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RATINGS: 622   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


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4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2012
Date: June 18, 2005
Mode: Bottle
Source: Ale Atlanta
Aroma: lightly sweet malt aroma balanced with earthy hops
Body: velvet body
Flavor: touch of alcohol, great vanilla character

Date: April 20, 2006
Vintage: 2004
Words: #161/240
Aroma: earthy hop aroma with light vanilla and a touch of oak, very creamy, hot
Flavor: big woody flavor, touch of sweetness, good earthy hops to balance

Date: April 01, 2012
Mode: bottle
Source: tasting
Vintage: 2004
Aroma: sweet fruity aroma, caramel sweetness, plenty of earthyness
Flavor: sweet and fruity flavor, plenty of earthyness, bourbon has faded leaving just a touch of caramel and vanilla sweetness, oxidation present but melds well with the rich malts

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 9/10; Overall: 17/20
Rating: 4.1/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **** /4

Date: October 10, 2007
Vintage: 2005
Words: #142/233
picking up a good balance between the bourbon and dark caramel, still lots of sweetness, touch of alcohol fades in and out,

Date: February 20, 2009
Vintage: 2007
Aroma: sweet caramel and vanilla aroma with a nice bourbon presence
Flavor: sticky sweet caramel and vanilla flavor, touch of alcohol, light oak


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
knickskicks (907) - - JUL 25, 2015
Dark auburn. Nose is figs, cardboard, honey, booze, vanilla. Taste is booze, veggies, paper, figs. Sticky mouthfeel.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
vtafro (4801) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUL 21, 2015
Bottle. Brown pour with tan head. Sweet malts, vanilla, bourbon aromas. Sweet chocolate, vanilla, bourbon and oak flavors.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
koleminer20 (999) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUL 19, 2015
750 ml bottle shared with Spencer, Gus, and Eric. Vintage 2012. The pour is a dark reddish brown with a thin light tan head and no lace. The aroma is beautiful. Good caramel and a light booze. The malts are incredible. The flavor is much of the same. There is a light vanilla and oak with a beautiful toffee and light booze presence. The mouth feel is a little light with a nice maltiness a and a good booziness. The aftertaste is lingeringly malty and caramel and delicious. This is a great beer ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ebone1988 (363) - Taylor, Michigan, USA - JUL 19, 2015
Bottle shared with koleminer20. 2012 vintage. Aroma is dark fruit, booze, malt, caramel, toffee, nice. Appearance is brown, light brown head. Taste is balanced, figs, caramel, toffee, booze, fantastic. Mouthfeel is thick, boozy, great carbonation, long-lasting flavor. Overall, this is a wonderful representation of the style.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BiiruBierBeer (605) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 25, 2015
Very bourbony smell with butterscotch. Thick sticky mouthfeel but has a little alcohol heat to it. Taste is caramel, butterscotch, and heavy bourbon.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
hayduke (3767) - Eureka, California, USA - JUN 20, 2015
Not sure why this one kept getting passed over at the bottle sharing at the R bSG but I ended up,with most of the bottle. Poured jet black with no head. Nose of ripe fruit and bourbon notes. Bold in body with a c,lean though somewhat alcoholic mouth feel.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbruner (2939) - Athens, Georgia, USA - APR 6, 2015
Bottle at catch 22 bottle share! Pours a deep golden brown with minimal tan head. Aroma is big on the barrel and sweetness. Taste follows, but not as good as brandy, super hoppy still. Overall an awesome brew for sure, booze is well hidden or l was already drunk at this point.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DuffMan (7991) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 6, 2015
Bottle, shared with Parksy, phantomhennes, heavylaevy, and TvM. 2005 Vintage. This beer was the official first brew to toast our new home in Desert Blume! Murky amber with golden highlights, chunky beige head. Aroma is very rich, brothy and bready with sweet bourbon undertones. The palate delivers thick chewy malt structure, bread and brown sugar, notes of vanilla, oak, and a touch of leather and spice. No hint of the ABV. Heavy and rich but with a dry finish. The bourbon is almost hidden in the rich malts, which serves this beer well. Just fantastic.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
maxwelldeux (4164) - Snohomish, 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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DSG (8423) - 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.


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