Vells (652) - LATVIA - JUN 28, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Again huge and intense brew, very pleasant nose, intense BA woody whiskey (cant tell if it is rye), charming maltiness, noticeable vanilla, toffee, light caramel, nuts, kinda spicy. Light hops for barley wine.. non BA version is more hoppy.
Sweetish with light bitterness. Aroma is awesome, but taste is bit disappointing for this price.. if not price, then awesome brew =]
tectactoe (1649) - Michigan, USA - JUN 16, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Thanks, Jason. Muddled, murky, dingy copper with a weak, big-bubbled beige film that quickly recedes to a mere collar. Sticky caramel aroma, prunes, raisins, toffee, butterscotch, spicy wood (rye whiskey influenced, perhaps) with plenty of present booziness. Similar to the original BA Old Numbskull, just a bit more vibrant & spicier. The booze on the palate is actually much smoother than expected. Brown sugar, caramel coated dark fruit, Caramelo candy, big woody barrel presence with inherent spicy notes & very faint vanilla. Finishes on a spicy note, again, with lingering, sweet residual sugar. Big bodied, but not as sticky as you’d think. Very good stuff! I preferred this to BA Old Numbskull, if nothing else, it had a smoother & more well integrated spirit presence & I enjoyed the little, spicy edge.
umich03jm (1926) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JUN 11, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to dogday for trading. Shared at Jeff’s. Murky brownish-red pour with a small head that fades to a thin ring. Aroma is awesome. Musty hops, pretzels, rye, oak, and caramel. Tastes kinda boozy. Burnt pretzels, rye whiskey, vanilla, oak, and caramel. Medium body. Barrel treatment really charged this beer. I prefer the base beer but was still very good.
Pailhead (4741) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JUN 7, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy of umich03jm
Bottle: The aroma consists of caramel, toffee, rye whiskey, and a touch of mint. It pours a hazy brownish-orange with a small soapy off-white head. The flavor starts with caramel and toffee. The finish has rye whiskey, vanilla, and a touch of mint. It’s medium bodied with light-moderate carbonation.
deekyn (1165) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 1, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A- pours a murky ruddy brown amber with a light beige head that dissipates quickly and clings to the glass. Great lacing. S- rye is present. Brown sugar, molasses, toffee, overripe apples, warm oak, graham crackers, figs, banana bread, light vanilla. M- Medium oily body with a sweet medium palate. Mild carbonation. T- sweet and sugary entry. Lots of toasted malts, brown sugar and vanilla. Oak and lightly bitter and dry rye follow. Mid palate is dried fruits, apples, autumn spice, and toffee. Ending is efficient, dry and full of minerals, banana, straw, grains and more oak.
djd07 (3468) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 19, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle thanks to Cal. Pours a cloudy brown with small beige head that diminishes quickly. The aroma is strong toffee, rye, caramel, booze, oak. Thin mouthfeel with nice sweet rye upfront, dark fruits, caramel, sweet finish with light booze. Easy to drink, very impressive.
DesertDevil (496) - Arizona, USA - MAY 13, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750-mL bottle. The aroma is sharp and sweet with boozy young rye whiskey, caramel, and slightly green malt. Pours very clear copper. Smooth, refined taste of mellow whiskey, toffee, slightly smoked caramel malts, and a hint of tobacco. The flavors turn a bit one-dimensional after awhile with toffee taking over the rest. Hot finish; a somewhat light body for a barleywine. Nice, but not quite the exquisite experience provided by many of AleSmith’s other barrel-aged offerings.
kathouse (979) - Nevada, USA - MAY 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
At the taproom. Brownish orange with some haze and a light tan foam that fades quickly. Odoriferous brown sugars, toasted oak, toffee, and some spice. Taste is caramel, citrus, oak and toasted malt followed by dark fruits, vanilla, and rye whiskey. Really sticky after a while. This will need some time to soak before pouring again.
GT2 (8332) - San Diego County, California, USA - MAY 4, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[ Bottle ][ Gil? ][ 750ml ][ 10K+OT Tasting ][ Stemless Wine Taster ][ 5/3/14 ]
>> Thanks Gil I think for this share. Pours low haze amber orange with no foam. Nose is camphor, tomato, vanilla. Taste is vanilla, buttery barrel, spices, tomato, bitter chocolate, rich toffee. Richer body. Okay.
CampesinoTino (757) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 14, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml Bottle of 2013 Vintage. Dark orange mahogany colored with a cap of light tan foam. Aroma blends dark sugars, toasted oak and rye with a bit of caramel malt. Taste is caramel, citrus peel and toasted malt upfront followed by notes of dark fruits, vanilla, oak and rye whiskey toward the end. Mouthfeel is thick and slightly syrupy with medium carbonation. Just enough rye barrel flavor to distinguish it from the bourbon barrel version.