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RATINGS: 598   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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Old Numbskull aged in bourbon barrels. Limited release December 2004 available only at the brewery in individually numbered 750 mL foil-topped bottles. The first barrel-aged batch was brewed in 2002, racked to an oak bourbon barrel in 2003, and bottled in 2004. A second barrel-aged batch was brewed in 2004 and released in September of 2006.


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4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
daleharshman (927) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 26, 2012
Tap at brewery a few weeks back. Pours a nice mahogany hue with a thin layer of tan foam. Aroma mainly of earthy peaty malts, strong bourbon, and vanilla with lesser notes of caramel, thick molasses, and dried fruit. The hoppiness of fresh Numbskull has really faded in the nose here. Flavor has significant bourbon, dark sticky toffee, chocolate-covered maraschino cherries, wet oak, and brown sugar. There is still some hop-tinged flavors here, but the barrel is dominant. Mildly sweet and a bit soft on the palate. There is a tingle of alcohol in the finish -- it warms but does not distract here. Excellent execution on this one. Glad to finally get to try this one...it completes my trifecta of barrel-aged Alesmith classics, along with the equally amazing BA Speedway and BA Wee Heavy. (474, 692)


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kathouse (1057) - Nevada, USA - NOV 17, 2014
Picked this bottle up at Alesmith. Pours a dark murky brown with a modest tan foam. Foam dwindles to just the rim and no lacing. Figs, brown sugar, raisins, and alcohol presence make a complex and warming brew. The toffee aroma is sweet and the body full. Dark fruits round out the finish which is slightly dry, but leaves you wanting more. I had this with a piece of pumpkin bread. Thoroughly enjoyable.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ericdevin (874) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - NOV 10, 2014
Bottle from Brouwer’s, via Dean. Pours a dark black-brown, little to no tan head. Aroma oaky, vanilla, some dried fruit. Body full and smooth with a strong, oaky bite in the back end. Too hot for my taste, but I get why people dig it.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sarlacc83 (900) - Oregon, USA - OCT 20, 2014
Bottle from the Station. A: Dark brown; mahogany. Big fluffy creme colored head. Lacing. N: Toffee, bourbon, vanilla, caramel, pine, earth, butterscotch, pineapple, biscuit, walnut. Raisin. T: Big sweet barleywine. Some bitterness to balance,but this is a big sweetie. M: Treacly, heavier body. Big alcohol, as one might expect. O: The beer which Mother of All Storms wants to be. Plenty of barleywine notes enhanced by delicious bourbon. Bra-vo.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nuplastikk (4667) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 19, 2014
750ml shared by Brad. Big ups! Big boozy caramel aroma. Foamy off-white head on top of a burgundy amber brown body. World Class, big barrel tones. Excellent malt depth. Perfectly executed beer. No alcohol harshness, no overbearing booze. Phenomenal Barleywine. Smooth bourbon caramel candy. Solid.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TonyDiUlio (650) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 11, 2014
Fantastic barrel aged beer. Had at the brewery with audrey. Was happy as a clam. Smooth taste with little alcohol taste. Really awesome

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
slowrunner77 (6019) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 9, 2014
"Newest release. Pours significantly darker than the base BW. Wonderful aroma of bourbon, vanilla, oak, caramel and hops. I though the hop presence of the bw might be a game changer, and it was, lending a great complexity to this beer despite the longtime in barrels. Taste is everything the aroma was plus a little earthy nuttiness, bourbon heavy but not dominant. This was a loooong time whale and was not a let down."

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hombrepalo (1841) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 8, 2014
Bottle from a trade. Pours a coffee brown with tan head. Aroma is nice, some vanilla, oak, coffee, with some caramel. Taste was delicious, flavors of coffee, caramel, vanilla, and booze all intermingling together nicely. A notch below King Henry, very very good. Glad to have finally tried this one.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AdamJackson (2786) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 6, 2014
golden orange 1 finger bubbly head fades slowly. Smells of smoked meat, cigars, tobacco and cloves. taste is sweet, boozy, lots of cough medicine and a mix of sweet potato / yam, brown sugar, boozy whiskey and honey.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
suprchunk (2313) - Crestview, Florida, USA - SEP 6, 2014
Deep chestnut. Small off white head. No lacing. Bourbon aroma and malt. Bourbon vanilla taste. Boozy.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daje (2609) - NORWAY - AUG 20, 2014
Bottle at Schouskjelleren, july 1st 2014. Copper brown body with a thin tanned head. Aroma is malty with oak, bourbon, toffee. Sweet caramel taste with alcohol notes, bourbon, dark fruits, light vanilla sting in finish. Warm boozy aftertaste with balanced sweetness and a light roast character. Quite excellent!


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