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RATINGS: 639   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12/5   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - APR 3, 2005
Enjoyed in the middle of the Caribbean on a cruise. A very nice and complex beer. Iím not the hugest fan of the regular Old Numbskull but I like this a lot. Reddish/orange hue, with a nice mix of alchohol, oak, wood, vanilla, and a full mouthfeel. Pleasant lingering aftertaste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - MAR 24, 2005
Opened this one by accident. Nose of Caremel, irish cream, toffee, hops, and malt. All of thast in one in the moth wiht more herbal nes fom that hops and a more pronounced vinious malt body. Firm mouthfeels brings across additional flavors of fig, cream, and touches of spuce nad alcohol. Finnishes withy raisons, figs, oakey malt, and herbal bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAR 23, 2005
UPDATED: APR 23, 2006 Poured a mostly clear deep copper with a orange tint. Very thin off white head. Aromas of alcohol, sweet dark fruit, toffee, bourbon, and wood. For some reason it reminds me of something my wife uses to clean the kitchen. I do think the aroma is great it just reminds of the cleaner. Malty flavors with toffee, bourbon and plenty of alcohol. The flavors are well balanced with the bourbon aspect but the alcohol stands out. As this warmed up however it became more balanced and the alchol hidden, which is odd since the warmth usually brings out the alcohol. Full silky body. 2nd bottle on 4/20/06 #161/240

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - MAR 22, 2005
Bottle#124/225Amber and slightly orange like colored body which is cloudy and yielding only a slight scattered film on top. Lots of bourbon in the aroma almost overpowering with vanilla and oak. Malt is buried.Vanilla, bourbon in the flavor.. Body is full and velvety smooth. I think Iíd prefer the original much better. The bourbon just overpowers everything else.Thanks to SDBruboy for the trade.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 22, 2005
Pours a dark copper mahogany brown with a thin, whispy, lightly lacing cream-colored head. Aroma of some light fruits, grapes, strawberries, and butterscotch, caramel malt and a touch of bourbon oaky alcohol. Starts rich, malty and toffee sweet with a nice bourbon oak balance. Good complexity throughout with a warming alcoholic finish. The barrel-aging adds some character but could hide the alcohol better. Still another great beer from Alesmith, although I must admit I liked the regular version a little more. Thanks to JohnC for the trade!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2005
#400 - Hazy burnt orange, creamy off white head. I could just sit and smell this one all day. Rich nose of fig, citrus caramel, bourbon, oak, vanilla, with hints of coconut. This was balanced beyond all belief with bourbon, coconut, wood, and a light fruitiness dominating the flavors. Full bodied, very soft carbonation, drying, oaky, bourbony, slight fruity finish. This will warm you up in a flash. Awesome job Peter....like you didnít already know....

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopscotch (10265) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 13, 2005
Bottle... This beer rocks! Very murky, orange ale with a small, fizzy, off-white head thatís gone in a flash. Alcohol, sourmash, toffee, damp lumber and grapefruit in the nose. Perfectly balanced with notes of coconut, whiskey and warming alcohol. Full-bodied and velvelty with pillow-soft carbonation. Lengthy, alcoholic, bone-dry finish. Excellent, world class brew!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAR 10, 2005
Did this one side-by-side with the regular Numbskull, and I must unfortunately say I think this is a case where barrel aging has been detrimental to the beer. Whereas Numbskull has some absolutely lovely refined vanilla and hazelnut notes couched in a hop-monster frame--which would presumably benefit from some conventional cellaring--this barrel aged version evinces an extremely oaky profile, which runs roughshod over an otherwise fine brew. Where Iím looking for nuance, Iím bludgeoned with tannins and cheese. (Thanks nonetheless to Vac for sending this sought-after brew!)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
fiulijn (16931) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 7, 2005
Vintage 2002
Amber color; creamy head. Aroma of malt, vanilla, cookies, caramel, toffee, alcohol impression; Bourbon; the only flaw may be that itís not persistent (only the Bourbon remains). Full maltiness, perfect; vanilla cookies, harmonious. Thanks Jeppe for sharing this incredible bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
beerguy101 (5340) - Newark, California, USA - MAR 5, 2005
Bottle #61 of 225. Dark maroon color. Small sized white foamy head. Aroma is bready molasses sweet with a touch of oak and earth. A full-bodied barley wine. Malts are fruity (cherries, plums and raisins), brown sugar and bready. Hops are grapefruity and slightly piney. VERY smooth taste. You can notice the bourbon barrel flavors (and they are prevalent), but the aging seems to be most noticeable in the smoothness of this beer. This is one mother of a smooth beer. Ever more complex than the non-barrel aged version. It has all the added complexities of the wood, oak bourbon stuff as well. Glad I have a few more that I can age a bit. Definitely a sipping beer. The 10% alcohol does rear its head once in a while, but all in all itís a very smooth, complex flavored beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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