hapjydeuce (996) - Carlsbad, California, USA - OCT 19, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled from the brewery. Hazy mahogany color with minor lacing and beige swirls. Beautiful aroma filled with vanilla, oak, coconut, brown sugar and raisin oatmeal cookies. Really nice. Flavor leans sweet with a touch of smoke and more vanilla. Light whiskey character on the finish. Medium bodied and light carbonation. Awesome palate. Really damn good but i still liked the original bourbon version a bit more. Well done Alesmith!
ClubGonzo (5307) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAY 6, 2016
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle, shared with BBGTC. Pours a deep brown, red-hued body with a small light beige head. Nose is caramel, red fruits, raisins, alcohol and hints of dark syrup, muscovado sugars and dark malts. Taste is rum, raisins, caramel, cream, alcohol, wood and hints of vanilla, grains, nougat, muscovado sugars and dark syrup. Full, creamy body, medium carbonation. Wow. Extreme elegance in progress. The sugars are super-integrated and well balanced, the barrel notes subtle but present. Utter drinking pleasure.
kbudd19 (984) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 10, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Vintage 2013. Appearance is muddy brown with light white head. Aroma is oak, rye spice, and pine. Taste is rye spirits, oak, followed by some light bitterness with a semi dry rye spice finish. Not on the same level as the bourbon, this one is very rye forward and itís not as smooth and somewhat harsh compared to bourbon version. That being said its aged in rye barrels so I guess it should be both harsher and less smooth then something dropped in a bourbon barrel. Notwithstanding I had this next to the bourbon itís still pretty tasty. If you like rye you will dig this.
charule (2112) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 27, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to SP23. Poured hazy brown with caramel off white head. Aroma sweet malty caramel toffee good old rye barrel sauce. Light carb med bod. Taste sweet barrel char classic rye.
fordest (2377) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - FEB 23, 2016
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Best beer of the night. I have not had a BA Numbskull in a long time. And it was my first of the Rye variety. So delicious. I will have to get more of this.
koleminer20 (2115) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - FEB 22, 2016
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
From notes. Enjoyed at the 3rd Annual Barleywine Tasting at Travisís house. 750 mL bottle. The pour is a deep ruby with a nice thin collar of egg shell colored head that vanishes quickly leaving a little lace. The aroma is a little boozy for my liking. There is a pretty hefty rye spice to go with a woodiness and a bit of booze. There is a little caramel and some light (well, dark, but minimal influence) sugar on the back end. The flavor is fantastic. There is a plethora of things happening. The chocolate and caramel balance out wonderfully, there is a light vanilla, a spicy rye, and a pretty good addition of booze. Itís not overly done, just balances well. The mouth feel is thick and viscous. There is a soft carbonation that leaves this baby to hang around for days. The aftertaste is a little hot, but nicely spicy with a wonderful vanilla caramel thing happening. This is a damn good barleywine. AleSmith kills it again.
tmrmwel (1665) - Bergen, NORWAY - FEB 19, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, shared with BBGTC. Pours maroon, with a creamy head. Aroma is sweet roasted malts with grain, heather and toffee, as well as some cocoa and leather. Full body, with soft carbonation. Flavour is sweet roasted malts with grain, kandi, dark fruits and wooden notes, as well as some brown sugar and caramel.
Inbreak (4217) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - FEB 18, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
18.02.2016, 0,75l bottle (2013 vintage) shared @ BBGTC tasting:
Nice creamy mediumlasting head. Aroma is slightly dry mineraly, oak, minerals, caramel malts, bark, weeds, bourbon, burnt sugar, vanilla, dark sugar. Taste is dry mineraly, weeds, minerals, bourbon, grass, bark, alcohol, vanilla, burnt sugar, paper, chocolate, caramel. Medium bitterness, dry boozy mouthfeel. Nice enough.
nimbleprop (7096) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 14, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle pours a murky amber with some spitty, white head. Nose has booze, vanilla, rye, pepper, caramel, mild spice, a bit cakey. Flavor is boozy, sweet malt, spice, brown sugar, vanilla, plenty of barrel. Full bodied, sticky finish but very smooth. Finish really makes it.
Westchesterco (1755) - mclean, Virginia, USA - JAN 10, 2016
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
From a 75 cl bottle shared at the January 9, 2016 Beer tasting. It is a cloudy apple cider color with a slight head. The aroma is boozey and the taste is and the taste is boozey with a hint of mint and finishes as a boozey thin mint cookie
solidfunk (7007) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JAN 9, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lots of caramelized malt and a fair dose of rye here. Light citrus. Amber pour without much head. Lots of booze. Sweet bitter finish with touch of tang. Bottle shared at tasting.