badlizard (5538) - Berkeley, California, USA - OCT 5, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at brewery. Cloudy medium brown with a thin off white head. Rye whiskey, molasses, and biscuit aroma. Biscuit, toffee, molasses, eye whiskey and oak, sweet grain, and a caramel flavor to the finish. Thick bright and creamy palate. Excellent.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - NOV 15, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml bottle, courtesy of my buddy Tim. thanks! pours a hazy, russet color capped by a creamy, beige head that leaves thick sheets of lace. aroma is wonderful with heavy notes of caramel, toffee, candied pineapple, raisins, and figs back by toasted coconut, charred oak, and subtle hints of rye whisky. flavor is simply outstanding with sweet toffee, yellow cake batter, coconut cookies, and vanilla up front with dark fruits, hints of chocolate covered orange, oak, and dry, spicy rye whisky bringing up the back end. palate is full bodied and dangerously drinkable by moderate carbonation and a great balance of the spicy, woody barrel notes and the sweet barleywine notes. overall, another world class barrel aged beer from Alesmith.
daknole (9127) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 24, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Toffee colored pour, yellowish tan head. Flavors of raisins, rye whiskey, caramel, toffee, toasted oak, vanilla, brown sugar, honey, fruitcake. YUM.
UDBeernut (1730) - Moving to Jax, Florida, USA - NOV 9, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from tleaver33, shared with friends. Poirs muddled deep amber. Lots of figs, raisen, light wood, vanilla. Creamy body. Fuck tleaver, this agression will not stand.
blomster (257) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 18, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Tasty. Yummy. More please. I feel good. Please someone give me more bottles.
daje (2450) - NORWAY - AUG 19, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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 :-)
BOLTZ7555 (2822) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 7, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 6, 2014 Bottle shared @ Dak’s Black Friday tasting. Again, think this was brought by JBoan but correct me if I’m wrong. Dark chestnut pour with scarlet and garnet making a statement as well. Moderate cashew colored cap. Caramel, vanilla, raw wood, toasted oak, black pepper, rye, cocoa, and brown sugar. Thick, creamy, sweet but not cloying. Another incredible BA masterpiece from these guys.
Ibrew2or3 (6926) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 25, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750mL bottle pours with a murky amber body that supports a nice tan head. The aroma is a yummy mix of vanilla, dates and pine hops that are muted by aged sticky malts. Behind those notes I get smooth candy like whiskey. Yes! Smells wonderful. The taste starts with sweet dates, malts and vanilla to about midway. Then it hits with some caramel and smooth sugary whiskey goodness. That’s far too smooth whiskey to really be just whiskey. I love how this beer is accentuated by the barrel and maintains its smooth richness. This is a lovely sipper.
CampesinoTino (763) - 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.
slowrunner77 (3482) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 5, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
"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 wasn’t 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 I’d hoped. At 4.3, probably my least favorite numbskull (every batch ive had of the base has been better than the last, including last night’s - a 4.5+ on it’s own)."