Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - DEC 30, 2006
Reddish brown colour with a nice head. Nice aroma of heavy burned caramel also much aroma of American hops. Very alcoholic with flavour of bourbon, malt oaks and caramel. jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2006
Bottle 93/227 courtesy of my man Naven. Believe the hype on this one. Excellent beer. Barrel aging adds a whole different demention. Aroma, appearance, and palate all 5/5. More oak than bourbon. bgburdman9 (861) - columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2006
Bottle at CT4 courtesy of sliffy. Aroma of sweetness and bourbon with a little alcohol coming through. Flavor was sweet, caramel, brown sugary, and bourbon. Very nice an balanced but just a little too much alcohol coming through. Great beer. LeopoldStoch (201) - Green, Ohio, USA - NOV 30, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2007 Thanks to Naven for the bottle! Very appreciated. Now on to this beer. Been meaning to put my rating in for this for quite some time now. This beer smelled great with awesome fruits, oak, caramel malts, and BIG bourbon. The appearance got pretty bad marks for the muddled rusty color with not much head to speak of what so ever. Even being aged for 2 years didnt seem to do a whole lot for subduing the immense amount of booziness and alcohol in the flavors. It was good, but for two years aged it was still so prominent that any thing else was hardly noticeable or masked by the alcohol. A good beer, and great rare treat to have, and I am glad to of tried it...Thanks Naven!
Rerate: I shared this a while ago with Black95tt, MikeMcallister, and the Owner of Vintage Estates, Ron. Still really got a lot of bourbon in the nose, but other things were alittle more noticeable and complex this time. The flavors really seem to meld with the barrel aging a lot better the second time around on this beer. Lots of sweet and smooth caramel malts, a little bit of bourbon, some toasted wood and oak, and several other subtleties. Very enjoyable brew! My rerate would bump up the palate a point from 3 to 4, and the flavors from a 7 to a 9. awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 26, 2006
From a 750mL Bottle. Pours a relatively still, murky honey red color with a small trace of bubbly off-white head. Lots of bourbon in the nose, bringing out shades of vanilla, caramel, and loads of oak. Some light green raisins and bourbony pineapple provide a nice light fruity base. Very woody and bourbon forward bouquet. Medium bodied, relatively still mouthfeel. Caramelly malts and some white vinous notes blend nicely with vanilla and oak. A second wave of flavor brings out some bitter hop notes, more dry oakiness and a touch of bourbony heat. Not bad, but I’m actually finding myself to prefer the richer fruit and hop characters of the standard Old Numbskull over the barrel aged version, which has more of a hot, oaky bias.
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - NOV 26, 2006
Rich bourbon cream aroma, resplendent with cherries, raisins, hints of milky chocolate and dark brown rum cooked with bananas. Ruby pour, with orange-yellow fringes. Hardly any head. Flavor is along the lines of the arom, with rich, creamy and almost oily sugar tannins, lots of tawny, pear, raisins and sweet cream vanilla, intended for oaky sugars. Quite light on the carbonation, which is a bummer. There’s a sweet tinge of euro-like hops along the backedge, but it makes the old hop presentation moan, as this is more subdued and to my liking. I enjoyed the light oxidization character of this beer, as truer to the plummy, raisin-like sweetness characters of the style, but without carbonation and some warmth noticeable from the barrel, I don’t find this a phenomenal improvement over the straight version. However, I certainly do not believe this to be a top 50 beer. 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. matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 21, 2006
KAME (160) - California, USA - NOV 7, 2006
You see that picture of the bottle numbered #69/225 over there to the left of my rating? That’s that bottle that Enniskillen gave me about 2 years ago, and the one I’m 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! I’ll tell ya… I’m 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!
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2007 From the bottle at Dr. Bill and Steiny’s. 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 I’ve had. thebaldwizard (1207) - 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.