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RATINGS: 1433   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - AUG 29, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2008 As long as Iíve been reading this site and drinking some fine beers, itís finally time to review! Letís start off on the good foot. Bottle: The pour looks thick and cloudy before it even hits the glass. Head is minimal, but the small amount of lacing holds through the entire glass. Aroma show signs of that caramelly sweetness, but it seemed ever so slightly hot. Very little hops detected. Flavors ran the gamut here and I detected different things ever sip. THere was prevelant caramelly sweetness, with occasionally dashes of saltiness upfront, and hints of cherries and/or grapefruit mid-sip. The beer felt thick, but not real syrupy. It took a ful 10 seconds for the hop bitterness to show up after swallowing, but they provided a dry bitterness that lingered forever. Ironic that the aroma showed very little piney hop scents. Great beer, best barley wine Iíve had so far.

I hate to do this Old Numby, and my first ever beer review, but I gotta take the score down. Just doesnít seem as good now. The hops taste a little off, maybe a certain staleness to them, and the aroma has some vegetable element to it. Never attractive, even when broccoli smells like itself. Pleasant malt taste for sure, but I remember it not being so subdued; initially I liked the boldness. Still good, but not 4.5 good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 27, 2006
Turbid coppery rust with lots of floaties, thin light tan head. Musty nose of brown sugared covered apricots, soft candied pine, hints of peach, tangerine, and booze. Very light chocolate notes emerge after further warming. Rich fruity hop flavors up front include spruce, pine and touches of citrus. Itís very well balanced with a strong sweet toasty caramel malt backbone. Medium to full bodied, light carbonation, bittersweet finish. Good stuff, but the OA version is more my cup of tea...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
snowden719 (130) - USA - AUG 23, 2006
Pours deep amber with a small to medium white head. Aroma is pine hops, caramel malt, some honey. Flavor has a nice buttery taste to go along with the caramel up front with a nice pine finish. Alcohol adds a nice warmth to the beer. Mouthfeel is decently substantial.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
vyvvy (5134) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - AUG 19, 2006
Once again I must thank Beerdrenched for generously sharing a quality beverage. Pours deep garnet with a light tan head. LOTS of rich caramel malt - bready, toffee thickness. Thich chewy mouthfeel with somewhat sharp carbonation. Taste has lots of bready toffee, caramel, alcohol warmth, cream and vanilla - there are a ton of things going on here. Finish brings out more of the ABV warmth and some licorice hints. Excellent barleywine that I must find again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lowe1983 (1413) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - AUG 14, 2006
Pours an amber color with a medium off-white head. Aroma is of caramel, citrus and pine hops, yeast, dark fruits, and some alcohol. Flavor is very similar with nice alcohol warming. Flavor lingers for awhile. Pretty delicious barley wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
505 (271) - Echo Park, California, USA - AUG 9, 2006
Pretty malty, yeasty aroma. I wanted some more hops, but oh well. Taste is similar, caramel, yeasty, very belgian tasting. It was a good beer, but not my favorite barley wine. I was a little disappointed as I love Alesmith.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JoshuaB (476) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - AUG 8, 2006
Solid, solid as a rock, as sung by Ashford and Simpson. Anywho, sampled this on tap. Poured a deep burnt amber with red specks and swirls. Aroma is in your face hops and toffee and carmel. Taste is more of the same. A bit kncoked off for too much carbonation, but that is stretching it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 3, 2006
Rating #300: Bottle: Clear dark amber color, with a thin fizzy off white head. Aroma, rich malts, some alcohol, and some dark fruits. Flavor, sweet up front, but it quickly gives way to a nice floral and earthy bitterness. Very malty, but the hops come through on the end to make for something quite special. Some alcohol does come through on the tail end, but itís not hot enough to be a problem.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bdjames29 (273) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 31, 2006
My first barley wine experience. Very different. Maybe I should have tried a bad barley wine first. I sturggled through my first glass, but then came to enjoy the second. Very present alcohol taste. Lots of complex fruit aromas and flavors. Terrific appearance. Overall, very pleasing. I will want to try more barley wines.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
asteele8 (322) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - JUL 30, 2006
Bottle. Poured a dark brown color with a very little head. Aroma is fruit, caramel, and hops. Taste is actually pretty smooth even though it smells as though it could be harsh. Taste is pretty full of hops. A nice kick at the end of a bitter tingling. Nice presence of alcohol not too overbearing. Very enjoyable barley wine, would love to cellar it.

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