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RATINGS: 1376   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03   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 14/20
bfeldmann (1049) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 5, 2006
"Beer poured a ruby color. Very little head left okay lacing. Was sweeter then most barleywines. Finished with a hoppy taste. Had a pretty thick mouthfeel. Very good beer."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hippie4beer (162) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JAN 4, 2006
Bottle. Pours a Hazy orange brown color. Aroma is sweet with burnt sugars, cream, alcohol, and a hint of citrus. Flavor is somewhat woody, with note of caramel, alcohol, brown sugar, and slight notes of pine. Smooth medium mouthfeel. This was great at hiding the ABV, just enough to let you know itís there.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - JAN 3, 2006
Thanks JCW. 2005 KC holiday party offering. Brown, muddy color with a nearly non existant head. Aroma of brown sugar, spice, mild honey and citrusy notes. Mouthfeel is huge and malty. The initial taste is brown sugar, spice, and citrusy/earthy. Reminiscant of Bells TCOA. Nice mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - JAN 3, 2006
Tasted on draft @ the brewery. Of all 8 offerings @ the brewery, this one was by far my favorite. Very nice caramel and friut in the nose and mouth. Hop bitterness with alcohol in the back of the throat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
highlandlad (1434) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - JAN 3, 2006
Couldnít decide if this is one of the best beers Iíve sampled, or akin to drinking Pine-o-Clean. The answer probably lies somewhere in the middle. It was certainly a memorable experience, and one Iíd like to repeat without the benefit of two dozen other beers beforehand. It poured a rich copper, with a shortish head. The nose was thickly alcoholic, with traces of juicy fruit, toffee and pine needles. Terrific full mouthfeel, just lovely. And then the taste... Well, itís not shy with its flavours. Itís about as subtle as a headbutt from a French prop forward. Itís like having someone stand with his lips pressed against your ear screaming "HOPS! HOPS MOTHERFUCKER, HOPS!" Itís mouth puckeringly bitter. I could feel my teeth crumbling and my hair falling out. There was caramel in the mix but itís lost in that resinous wash of hops and peppery alcohol. A cruel beer. (Pint bottle, RateBeer Sydney Xmas gathering 2005)

   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 (2641) - 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.

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