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RATINGS: 616   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BenH (2878) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 25, 2014
Bottle, thanks Craig. Nice mahogany red with off white head. Aroma oof bourbon, vanilla, oak. Taste of vanilla, toffee, wood, coconut. Sweet and bitter. The barrel influence is quite full on

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
McNeillR (1632) - SCOTLAND - JUL 25, 2014
Murky light brown, soft ringed head. Vibrant sweet Caramac Bourbon. Choppy oak. Initial taste is bursting with sickly sweet Bourbon, without actually kicking much Bourbon kick. Injection of soft sticky malt, parked up esters. Finishes bile and acidic.

Bottle, Fancy Al Fresco Tasting

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Torrefacto (833) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUL 11, 2014
Color caoba oscuro con espuma marfil. aromsa de bourbon, maiz, pasas y madera. Cuerpo denso con inicio dulce de pasas y bourbon, al que le sigue una madera seca y muy equilibrada. Excelente.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
anders37 (18904) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 9, 2014
Bottle @ RBSG Grand Tasting. Pours a dark amber brown color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty woody bourbon vanilla and caramel aroma with hints of dark fruit. Fruity malty woody dark fruit and caramel flavor with hints of bourbon. Has a fruity malty woody bourbon and dark fruit finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ferris (7009) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 21, 2014
Bottle - Vintage 2005 - Vinous and barell notes. Cloudy copper with a small head. Light caramel and big barrel notes. Mellow but surprisingly potent for the age.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Homer321 (2543) - Melboring, Florida, USA - JUN 21, 2014
Shared at RBSG 2014. Thanks Drew! Killing a big want. Nose is a dried fruit and sherry marriage in heaven. A thick chewy viscous vanilla yummy bomb. A slight bit warming that borders on hot but chill. Some grape thing going on too. Very chill and good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
marcus (7293) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 8, 2014
Bottle from Belmont Station. Pours orange brown with a modest beige head and a fruity bourbon aroma. There is an earthy caramel malt flavor with lots of oak and a nice bourbon finish. Melts in your mouth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Art (2121) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2014
2012 bottle. Pours a cloudy medium brown without a head. Aromas of raisins and figs with a hint of caramel. Taste is sweet with a light bourbon heat. With there was more vanilla however. Very subdued and well incorporated. Always well done Alesmith.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
charule (1513) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 24, 2014
Bottle shared thanks to artmcd8. Poured dark amber with thinning head. Aroma of bourbon dark fruit. Light carb med bod. Less bourbon in the taste smooth sweet raisins.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
deekyn (1333) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 20, 2014
A- pours a hazy, ruddy and slightly rosy amber. One finger of light tan head that dissipates quickly. Virtually no lacing. S- strong bourbon, caramel malts, vanilla, toffee, brown sugar, ripe gala apple, banana esters, wood, raisins, dates. Light pecans. Mostly expected, but well received. M- medium to heavy oily body with a medium to heavy sharp palate with good burn. T- bourbon, caramel and vanilla are once again very forward. Middle is alcohol, see's toffee, apples, zinc, a medley of dried fruits and some toasted oak. Ending is efficient but lingers. Hop notes. Citrus pith, grass, and a light smoke. Some dirtiness.

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