boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - FEB 19, 2007
#88 of 227. Generous off white head. Great retention slowly leaves behind grand lacing. The body is a devilish looking blood red, very exciting to gaze upon. Aroma starts with fresh oak and mild cedar. As it opens up whisky starts to pour through. Very lovely. Far more complexity than the standard Numbskull offering. Pineapple, apple, some juniper and plenty of spice. This aroma is near perfect and certainly worthy of a ten, so exciting. Reminds me of being in a big closet. Flavor is a real stunner as well. Vanilla and wood are towering, embracing. Caramel malt is of a perfect consistency and quantity. Touches of cocoa and marshmallow sneak in and out. Hops are shy but still noticeable, near the original dosing. A backnote of cinnamon and paprika round out this superbly flavored beer. Finishes spicy. Semi-dry with great bitterness brings me quickly back for more. Palate is thick, alcohol very warming. Big power and expression here, well done Alesmith. JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - FEB 8, 2007
Bottle #88 courtesy of boboski. Light copper color with dark tints. Wispy soapy head. Aromas reminiscent of whisky/bourbon and also tannic oak and alcohol. Aromas of dark spice and musk mix in. Thick syrupy palate. The taste begins with a hop stab, but there’s a bourbon character throughout that’s not overwhelming. Dark pit fruit and raisin in there as well. An excellent brew. Dark, musky, I felt like I should have been wearing a smoking jacket while drinking this. mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - FEB 8, 2007
Courtesy Boboski. Bottle # 88 of 227. Pours a lovely ruby maroon color, with not much head. Very powerful nose. Sweet malts are massive. Alcohol is present. Slight hints of whiskey, caramel, and vanilla as well. Starts off kind of light at the front, alot of caramle malts and burnt hickory wood. Sweetness is light but there, nice smooth finish. This one is very nicely done. It is very nicely balanced and the alcohol is present but not overpowering. gputty (456) - Virgina Beach, Virginia, USA - JAN 21, 2007
2004, 89 of 240, 750 courtesy of DarkElf, thanks Stephen! Poured a brilliant copper with thin off white head. Nose of bourbon, caramel malt and light fruits. Flavor follows with a medium palate. Nothing too complex but very nicely done. Immy (1958) - Virginia Beach, USA - JAN 19, 2007
C&C 750. 2004 edition, numbered 89 of 240. Big thanks to gputty for sharing! Burnt orange with a light tan head. Boozy fruit nose, oranges, vanilla, plus all the othee ON scents. This is a care where the barrel aging really works well, as the wood imparts a bit of vanilla and oak, plus knocks the mildly rough heges off, creating one of the most refined barleywines I’ve tasted. Excellent.
kmweaver (3208) - Petaluma, California, USA - DEC 30, 2006
2004 bottle #81/227, courtesy of gears81. Thanks, Jake!! Pours a clear, oily, reddish-amber appearance; minimal head formation, leaving a trail of off-white bubbles at the perimeter. Generous, sweet-bourbon nose: very boozy, with hints of raisins and brown sugar, along with a minimal sour-mash tartness. Layer upon layer of flavor: bourbon, hints of wood and oak, maple syrup and vanilla; like the most gentle, warming bourbon one could hope for. It’s almost hard to recognize the regular Old Numbskull underneath this, but i hardly miss it here. Lengthy, layered, vanilla bourbon finish: sweet and toasty. 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.