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RATINGS: 622   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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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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4.3
   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. Iím glad I have two.


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 (7996) - 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 Iím 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 Tomís bag, but there was a bit of beer left in the bottom piece of the bottle, so, as a dedicated ticker, I had to rateÖ 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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