 2013 vintage. Looks incredible. Almost no head. Big bourbon and vanilla aroma on this one, which is super exciting. Taste is sweet up front then port then vanilla and some toasty. Very dry finish. Bit thin on the palate. Good barley wine but not nearly as big wow factor as the barrel aged wee heavy.

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