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RATINGS: 1409   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TPaliga (212) - Munster, Indiana, USA - JUN 11, 2006
Pours golden brown with thin head. Aroma is sweet fruit. Pears and apples. Taste is honey, pears, ripe fruit, and slight hops. Feels nice on the toungue with a little thickness toboot. Nice malt balance in the finish. Excellently drinkable barleywine. I will have this again soon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eaglefan538 (2968) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 3, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2007 Re-rate after additional 5/07 (9-12 mos old) and 11/06 (3-6 mos old) tastings: Pour same as original experience. The aroma and flavor consisted of caramel, bread, tea bags, brown sugar, some oranges and molasses. Clear hop presence, keeps this from being a pure malt runaway barleywine, although clearly short of the American Barleywine levels. Neither of these bottles were hot, alcohol well-tamed. Original rating: Poured a reddish brown / orange color with very little head and minimal lacing. The aroma was sweet, hoppy, and of alcohol. The flavor was sharply dominated by the alcohol with a sweet and somewhat fruity touch to a pretty standard malty caramel type barleywine base with a hoppy and resiny aftertaste (molasses seems to be a common theme noted by others, which I might buy if I had it again). Mouthfeel was pretty heavy. Another year or so in the bottle may have improved this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 29, 2006
Bottle, Courtesy of OhioDad. It brings a slight tear to my eye, after hearing that something is really good and then, realizing it for myself. Aroma of caramel and toasty malts combined with raisin and honey. Poured a nice amber with a light cap. Flavor is just excellent, the woodiness of its combination of malts and slight hops really entwine nicely with the caramel. Palate was nice and medium bodied with a lengthy finish that really entices you to have somemore. Overall this was just soooo good. Thanks again Scott!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Boutip (5362) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 23, 2006
Bottle (Courtesy of Hogtownharry): Poured a clear medium brown color ale with a small foamy brown head with minimal retention. Aroma of sweet caramel malt is dominating without being too sweet though. Some floral hops are discernable but nothing overwhelming. Taste is also dominated by sweet malt but I can’t find any complexity of dry fruits characteristics that I usually enjoy. Some hops provide a slightly bitter finish but nothing to overshadow the rest of the beer. Body is defiantly too thin and watery for my liking and alcohol is well hidden. Even do I usually enjoy English style barleywine, I cannot say that I was overly impressed by this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAY 22, 2006
gorgeous beer. red orange deep color with virtually no head. aroma of carmel corn, cherry licorice, cherries. flavor has some menthol to it, along with that cherry licorice flavor and some sour cherry candies, with a touch of cinnamon and a good alcohol vibe.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GonZoBeeR (2987) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 21, 2006
Aroma:strong caramel-wood aroma... Appearance:Dark amber,small head.... Flavor:Alcohol,caramel and wood but a litle bit to watery for a barley wine...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Shag (2723) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAY 20, 2006
A dark amber appearance with a small head. A cherry, orange, and caramel aroma. The flavor is well balanced but more in the American mold in my opinion. A strong citrus flavor exists with some maltiness in the background. The mouthfeel is a little light with a slight alcohol burn. Not the best Ive had but still damn good.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
alafito (334) - tijuana, MEXICO - MAY 17, 2006
Mi first Barleywine so im rating this compared to probably a strong ale or a quadruple. Mi first impresion was that this bottle had gone flat.. no head whatsoever and no lacing left at all, i thought this was either flat of it had no body and was going to be very watery. It did however have the most delicious sent ive sniffed out of a brew. Candy caramel, dates, figs, chocolate, hops, dough, earth and spices you name it ...mmm good But once you try it the resin, alcohol and eter overwhelm everything its bitter and full of alchol, there is some fizzyness but for me the wonderfull tastes and aromas were all thrown to the garbage and replaced by a bitter alcholic bad wine taste. But if this is barleywine then im not a fan!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mjg74 (2910) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAY 8, 2006
Bottled. Pours a syrupy dark ruby color. Sticky sweet hoppy aroma with a fair amount of maltiness. Some candy notes. Thick mouthfeel. Dark roasted flavor right up front with some dark fruitiness. Somewhat bitter hoppy flavor. A touch of alcohol. Warms going down.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bartzilla (586) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAY 7, 2006
Pretty good. Thick. Sweet. Burnt lavender branches. Reconstituted fig leaves. Reminds me of the time I woke up in the bushes with my wallet gone and blood all over my shirt. Juliet swears she had nothing to do with it. Yeah, right. This stuff is strong, powerful and delicious. Could stand to see a few more hops in the mix, but then it wouldn’t taste as traditional as it does. I could dip a banana in this stuff.

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