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RATINGS: 1366   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MikeMac (185) - Wyandotte, Michigan, USA - OCT 12, 2005
Poured hazy orange with a nice frothy white head Aromas of citrus and hops with carmel sweetness. Nice hop flavor with mild citrus.Bread like after taste, Mild mouth feel . Flavors were not to over board for a barley wine . the price was a bit of a turn off 12.99 did not seem to be a great value . 750 ml bottle not sure on vintage date

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mephisto (1275) - TAIWAN - OCT 12, 2005
another great brew from alesmith, a strong rendition of american barley wine. very hoppy aroma and flavor. classic stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - OCT 9, 2005
2000 vintage. Thanks to Walt for this one. Pours hazy and blush with a creamy head. Super caramel aroma with some floral hops, cotton candy, alcohol and some woodiness. Very smooth. Some vitamin C flavor mingled with caramel, wood and hard candy flavors. Alcohol is only noticable in some lingering burn on the palate. Aged pretty well. I wonder if the later vintages are better because this ainít over 4 in my book.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - OCT 8, 2005
Bomber from axilla. Pours a cloudy orangish/pink color with a foamy white head. Nose is nicely hoppy, doughy, and yeasty. SOme grapefruit notes and citrus also present. Taste is hopps up front, malt in the back. Tastes of caramel and citrus grapefruit notes sway back and forth. finishes with a nice bitterness and a bit of warming

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
blankboy (6444) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 7, 2005
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow & tupalev -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Pours a cloudy reddish-brown with a small off-white head. The aroma: WOW! Aroma of fresh hops, citrus, caramel and roasted malt all combined in a great way. The flavour: Ka-Pow!! Starts off with a delicious citrusy hops bitterness and followed by a tasty malt sweetness. The 10% alcohol is barely noticeable. This a fantastic beer and one of the best Barley Wines Iíve ever had. AleSmith, can you do no wrong?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 6, 2005
Bottle courtesy of HogTownHarry - shared with blankboy, HogTownHarry and GregClow. Dark orange, big tan head. Strong alcohol and hops aroma. Wonderful strong alcohol and bitter taste. Rather sweet. Formidable. Medium to thick mouthfeel. Not overly complex, and this was near the end of a long tasting session, but this is a wonderful barleywine I would love o have again. Thanks Harry, a real treat

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
noelcb (271) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - OCT 4, 2005
Wonderful chestnut color with a fair beige head that fades quick with a little lace. Aroma is complex, with bready yeast, dark fruit, citrus, stones, peat, earth, malt, alcohol and floral/herby hops. Taste is at first sweet caramelly, smoky sweet malt, chocolate, coffee, dark fruit and port, then the grapefruity hops come on strong, followed by an intense bitterness. This is barley wine with a kick. Finish is dry and even, leaving an intense aftertaste to savor. Mouthfeel is slightly thin, but only as it relates to other barley wines. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fly (1427) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - OCT 3, 2005
Chewy chewy cocoa bop. Me like*uh rebop. Sweetnuff and slurpsome. GABFíed up. Stands out over others once getting sample after sample after sample after - oh you get it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GregClow (2958) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 1, 2005
Bottle courtesy of HogTownHarry - shared with blankboy, HogTownHarry and tupalev. Hazy copper color with a small tan head. Aroma - hops, hops and hops, with some caramel and roastiness peeking through from the background. The flavour holds more sweetness than the aroma suggests, but includes a healthy dose of hops as well. The flavours are big and robust and complex, but not overpowering. Iíll need to get my hands on a bottle to sip and savour sometime, as I donít think a long tasting session is the best environment for enjoying this one. Still, it was a nice way to close the rating portion of the evening, and a good way to hit the half-milestone of #950.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 30, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2005 Dark brown finish with a low head. Malty roast sweet taste that balance with a bitter alcohol component. Not as well mixed as other Scotch ales. There is some separation that could be worked on and made smoother while retaining the strength of the beer. This one also is a sipper not a drinking beer.

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