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RATINGS: 1458   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03/5   IBU: 96   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
Bottle conditioned.
Caramel and toffee notes abound in this deep copper-colored American Barleywine-style ale alongside toasted malt and a hint of ripe dark fruits. Old Numbskull showcases malt sweetness, intense American hops, and an aggressive bitterness. Extremely well-balanced, the full-bodied mouthfeel and assertive hop profile leads into a deceptively smooth finish. Old Numbskull can be enjoyed now or laid down for years to come.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ibrew2or3 (8024) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 3, 2006
12/02/06 Walk the Line Barleywine Festival, Dunedin, FL. 1999 vintage sampled from a 0.750L bottle. It poured a hazy brownish orange with tan head. The aroma was light with burnt oak, sweet caramel. The flavor was smooth fruity kind of sweet red wine maybe, vanilla, caramel and sweet candy orange. Delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2006
Orange brown in color. Pures with no head. The carbonation was minimal. Aroma of caramel and fruity hops. The taste was semi sweet with caramel malts, citrus hops in the background and finish. Malty. The mouthful was very smooth ,delicate,and alittle thin. As this beer warmed the body became thicker, which is a good thing. Very easy to drink. Funny, I was expecting alot more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
peterstrongale (43) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 27, 2006
Warm brown beer with medium sized beige head. Aroma is sweet hoppy with lots of caramel, buttertoffee, candi, malts, and sweet cakes, and breads. Also hints of raisins, bitter maramlade and fine hops. Taste is powerfull and masive. Very round attack in the mouth with a rich sweetness. Taste is nutty, and medium sweet that ends with an interesting bitterness of fine hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
asmithbeer (71) - California, USA - NOV 23, 2006
This is a pretty awesome beer. Canít remember the details of the aroma and appearance, but this guy is malty and complex and damn good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 15, 2006
750. Beer is medium-dark caramel brown with an average-sized, beige, frothy head that mostly diminishes into a ring of glossy sea foam.<P> The aroma is more hop-focused in the American style. Itís malty with moderate notes of toasted grain, caramel, light note of cookie; Hoppy with a moderate note of resin/pine, cedar; Yeasty with a light note of dough; Miscellaney includes moderate notes of peppery alcohol, raisin, plum.<P> The flavor is moderately sweet, moderately-to-heavily bitter with a long, warm, moderately bitter, lightly sweet finish.<P> The body is medium, the texture is velvety and the carbonation is lively. Teensy bit salty in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 13, 2006
750ml bottle. Aroma: Sweet maltiness with notes of toasted nuts, caramel, yeasty bread, plums, a touch of citrus, and some subtle spiciness. Alcohol is there but not overbearing. Appearance: Murky reddish-brown in color. Off white head was full and creamy, but didnít last long. Nice lacing. Flavor: Sweet maltiness comes on first with caramel and a nice toasted quality. Some cocoa and vanilla and light woodiness. A surprising level of bitterness kicks in towards the middle. Full of pine and resin, it sticks around just long enough to introduce the finish. Alcohol is medium-strong into the finish. Finish is fairly dry for such a sweet starting beer. Palate: Full bodied. Moderate carbonation. Strong alcohol warming in back and roof of mouth. Overall: A great barleywine that is very drinkable. Almost dangerously so.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
desurfer (1278) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - NOV 12, 2006
Clear, deep copper with a small beige head. Aroma is malty and alcoholic. Flavor is bready and boozy, with some doughy malts, hops, and smoke being engulfed by alcohol and dry sweetness. Nice barleywine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - NOV 9, 2006
750mL courtesy of my Secret Santa, no idea of the date. Pours a clear orangeish red with a minimal light yellowish head. Aroma has some earthy hops, alcohol, toasty malts and peanuts, dark chocolate covered raisins and dirty caramel. The flavor has some dark chocolateyness up front, fairly sweet almost to the middle, and then turns more bitter. The finish was dry with some lingering bitterness. Iím not sure what it is--either the bit of odd bitterness or too much ETOH, but the taste was not quite superb for me. The alcohol is apparent midway through and continues to be clear down in mi estomago. Maybe I drank this too young--had no idea about the bottling date. Syrupy body, light-moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - NOV 4, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2006 2004 Vintage. Poured a dark murky crimson/grape juice with a small creamy off-white head. Aroma is rich, sweet and oaky, with notes of sweet wine and molasses and some honey. Flavor is off-dry with complex notes of smoky molasses, red wine grapes, and a strong biting dryness that starts sharp in the beginning and slowly fades out, leading to a long dry finish. A nice mix of strength and subtlety. This would be even better if the body were more substantial and the flavor somewhat less smoky. But it still has the delicate Alesmith craftsmanship Iíve come to expect. Solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - NOV 4, 2006
Another nice find from BevMo in Pasadena. Pours a rich chestnut brown with a medium light tan head. Sweet aroma of caramel, vanilla, dried berries and brown sugar. Nicely layered flavors with plenty of roasted malt, pepper, mild hops and overripe fruit. Smooth, rich mouthfeel and a very long, swwet and enticoing finish with a warming alcohol kiss.

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