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RATINGS: 1383   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sfontain (845) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 3, 2005
750 mL from The Andersons, Columbus, OH. Lovely pour: Dark red, a little syrupy-looking, and a medium, frothy, easy-to-resummon head. Extremely fragrant; exploding with malty aroma along with orange and brown sugar and, strangely, banana. Flavor is just knock-you-down strong; asskicking malt with a killer hop aftertaste; I love it, but itís simply too much. Thick, moderately sticky, but a bit cloying. 6 oz. of this would have been enough; instead, I drank all 750 mL, and it was admittedly tough. Good beer, but just too over the top, even for me.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chriso (7497) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 3, 2005
Bottled at the London gathering, November 2005. Thanks to Captain Cougar for bringing this one over. Hazy copper colour. Big and brash with a big mix of grainy caramel malt and citric hop. My notes say "nice mouthfeel" which isnít exactly too revealing but do think it works, which I donít always find to be the case with the malt/hop conjunction in these big US beers. But I still think I prefer my barley wines to be a little more refined and subtle, hence it doesnít quite achieve top marks from me.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - DEC 2, 2005
Bottle poured dark caramel with a big, thick head and heavy lacing. Strong aroma of citrus, hops, fruits. Flavor of Sweet malts, caramel, citrus and ripe fruits. Awesome, smooth, creamy, easy drinking barley wine that just seemed to get better as it warmed in the glass. Alcohol was not over powering at all. Would like to try another bottle of this.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 16, 2005
Bottle. So far both the Old Numbskull and the barrel aged version have been my least favourite Alesmiths, having said that, iíve enjoyed them both. Gristy sweetish malt characters, with piney American hops, ever so slightly vinous. Malts are a bit caramelly and toasty. Its nice, but US barley wines have never been a favourite with me.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mungo (2471) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - NOV 16, 2005
Bottle @ London Gatherying, Nov 05. Citrus hops and an almost grainy malt flavour I have found in several US beers. Some alcohol. This would have been pretty good but the grainy malty flavour put me off.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - NOV 16, 2005
Aroma was of fermented apples. Murky copper color body with decent off white head. This one had a medium flaovr to it. Not that numbing alcohol warming effect. Did get some caramel flavor in the finish. Smooth enjoyable beer.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2005
Bottled at the Chris_O Beer, Cheese and Curry powwow. A hazy reddy brown coloured beer with no head to speak of. The aroma is full of malts, hops and alcohol. It really is a lovely smell. The taste is also massively rewarding. Big hop taste, big malts and big alcohol. I can see why this wouldnít appeal to some people (Steve) but I found this just wonderfully tasty. Big thanks to CaptainCougar for bringing this one over to Kook and to Kook for sharing.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
harrisoni (15314) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2005
Bottle at London Gathering Nov 05. As per usual Silk was completely wrong on this beer (although he was correct with the Cantillon Cognac and the Lyme Bay mead). Maeib and I both enjoyed this. Hazy russet colour with beige head. Big US hop aroma. Lime and grapefruit. Pretty good actually. Nothing too distinguished with it, some good malt, but it ticks all the right boxes. Kept going back to it throughout the evening.

0.7
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
SilkTork (5412) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - NOV 13, 2005
Nov, 2005. Kilburn Palace Bottle Fest. Ugly stale hop heavy aroma. No freshness here. Unpleasant sweet, hop soaked flavour. Unable to swallow. Ugly stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - NOV 12, 2005
Bottle at Chrisí meetup by way of Kook and CaptainCougar (I think?). Cloudy red beer with medium head. Alcoholic, malty and fruity aroma. Flavour is quite typical of the style, sweet malt and fruity, lots of alcohol and not too hoppy. Tasty.


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