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RATINGS: 658   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jonwell (104) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - APR 16, 2007
2002, bottle 160 of 225. Opened for celebratory purposes (161 is still in the fridge, next to a 2001 BA Speedway). Tiny white ring head, translucent but not cloudy, red/amber color. Beautiful when held up to a light. Aroma is unreal, so full of bourbon and oak. Very intense- just comes pouring out at you. Some vanilla and toffee as well, maybe some faint hops. Citrusy. Quite a bit of bourbon in the flavor, still a good deal of alcohol but not a bad amount- quite typical for Numbskull in general. I get more toffee here than caramel, along with some fruityness. Not at all bitter. Very full and coating mouth feel, and as would be expected, low carbonation. Something truly wonderful, for its uniqueness and the grace with which it has aged. I’m glad I have two.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Karol (827) - 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 (6200) - 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 (551) - 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 (1994) - 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 (8181) - 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 (1364) - 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 (3487) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (10018) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 16, 2016
2012 bottle thanks to Gibson. Pours a cloudy brown with beige head that diminishes quickly. The aroma is burnt sugar, bourbon, wood. Thick body, chewy, roast, bourbon, vanilla, burnt sugar, really enjoyed this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blutt59 (6504) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 31, 2016
BH7 tasting, 2005 bottle, murky brown, light caramel and bourbon nose, smooth bodied, bourbon notes, no char or wood, caramel, maple syrup, lighter finish than expected.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drsordr (2336) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 22, 2016
10 year old bottle shared by alexsdad06 pour copper brown with minimal tan head. Nose caramel, toffee, raisin, sweeter character from Bourbon, minimal oxidation. Taste sweeter malt up front, prune, molasses, then caramel, light cherry /vanilla from the barrel. Minimal oxidation. Drinks pretty nice for 10 year old.

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