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RATINGS: 661   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.13/5   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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kp (10883) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mesjasz (1089) - Lodz, POLAND - OCT 17, 2016
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2016 Bottle at tasting panel at Warszawski festiwal piwa. Very complex, nice balance, full of almond, vanilla, ripe and dark fruits. One of best.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BuckeyeBoy (6153) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 16, 2016
750ml bottle pours out amber topped with a small sand head. Nose is nice sweetness malts toffee brown sugar some pit fruit and some of the bourbon barrel vanilla shows. Taste is more of the sweet malt caramel toffee pitfruit and the bourbon barrel goodness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stevoj (4029) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 16, 2016
Bottle from last night’s share. Thick amber body, small ring of bubbly head, Picking up all of the barley wine essences, but little of the bourbon barrel. Sweet malt, toffee, caramel in both aroma and taste. It doesn’t even present itself as that boozy of a beer. Some dark fruit, raisins, some vanilla.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Karol (877) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - SEP 27, 2016
Tapped at the epic Alesmith barrel aged beer tasting room. Dark brown color, red orange when flash lighted. Beige thick head. Taste is epic refreshing fruity plums strawberry cherries grapes. Finish is epic dry tabaco cigar like taste. Impressive! I have never tasted a cigar in a beer. Epic. Overall mind blowing!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Iphonephan (6260) - McLean/Jackson Hole, Virginia, USA - SEP 26, 2016
On draft at the brewerry. Pours a murky mahogany with a tan head. Fruity nose. Flavors of caramel, bourbon, vanilla and oak. Boozy roast finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
c0fein (555) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 12, 2016
750ml bottle from Saveur-Biere. Oravankolo tasting. Vintage 2013.

Reddish hazy colour. Bourbon, warmness, dark fruits, plum, raisin, boozy breath. Mmm..

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
popery (2017) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 11, 2016
750 ml bottle. 2016 vintage. Just picked this one up from the brewery last weekend. The beer is a dark amber brown. Small light brown to beige head. Deep toasty malt flavors. Big caramel. Treacle, molasses, brown sugar. Vanilla, coconut, caramel in bourbon barrel flavors. The barrel is well-integrated and goes with the beer nicely. Taste is rich and sweet. Lots of toasty malt. Big barrel sweetness. Light woody bitterness. Fairly strong booze, but it’s nice and warming. Full body. Fairly smooth. Relatively thick. Very nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blipp (8275) - La Mesa, California, USA - AUG 21, 2016
Draft. Pours deep brown with a beige head. Rich bourbon, molasses, vanilla, and a good dose of sweetness throughout. A big beer, for sure, but relatively well balanced, and not over barreled.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
yourilevesque (1420) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 12, 2016
A huge thanks to Michael for this awesome offering! Liquide sombre d’allure de vieux Cognac, sans mousse, reflets caramélisés, rubis, orangés. Robe d’une sublimissime profondeur! Des arômes de caramel vanillé, de mélasse, d’orange, de fruits noirs, d’orge maltée. C’est profond, c’est riche. J’adore! Une bouffée de chaleur s’empare de moi lorsque glisse dans ma bouche la première gorgée. L’impression d,un doux caramel chaud me tapisser l’oesophage st loin d’être déplaisante! Un cristal de sucre y demeure toutefois collé, mais je choisis de me moquer de lui. Je suis envoûté par cette douce vanille à la profondeur du bourbon, par cette prouesse agricole issue d’une terre fertile et grasse, par ce savoir-faire brassicole qui repousse encore les limites de ce style qui me bouleverse.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hackobock (3570) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 26, 2016
August 29, 2015. Bottle at home, vintage 2012, received in a trade with AtlCarl, thanks!
Light hazy amber with a small off-white head. Aroma is sweet malty, vanilla, bourbon, toffee, figs, some toasted oak with hints of coconut. Taste is sweet malty, light bitter, some light boozy warming notes. Finish is warming bourbon notes, sweet toffee, caramel, figs, some raisins, vanilla, some bitter notes of hops and charred oak. Medium to full bodied with creamy oily texture, soft carbonation.
Very nice malty barley wine with great barrel character.

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