pushkinwow (2789) - Ottawa, CANADA - JAN 15, 2017
Bottle opened up at the 2016 Ottawa Year-end Gathering. Dark mahogany with a beige head. Sweet and boozy with brown sugar and vanilla, burnt toffee, rye, oak, some raison and prune, mild+ carbonation and full body, smooth and boozy, vanilla and brown sugar continue throughout. rejtable (2671) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 12, 2016
Bottle at Xmas 2016 gathering, thanks Stephen! Pours brown, some foamy head and lots of lacing. Nose is sweet molasses. Notes of rye peppery, molasses, some maple syrup. Taste med/big sweet, medium bitter. Medium sticky body with lively carbonation. jackl (8071) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2016
Sample shared @ RBWG Tampa. Thanks to whoever brought this! Deep brown pour with a tan head. Rich set of aromas. Boozy, toasty barrel. Dark candied fruits. Plum. Mellow spice. Dark chocolate. Flavor of hot, sweet toasted grain. Caramelized trail mix. Dark fruits. Mellow ash. RIch and supple. Quite sweet, but enjoyable. ClubGonzo (5670) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAY 6, 2016
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 (1019) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 10, 2016
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 it’s 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 it’s still pretty tasty. If you like rye you will dig this.
charule (2268) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 27, 2016
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 (2470) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - FEB 23, 2016
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 (3591) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - FEB 22, 2016
From notes. Enjoyed at the 3rd Annual Barleywine Tasting at Travis’s 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. It’s 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 (2089) - Bergen, NORWAY - FEB 19, 2016
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 (5883) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - FEB 18, 2016
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.