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RATINGS: 1409   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03/5   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 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
EdKing (2232) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 19, 2015
Bottle shared at Chriso’s pre-GBBF 2015 Shindig, bought at Brewdog’s online shop. 2 or 3 years old. Colour is rusty red orange, white head. Nose is musty grain, sweet and sugary, barley sugar sweets, marmalade, orange peel, little spice, leather. Taste is marmlade, musty grain, orange peel, caramel, bitter citrous peel. It’s not too raw, but is soft and mellow. I’m getting a nice fug of warmth up the back of my head as I drink this. Rich soft, fruity and sweet, but not cloying at all. Very good barley wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gEUS (1583) - Linden, BELGIUM - AUG 16, 2015
750 ml bottle at home - latest vintage. Pours dark copper amber with a stable off-white head. Rich nutty and raisin aroma, hops are coming through very well; verydense exotic. Full rich sweet and bitter body, flirting with the IIPA limit. A tad alcoholic, aggressive towards the end. Taste is tangerine peel, nuts, brown Sugar, alcohol.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Prolitariat777 (102) - St george, Utah, USA - AUG 5, 2015
Dark copper color white off white head clear, some what earthy hoppy aroma along with a great light biscuit sense. Flavor big rich malty and great hop backbone.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MayumiH (498) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 29, 2015
Bottle at home. Full rich flavour with a nice hop presence. Caramel, vanilla, dark fruits, cinnamon.. sugar and spice, all things nice. Tastes more sweet than bitter. full body. Thoroughly enjoyed.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
aenima (323) - Askim, SWEDEN - JUL 26, 2015
Fantastic aroma of malt and hops. The taste is however dominated in a bad way by burnt caramel. Medium sweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (7820) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 25, 2015
Bottle at home. Pours deep amber, nose is malty toffee, little meaty, taste is dry, light smoke toffee, sweet. Was expecting a bit more tbh.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
23Skidoo (44) - SWEDEN - JUL 24, 2015
Now this is what I call a barleywine! A masterpiece.Everything it says on the label and more. Astonishingly well-balanced. Extremely well hidden alcohol. Hops are aggressive, but do not take the center stage - this is a malt-forward beer. Leather, tobacco, autumn leaves, dried fruits, burnt caramel. Viscous, oily, almost syrupy body. Strong bitter finish counterbalances malt sweetness. Note: my bottle is ~1.5 years old (bottled Feb 2014).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SinH4 (1398) - Garching, GERMANY - JUL 5, 2015
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2015 Taster at the brewery. Amber color with fine beige ring. American hops in the aroma, plus caramel and berries. Taste is malty, not too sweet, candied sugar, dried fruit, oranges, tangerines, a bit booze, but stays balanced. Smooth mouthfeel. Not what you?d expect from a Barleywine, Alesmith takes balance to a whole new level.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mjp12 (974) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 19, 2015
A supremely drinkable barley wine, with major hop influence, that cuts through the sweet malt notes. Very good .

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
angelkostvo (973) - CZECH REPUBLIC - JUN 17, 2015
Copper colour, beige head, very intense aroma of toffee, caramel and hops. Taste is medium sweet, full body, creamy texture, soft carbonation. Very intense taste.

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