BelgianGirl (89) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - FEB 13, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasty barley wine. Nice, caramel color. The aroma had alcohol smell, resembling cider. Sweet caramel/toffee taste ending with an alcohol flavor.
madsberg (10608) - SÝborg, DENMARK - FEB 13, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - FEB 8, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
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.
TheBeerGod (5497) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - FEB 7, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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!
shameusburp (171) - Virginia, USA - FEB 7, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice caramel vanilla that is well balanced throughout each glup....Love the floatees.
jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - FEB 7, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours lightly hazy amber. Aroma is a blend of caramel, wood, and hops. Flavor is woody, caramel, with marshmellow. Excellent. Had this side by side with the original old numbskull, and this one stands heads and shoulders above it.
jasonp (1556) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - FEB 7, 2005
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled at jeffc666ís gathering, brought by The_Beer_God. Clear amber with an off white head. I dug the aroma on this; caramel with sherry and wood/oak. Taste also has notes of caramel and oak plus some pipe tobacco, toasty malt, some light brown sugar, toffee, cherry and pineapple. Very full, round and smooth on the palate. Overall, just awesome. Did a side by side vs. regular Old Numbskull and this one had more to offer.
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - FEB 6, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle sampled at jeffc666ís B-day gathering 2/6/05: Thanks to The_Beer_God again for this one. Hazy amber color, no head, small particles visable in my glass. It was fun to drink this side by side with the regular old numbskull. Overall I didnít like the barrel aged version any better, though it was different. The aroma has lots of wood, oak, toasted wood, alcohol, pear, apple, vanilla. Flavor is salty, with pronounced wood notes, alcohol, port, cherries, sweet syrupy malts, apple, honey, and finishes with a mild nasal alcohol burn. Quite dry and somewhat thin. Very good, but definitely has a bit inflated rating.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - FEB 6, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle #30 thanks for sharing Mike, The_Beer_God) Clear ruby body with a small tan head. The aroma is loade with oak, light alcohol, caramel, toffee, faint vanilla, and cream sherry. The flavor is toasty oak, sweet toffee and caramel, light bitterness and alcohol. Dry thinnish mouthfeel. Slighlty better than the regular ON, but not one of my favorite barleywines.
argo0 (11958) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 6, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(Bottle 30, shared courtesy of The_Beer_God) Cloudy copper body, off-white head. Aroma is moderately sweet, vanilla/bourbon, oak, toffee. Taste is moderately sweet, toffee, oak, fairly light bourbon. Moderately full body. The bourbon barrel definitely works well with the Old Numbskull, and a side-by-side leaves me feeling BAON is better than ON. Somehow the taste shows more of the wood cask than the bourbon, definitely a positive. I will enjoy opening other bottles of this later.