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RATINGS: 1358   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
connor0415 (47) - - FEB 24, 2015
bottled 5-27-14 drank 2-24-15 APPEARANCE- redish amber color, vigorously poured into a snifter yeilds 1 in of thick khaki head. good lacing stays as head dissipates SMELL- balance of malty sweetness and bitter earthy hops. toffee scent dominates TASTE- at first sip the hops have a bit more sway, but as the beer warms to proper temperature the sweetness prevails. as it hits the tongue you get a lot of toffee like sweetness and a bit of breadiness, when swollowing the hops hit slightly. ABV is masked well MOUTHFEEL- thick and slightly oily, a tad bit more carbonation than expected still very slight OVERALL- great american style barleywine, being that its a west coast beer you expect a good bit of hoppy bitterness but the malt flavor is great. Ive got one cellaring and cant wait to see how it tastes with a little bit of age

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
RickReallyBrew (55) - Franktown, Colorado, USA - FEB 22, 2015
Why am I not surprised that this amazing Barleywine is from the West Coast? So many of the beers Iíve loved lately are from CA or OR. This is a delicious after dinner brew, but would go nicely after work, before dinner or after lunch. If enjoyed while shoveling snow, there is no telling how much work could be done. This high Gravity, brew goes good in my tummy and I needed a boost to get through a late Feb CO Rockies snowstorm! Life is good. Proof that God Loves Us. Apologies to Ben Franklin.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sir__v (903) - Lille, FRANCE - FEB 14, 2015
UPDATED: APR 28, 2015 On tap @ Fat Angel, San Francisco - CA. Color: dark brown beer with small carbonation and small white foam. Smell: caramel, malt, toffee. Extreme sweet flavour of caramel. Taste: oily sensation on mouth. Nice caramel and good strong vanilla aroma. Taste of alcohol. Aftertaste: nice caramel and alcohol taste.
Bottle from Saveur-Biere.com - Color: dark brown beer with small carbonation and small white foam. Smell: sweet biscuit nose. Caramel and hoppy. Very amazing balance on nose. Taste: sweet caramel and malt. Good balance of hops. Really amazing. Small vanilla finish. Aftertaste: caramel finish and wet bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alobar (2999) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 8, 2015
Pours a hazy ruby copper color with thin soapy off-white head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, and toasted malt, with hint of pine. Toffee and caramel sweetness with toasted malt and a quick noticeable hop bite at the end. Very nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tcon25 (179) - Duvall, Washington, USA - FEB 6, 2015
Draft pour at brewery, another one iv wanted to try form them and it didnít disappoint, dark amber pour, taste of spice and herbs,great flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
flip_soeperman (700) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 31, 2015
One year old bottle. Really nice malty sweet viscous beer, with some bitterness as contrast. Some hop aroma, but mostly plum honey ready aromas. Really good beer Barley Wine. I am curious when it is younger, with a more pronounced hop aroma, I can imagine that being a fantastic American Barley Wine.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IvoR (82) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 21, 2015
Bottle. Pours mahogany color with a white head. Aroma and flavor of surprisingly hoppy. Has a nice and balanced taste of caramel, sweetness and hoppiness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mR_fr0g (4810) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2015
Keg at Brewdog Shepís Bush. Aroma is rounded sweet toffee, light berry, strawberry, caramel. Clear bright Reddy brown coloured pour with a steadfast creamy thin head. Flavour is composed of of sweet caramel and toffee, Berry, light brown sugars. Palate is sweet, velvety, moderate smooth carbonation. Really tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Steasy66 (1038) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 16, 2015
2000 bottle. Pretty much gone at this point. Cardboardy. Will review fresher bottle. 2011 bottle. Pretty tasty barleywine. Some toffee, a lot of hops. Nice beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thegreek314 (8) - - JAN 16, 2015 does not count
The appearance is this beautiful oak red. The aroma is bourbon/cherry. The taste right off the back is bourbon & vanilla with a pleasant bitter finish. It is a little boozy but is pleasant. Overall very good.

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