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RATINGS: 1371   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - JAN 1, 2006
Thanks csbosox. Pour brown, red, and orange with a nice brown head. Beautiful. The nose is full of caramel, toffee, vanilla, and berry notes. The toffee and vanilla tag along into the flavor and are teamed up with some smoke and a long lingering alcohol finish. Light to medium body, yet the tongue is coated nicely. Iíd like another glass please.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - JAN 1, 2006
A hazy amberorange beer with a white head. Very fruity and raisiny aroma with malt and orange notes. Good balance. Dry and quite sharp flavor of malt with woody notes and a warming tone of alcohol. Flavorfull and nice, but rather sharp and not as balanced as the best barley wines.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 31, 2005
Bottle. Thanks to jsquire for his Secret Santa x-mas gift.
Brown with a touch of orange. Some head, but not much. Wonderfull hoppy aroma with a sweet base of malts. Gave me goose bumps. A bit thinner body than expected. Toast and caramell in taste with some concentrated grape fruit juice in there. Surprisingly bitter for a barley wine - but thatís the american way, I guess. I like. Long powerful hoppy and peppery aftertaste. Not too sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2621) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - DEC 31, 2005
Good stuff! Cloudy dark brown with a reddish tint. Full foaming head. Rich sherried malt and fruitcake aroma, I like that in a barleywine. Peppery and earthy hops. Slight alcohol burn. Very smooth and rounded with an earthy and grassy character/, and maybe a touch of tobacco leaf.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CMUBEERMAN (421) - - DEC 29, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2006 Iíve had this in an aged bottle and at the brewery. Why the hell is it down here. This is the best barleywine Iíve had, and Iíve had them all. Amazingly balanced...what the hell. Huge fruit and malt start...tight and clean hop and alcohol finish. *** I have to take this down a bit now, because I had an unaged bottle that was very flat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 27, 2005
lemon hop aroma with malt in the background. Pours a beautiful orange-red, cloudy, with a nice head. Flavour is dominated by hops, harsh alcohol finish. Time of bottling is unknown - perhaps it needed some more aging. As it stands a beer that didnít live up to the hype.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
presario (4877) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 27, 2005
Cloudy orange with a light head. Big hop and alcohol aroma. Alcohol is not hidden at all. Like a high high alcohol IIPA. Not syrupy but no Christmas aroma or flavour that I like in a Barley Wine.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - DEC 25, 2005
received bottles of this in trade from kms399 and lou18, thanks guys. beer #8 at the IC gathering. very pleasing aroma of sweet caramel and buttered toast. orangey amber on the pour with some decent lace. palate seemed a little thin but more than made up for it by being buttery smooth. nice BW!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 24, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2008 Duane brought a bottle of this to hey_kevinís iowa city gathering. Barley wines just arent my thing, but here it goes. Reddish/orange color with a quickly disapating white head. Some alcohol, caramel, and spice in the aroma. Flavor is just the same. Nice creamy mouthfeel. I know a well made beer when I have one, but this just isnít my style of beer.

Re-rate: Duane shared a bottle of this with myself and Nimrod. Thanks!!! Malty caramel and some hop citrus in the aroma. Dried fruit flavors mesh well with some spiciness and piney hops. Very smooth and velvety - easy to drink. Excellent bw!

Old rating: 7/4/8/4/14

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
heemer77 (5167) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - DEC 23, 2005
I preferred this over the BA version. The body is dark orange with a thin white head. The aroma was rich caramel with some bread and pears. There was also a nice buttery note. Extremely rich. The taste was peanuts with some light bread crust. There was also faint butter and some black pepper. Nicely done.

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