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RATINGS: 663   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.13/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This Barrel-Aged version of our American Barleywine Ale is matured in premium bourbon barrels for up to one year to develop its rich and intense flavor profile. The result is an amazingy complex beer that balances the caramel and toasted malt character of the Old Numbskull with notes of vanilla, oak, and bourbon from the barrel aged process. Savor this one now or continue to age it in the bottle for years to come.

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4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - NOV 22, 2006
Another Columbus tasteing heavy hitter.Aroma is a big bourbon flavor.Pours brown with a thin head.Has some sweetness with a strong bourbon flavor.Medium to thick body with a strong bourbon finish.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 21, 2006
Rating #1,000

You see that picture of the bottle numbered #69/225 over there to the left of my rating? Thats that bottle that Enniskillen gave me about 2 years ago, and the one Im dinking right now!

The beer pours a foggy dim amber body and a creamy ivory head. The aroma belches out the vinous implications of oak aging. Tons of lightly sour cherries, a tart hint of buttermilk, pulverized vanilla bean, candied sugars, and an immense fruitiness.
The flavor is very fruity Loads of pear, red apple, plum, date, fig, prune, and cherry This is a freaking Holiday fruitcake dipped in bourbon! Ill tell ya Im grabbing a little buzz here as I finish this bottle up!
The palate is greasy and the finish is dry yet bitter sweet. The overall drink-ability is Tremendous! I was very skeptical as to the rave reviews of this beer but I now see the allure!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KAME (160) - California, USA - NOV 7, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2007 From the bottle at Dr. Bill and Steinys. Pours a hazy reddish brown with a small diminishing off-white head. Aroma is very bready with strong aromas of vanilla, oak, and alcohol. Flavor is very smooth with lots of vanilla tainted malts with an ever so delicate hop bitterness. The sweet toffee presence is very comforting, and only overtaken by the alcoholic burn on the finish. Much more balanced than regular Old Numbskull, but not the best BA barleywine Ive had.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thebaldwizard (1206) - Ohio, USA - NOV 4, 2006
Thanks to OhioDad for sharing this at the last Columbus tasting. This is one hot brew! The pour is golden brown with a light off-white head. The aroma is very hot with bourbon scents. Full and thick palate which leads to the heavy bourbon taste. Very hot and spicey throughout--this could definitely benefit from aging.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sunevdj (3983) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - NOV 3, 2006
Blind rating, American Beer Tastings at Sk8vikings. #102/204. Pours a hazy cobber with a tanned had. Smells really nice of malts and bourbon with a hint of ash. Sweet with strong bourbon flavors with some alcohol notes. Full bodied. Has a long bourbon finish.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
nolankowal (938) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 1, 2006
Bottle shared by the ever-so-generous Ohiodad at CTV3, thanks! Poured a nice amber with a off white head. The aroma was chock full of bourbon notes, vanilla, and a nice chunk of caramel malt. Flavor was a nice shot of boubon as well, vanilla,pine, caramel malt and some dark fruits. Full body, malty with a nice booziness to it without becoming to thin.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 30, 2006
Bottle with a big thanks to OhioDad for sharing: Copper color with a nice white head. Aroma, bourbon, pine, and caramel. Flavor, pine, bourbon, oak, caramel, some vanilla, a nice bitterness to it. The barrel was very good to this beer. I dont think Ive ever been happier to know I have another bottle of something waiting for me.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
black95tt (82) - Doylestown, Ohio, USA - OCT 20, 2006
Alesmith Numbskull is not my favorite barleywine, but Alesmith is my favorite brewery. So I was really looking forward to this. Upon pouring, the BA Numbskull appears slightly darker than the regular. Seems the bourbon soaked oak imparted a dark reddish tinge to the original. Among the added color one can definitely appreciate the loads of bourbon this beer has to offer in both aroma and flavor. The aroma is vanilla, oak, bourbon with some sweet caramel malts barely coming through. Almost no hops in the nose. The palate is medium with subtle carbonation. Bourbon is heavy on the tongue when first sipping. In fact its almost overpowering at first, right up to the point you begin to swallow, ahhhh, there is the barleywine I remember. This beer has alot of everything. Its full of sweet malts, some hop bitterness, and loaded with bourbon. Very nicely done. This makes me want to try BA Speedway even more now. Someday......

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bager (2120) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - OCT 15, 2006
Bottled. Reddish brown coloured with a small head. Very powerfull. Malts, dark fruits, oak andsomewhat hoppy. Very powerfull but still very well balanced.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alafito (334) - tijuana, MEXICO - OCT 2, 2006
Not a Fan of the Barley wines, Too much alcohol content mixed with dried fruits gives it an initial taste of cough syrup. In my second snifter i found whiskey, fruits (cherries and pineapples) vanilla, spices and caramel malts. A tad too sugary with a strong burn, finishes like a glass of bourbon on the rocks with raisin aftertastes.


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