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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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ungstrup (30449) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aubrey (3489) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (21278) - TyresŲ, SWEDEN - FEB 15, 2005
Bottled, thanks to BierKŲnig 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.

4.1
   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 didnít 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.

4.1
   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!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Silphium (3188) - 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.

3.6
   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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
madsberg (10781) - SÝborg, DENMARK - FEB 13, 2005
Bottled: Amber orange coloured. Unclear. Has a dense beige head. Alcohol, sweetness and some odd scent of stearin. Flavours of alcohol and some hops. Ends on a oaky alchol not. This is not a very complex beer. The bourbon barrel totally dominates this beer. Is quite smooth and velvety. I must admit, that though this is definately a good beer, Iím not impressed. This just donít do it for me, and I donít find it good enough to be in the high end. Thanks Jeppe for sharing.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - FEB 8, 2005
Sampled immediatley after the regular Numbskull, thanks to the extremely generous Beer God. Dusty peachy red. Nose barrel-esque, but doesnít overpower the beer, still get nice toffee, maple, and vanilla notes. Same with the flavor, what we have here is a barrel-aged beer that actually tastes like a beer with some barrel character rather than like a beer thatís had a shot of crappy bourbon dropped in it. The toffee/butterscotch melds beautifully with the oak, still has hops, and the barrel character hangs around nicely. This is how barrel aging should work. It adds character to this beer rather than kills off the flavor of the original. Nice stuff.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheBeerGod (5570) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - FEB 7, 2005
Bottle at jeffc666ís Birthday Gathering. Courtesy of a trade with Enniskillen. Number 30 of 225. Clouded copper. Small tan head. Aroma is very oaky and laden with alcohol notes, hops, vanilla, and caramel. Light malty notes. Taste is hoppy but has a pleasant woody/oaky flavor, light smoked notes,alcohol, light sweet malts, caramel, fruit and vanilla. Some citrus notes hiding in there as well. Body is moderate with some alcohol warmth and semi-smoothness. Finish is more oak with vanilla, alcohol notes, citrus, creamy malts, and fruit. Great beer!


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