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RATINGS: 1471   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 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2007
Given the "big" beers Iíve had from Alesmith, this barley wine seemed not very extreme. While not groundbreaking, it is an extremely drinkable and pleasant barley wine. It pours a hazy, dull brown with virtually no head. Aroma is light hops with a significant caramel malt presece. Taste is also a lot of caramel malt, with a good amount winey oakiness. This beer hides its 11% ABV extremely well. Mouthfeel is fairly sophisticated and complex, better than most champaigns Iíve had. This is the most drinkable barley wine Iíve ever had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - JAN 24, 2007
Pours a bright reddish orange with a very suttle white head. Sweet malts, light cherries, a prevalant alcohol in the smell. heavy on the hops with a nice blend of malts, chocolate, caramel as well. A little bitterness is detected in the finish which matches nicely. Very well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - JAN 13, 2007
Bottle.Not sure which vintage, silver foil and blue design. Pours with a brown color and a nice light brown head. Aromas of fruit and raisins. The flavor is not as hoppy as claimed, but rather dominated by malts. Again the raisins and plums come through, and of course some alcohol notes. Nice mouthfeel and finish, very smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - JAN 5, 2007
From a silver foiled wrapped neck and cap, green 750 ml. bottle, mine is the one with electric blue design and the blue filling in the anvil spaces, so 2003 vintage, a blurb and serving instructions on the back of bottle, poured carefully to leave the sediment in bottle, sampled at cellar temperature in a tulip glass. Poured a hazy golden orangey hued bright amber with a tiny off-white head that quickly settled into a fine lacing, very minimal amount of sticking. Aromas of caramel and raisins with figs, lightly tropical fruity as well, floral and ethanol alcohol. Good moderate carbonation and a crisp, dryish alcohol, velvety smooth fullish medium bodied mouthfeel, close to perfect for the English barley wine style. Pleasant sipping ability, delicious and balanced taste, raisin, plum and a light fig fruitiness, a subtle caramel with a honey sweetness, a soft tropical fruity hoppiness emerges towards the middle, a nice, cushy bitterness, the alcohol has an ethanol-like flavor, mild, but warming in the palate, and a dry, sweet malty, fruity alcohol finish. This was a bottle I acquire in late 2005 and forgot about, left to age in my basement, an excellent example of an English-style barley wine, well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 5, 2007
slightly hazy amber with a nice tan head that leaves a thin film. aroma nicely balanced rich malty dried fruit and piney hops. warm alcohol and dried berries as well. bittersweet spicy flavor. caramel and dried fruit with a nice hop presence. spicy bitter dry finish. warm alcohol. creamy carbonation. fairly thick. very good barley wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
smhncabot (310) - Cabot, Arkansas, USA - JAN 4, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2007 nose caramel and alcohol. flavor is smooth caramel and bisccuit. quite tasty not hoppy enough though

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - JAN 4, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2009 A fantastic beer. Very mellow and malty to start out with but has a nice bittering finish to the beer. The aroma is sweet and caramely. At this moment I cannot think of a better barleywine that I have had. Although I am sure that I have not found the best quite yet. Very good beer. ---re-rate--- Fresh bottle. Lots of alcohol, sweet caramel, and some pine hops. This beer is still very good. Iíll keep the rating as is. ---re-rate--- Fresh bottle. 8-21-2009 Thanks Dave (Strykezone). Aroma is slightly oxidized, but it works in this. Very ripe caramel and fruity yeast. Caramel, non-aggressive hops- well, balanced. The yeast profile really makes this beer. Yum.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
drmatt (51) - THE LOU, Missouri, USA - JAN 4, 2007
nice malty nose. pours with no head, cloudy amber color. taste is amazing, biscuity, malty flavor. smooth bitter finish. mouth feel is smooth and creamy. now my favorite b wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - JAN 1, 2007
Bottle. 2005, I think. Opened this to celebrate the new year with some friends. Lots of sediment in there. Damn good aroma of piney and floral hops to go along with vanilla, caramel and some fleshy fruit (pineapple, pear) The mouthfeel blurs the line between barley wine and IIPA. Very dry, hoppy and astringent. Itís balanced with a little malty sweetness from caramel, honey and those fruit. Very good, and strong. Would be excellent if the hops were toned down just a bit.

   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.

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