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RATINGS: 1462   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03/5   IBU: 96   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - DEC 28, 2006
On tap @ the Linkery tonight, as well as many other times throughout town. I had a pint of this tonight, and thoroughly enjoyed it. I realized when I got home that I had never rated this one. The pour is awesome. even with the small head, this beer looks divine. The aroma was very "belgian" to me, something I havenít noticed in the past. Taste is fruity with some faint caramel in the background. My only gripe is that this beer is pretty hot in the finish. This beer screams hangover to me. Strong, very strong.....would age well.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - DEC 27, 2006
Pours out a deep amber color with a very small head. Aroma is some what sweet with hints of hops. Flavor is great. It has a nice sweetness to it at first and changes over to a nice warming bitter finish. Great brew!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
WeeHeavySD (3379) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 23, 2006
Bottle. 2005 or 2006 vintage unsure, bought new at a whole foods so who knows. Had it several times, but hadnít really sat down and enjoyed it, so I decided to sit and rate it with some friends. Pours yellow amber with a large puffy tan head. The nose is full of sweet smoky dried fruit. The taste is very smooth and warming, notes of caramel and drid fruit. Has a great throat warming quality that finishes with a smoky roasty aftertaste.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 20/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 14, 2006
Very sweet with bitterness so well hidden! Delightful brew. Somewhat thick and quite rich in caramel malt. Bitterness in the aftertaste only. A real winner.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ibrew2or3 (8059) - 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.

3.5
   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.

3.9
   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.

4.3
   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.

3.4
   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.

4
   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.


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