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RATINGS: 66   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sarlacc83 (1014) - Oregon, USA - OCT 25, 2014
Bottle from Belmont. A: Dark mahogany to the point of black. Thick creme colored head dies a bit into a half inch foam. Legs. Inviting. N: Big melted caramel and vanilla nose. Lots of toffee, buttered toast, spruce, peppercorn, and rye whiskey. Touch of char and smoke. Tobacco and melon.Cinnamon, and of course oak. T: Buttery and sweet. Some minor bitterness. Surprisingly tame - not that itís boring, but that itís integrated so well together. M: Lusciously thick, feathery body. Fuzzy carbonation, light, but enough to keep this from becoming boringly dense. O: A different breed from the bourbon. Itís softer and less intense; smoother and balanced. I think I would take the bourbon version, but neither of these are a waste of your time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (4920) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 17, 2014
Bottle: Poured a deep amber color ale with a medium off-white head. Aroma consists of caramelized sugar with some caramel and dry fruits notes. The taste is a mix of caramelized sugars and light toffee notes with some dry fruits notes. Barrel seems to be rounding any of the rough edge of this beer and adds some light vanilla notes. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no real alcohol is apparent. Well executed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lubiere (10551) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 27, 2014
A reddish copper ale with a thin mocha head. In aroma, sweet fruity caramel and vinous malt, light bourbon, brandy, floral hops, very nice. In mouth, a nice sweet fruity malt with candy sugar, vinous malt, raisins, floral hops, alcohol warmth, licorice, delicious. Merci Phil.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
slowrunner77 (6163) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 5, 2014
"Had side by side by side with a super fresh (base) Numbskull, and a bourbon BA Numbskull. Alesmith has always been heavy handed with the barreling, and this is no exception. I think the barleywine base is hoppy enough to cut through all the time in the bourbon, but in this one, that really wasnít the case. The barrel influence is strong. Tasty, but heavy. Smells awesome. Super smooth body. You expect a ton of heat on the back end and never get it. Pleasantly warming throughout. Spicy, sweet toffee, beautiful nose. The flavor is delicious but more one dimension than the bourbon version and especially the base. This seems to have been a very sweet rye whiskey. Overall, a decadent treat, but not as complex as Iíd hoped. At 4.3, probably my least favorite numbskull (every batch ive had of the base has been better than the last, including last nightís - a 4.5+ on itís own)."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Huhzubendah (2729) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 21, 2014
Thanks to RussianDragon for the share. The beer is mostly clear and appears a golden amber hue with a small tan head. Aromas of malt, dark fruit, raisin, caramel malt, oak, booze. Light sweetness with warming alcohol throughout. Raisin bread and figs with sweet bready booze. Toasted malt with vanilla and caramel. A nice sipping beer and a good bottle to share.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
daje (2609) - NORWAY - AUG 19, 2014
Bottle shared at Schouskjelleren, july 1st 2014. Dark brown body, small tanned head. Strong whisky and toffee aroma, oak, alcohol, vanilla. Taste of sweet dark sugar, whisky, rye, wood, dark fruit, in a nice complexity. Warm boozy finish, sweet vanilla and caramel aftertaste. Damn nice :-)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RussianDragon (564) - - AUG 9, 2014
750 ml bottle, thanks Jesse for the hookup! Pours a still clear golden deep amber brown. Aroma is dark fruits with raisin and caramel. Flavor is toasted malt with sweet caramel and rye.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mcberko (7458) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 27, 2014
750mL bottle, pours a dark amber / mahogany with a small beige head. Aroma brings out lots of rye, bourbon, caramel and dark fruits - nice and complex nose. Flavour is exquisitely complex, with lots of rye and whiskey, followed by caramel malt and toffee. Exceptionally well-balanced. A slow sipping boozy barley wine. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
blomster (260) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 18, 2014
Bottle. Tasty. Yummy. More please. I feel good. Please someone give me more bottles.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joergen (21730) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 13, 2014
Bottle at yespr. Clear orange-red coloured with a medium sized beige head. Sweet and fruity aroma of caramel, dried fruits, oak and bourbon. Sweet and fruity flavour of oak, dried fruits and licorice with notes of alcohol. Sweet and warming alcoholic finish.

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