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RATINGS: 625   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nuffield (3900) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 20, 2005
2002 Bottle #31, shared by TChrome. Fresh aroma, surprisingly, sweet, moderated alcohol, a bit of chocolate, and a lot of things that I found harder to place than when I tasted it. Hazy/opaque caramel brown. First note of flavor is substantially of the bourbon, with prominent chocolate and licorice notes for me, plus some more subtle vanilla. It flows nicely around the mouth, though not exceptionally richly. There are a lot of qualities that remind me of a vintage English ale--and just as I was writing this, Tad mentioned the same thing out loud. Another feather in the cap of cask-aging, in my opinion--I’m a fan of the "style" and I think many beers really benefit from this treatment, especially many of the most over the top American efforts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kevin (2158) - New Mexico, USA - FEB 20, 2005
bottle #31, thanks for sharing Tad. pours cloudy copper with a slight cream head. aroma is chocolate, alcohol, spices, and wood is noticeable. taste is warm bourbon and cherry with a strong plum or date taste. very sweet. caramel comes out in this also and the spiciness is prevalent all over too. chocolate and licorice are more noticeable as it warms. this is definitely woody. and has a wonderfully warming toffee and vanilla flavor. finish is dry with chocolate and a grape flavor with a lingering puckering acidic that melts into toffee.more of a british tasting barleywine than the original numbskull.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
sloth (2665) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - FEB 19, 2005
The whisky aromas announce themselves on the pour with restrained citrus notes backing them up. The small tan head is lasting, whispy and creamy. Other aromas follow, fruit, hints of vanilla and wood, nice. Lightly hazy rust brown color. Med/full bodied, slick with a gentle, prickly carbonation. Medium sweet malts work well with the whisky overtones and lightly citrus hop flavors. A grainy maltiness and fruityness appear as it warms, more vanilla, grainy malts and understated notes of warming alcohol also. A rather complex brew. Finish is dry, fruity, whiskyish and lasting. Many thanks to SDbruboy for this major treat! Thanks Cliff! Wish i had another to sit on for awhile.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ungstrup (30977) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - FEB 18, 2005
An unclear amber beer with no head. The aroma is of alcohol, bourbon, and oranges. The flavor is very sweet with alcohol burning the throat and bourbon, that lingers on the tongue. This is not my beerstyle, and the regular Old Numbskull is not really me, but this was one good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aubrey (3501) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - FEB 16, 2005
Nice deep amber hue. Sweet and woodsy bourbon nose. Sticky-sweet malts, with notes of caramel, brown sugar, hard candy and maple syrup. Warming, sherry-like alcohol. Big and grassy hops. Aromas of whiskey and wood waft about. Woody and hoppy in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (21769) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 15, 2005
Bottled, thanks to BierKönig for sharing. Nut brown, clear. Rich aroma of wood, vanilla and asparagus. Very sweet and full bodied with pleasant soft mouthfeel. Very bitter finish. An enormous beer with lots of bourbon character. The sweetness however overloads my senses and the expected sensations does not take place.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - FEB 14, 2005
Bottle 195/225, thanks to Darkelf for getting this one. Pours a lightly hazed dark red with a very thin white head. I was really impressed by how Alesmith didn’t overdo it on the woody flavors, instead of being overly oaky it just used it to compliment the beer. Very sweet malt up front, sublte oakiness, brown sugar, raisin, molasses, and vanilla. All flavors blend nicely together making an incredibly enjoyable smooth brew. Alesmith always impresses me with the smoothness of their beers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - FEB 14, 2005
Bottle #27. Rich aroma, caramel, vanilla, burnt sugar, faint bourbon. Cloudy brown color, minimal head. Oak barrel really comes through in the flavor, complimenting everything from the aroma, really nice balance, not much hop presence at all. Full bodied. Great beer overall, the barrel-aging is a nice touch on what was already one of my favorite barleywines. Thanks JCW!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Silphium (3190) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 13, 2005
Bottle #27/225. Big thanks to John (JCW) for sharing this rarity! Murky orange-brown body, thin off-white head (more accurately, thin off-white bubbles). Fermented fruit aroma, caramels, pear juice, oak, vanilla, and muted grapefruity hops contributed to a very nice aroma. The flavor initially hits strong with oak and vanilla, opening up to big, full caramels, butter (butterscotch?), fermented fruits (cherry, apple, apricot) with alcohol notes in the finish. Grapefruity hops were present but subdued. Neither too sweet nor too dry. Complex and quite tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BelgianGirl (89) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - FEB 13, 2005
Tasty barley wine. Nice, caramel color. The aroma had alcohol smell, resembling cider. Sweet caramel/toffee taste ending with an alcohol flavor.

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