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RATINGS: 639   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12/5   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - DEC 20, 2004
This was the right beer at the right time for me. I hadn’t had a beer in over two weeks, and I was looking for something rich and thick and delicious. In this beer there is absolutely nothing that can be improved upon. Don’t age your bottles any longer, Peter did that for us. Drink it now!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
daknole (10350) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 18, 2009
Bottle from sauceyhops. Gabe you made my year. This was the best beer I have ever had. It is exactly what I would call my perfect beer. I would take this as my "desert island" beer. Amber pour with a creamy light head. Aroma is full of bourbon, vanilla, caramel, toffee and some notes of white chocolate. The barrel aging of this beer has created a smooth and sensual beer that I LOVED. Caramel, toffee, wood, bourbon, some hop balance and a tiny bit of dryness at the finish. Wow. This is my first 5 rating.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MadIndian (2663) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 14, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2008 Damn, Bought from ebay and sampled with Stegosaurus. Damn this was awesome, Caramel and oak aroma but this may be the smoothest barley wine I ever had. Excellent, nut and vanilla wood flavor. Perfect blend. Bottle #178 of 208

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
teamrassas (26) - USA - NOV 29, 2008
Not a bad thing to say about this barely wine. Its super smooth medium bodied and very very good to drink. Full of malted sweetness coated with oaky vanilla in a very long finish

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 16, 2010
Bottle 318/448. Deep brown-amber pour with a thick off-white head. The nose is really intense. Rich sweet malts with a bit of light sweet oaky vanilla, some light caramel and cocoa as well. There is a very intense oaky character but there is also a lot of herbal character and a touch of light chewiness as well. The hops have faded in aroma but still lend a kiss of resinousness that accentuates the oak tannins. On the front of the palate it is sweet but restrained. The middle shows more of the malt contribution of the base beer. A bit of sweet candy and a bit of ginger and clove spiciness over a rich caramelly maltiness. There is a little bit of cocoa on the back as well as a bit of vineous flavour. Soft spicy/woody flavour. Complex but balanced with great integration of all of the components. This is what barrel-aged beer should taste like. Really incredible stuff.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - DEC 7, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2006 Bottle#37 of 225: Pour is ruby-amber color with a small light tan head that fades to a halo. Aroma is rich and and barley wine sweet with a hint of bourbon. Flavor starts malt sweet with a touch of bourbon followed by a light hop bite and finishing with a light dry orangy flavor. Palate is rich and smooth and the alcohol presence warms the throat. Another SUPERB AleSmith brew! Check back in about six months to a year, this one can only get better with some more aging. Notes: Brewed in 2002, Barrel aged in 2003 in a used Old Grand Dad barrel, bottled in 2004 and released Dec. 6, 2004.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - DEC 16, 2004
2002 vintage: bottle #88/225 Nice hazy orangish brown color with a medium off-white head. Very rich vanilla extract, orange zest, oak, over-ripe banana and bourbon aroma. Thick, rich vanilla, banana, bourbon, orange zest, and caramel flavors. Nice dry finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
giarcsr (104) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 24, 2004
Holy Crap!!!! Is this a good beer. I opened bottle #55 of 225 on a special occasion. Every other person who was fortunate to obtain a bottle of this has described its apperance and aroma perfeclty, and the taste is fantastic. It has a very matured caramel-malt flavor to it that is simplistic, yet beyond desciption at the same time. At first you’ll be surprised, but when you finish the bottle you’ll be blown away by the quality of this amazing beer. I totally recomend getting your hands on a bottle by any means necessary, even if it invovles killing somebody, you won’t be disappointed.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
joshpiledean (316) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 31, 2004
Couldn’t wait any longer than New Years, had it side by side with non-barrel aged ON. Poured with almost no head, little carbonation. Dark/clear reddish w/ orange tints. Alcohol, figs, raisins, caramel. Nose is more intense than non BA version. Rich and thick body, smooth and creamy, with caramel, alcohol, bittering hops, hints of rich fruits...wow... Dry aftertaste, absolutely wonderful.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Odeed (1798) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JAN 5, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2007 #26 OF 225 props to enniskillen for this wonderful brew.it poured a hazey red with some orange sneaking in when held up to light.i could really pick up the bourbon aroma,along with the normal numbskull characteristics.the first taste brought on bourbon,then it followed up with some sweet candy,and then a bit of a tart aftertaste.i must say,this is REAL SMOOTH.considering the alcohol,and judging it against the original numbskull.its also extremely easy to drink.(this could be dangerous.)this is awsome.....nuff said!!!!RE-RATE 209/223 OF THE 2005 BATCH.nice bronze body with no head.the aroma is an awesome blend of vanilla,oak,bourbon,toffee,cotton candy,alcohol heat,caramel malts,and a hint of hops.the flavor blows me a way as well.it blends everything i got from the aroma,plus some chocolate,almonds,and allspice.this is just as good as the first batch.ts almost like sipping on a fine cognac.im blown away by the alesmith crew once again.

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