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RATINGS: 1451   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 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chupachups01 (38) - Seoul, SOUTH KOREA - JAN 3, 2016
Bottle shared at Beer for Geeks Tasting Room. Slightly hoppy aroma. Sweet. Nice but not lasting.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bulldogops (1681) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 2, 2016
Rating #1544 - 20.03.2015 - Birthday Brewery tour.On tap @Alesmith. Hazy orange-brown pour, bubbly head, not much lacing. Aroma is sweet sweet citrus and honey - mango, peach, vanilla. Taste is an alcoholic hoppy punch, lots of IBUs tempered with sweetness, and a ton of alcohol on the palate, but not thoroughly undisguised. Just a big bold beer for flavour-lovers. Awesome.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bulk_Carrier (3419) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - JAN 1, 2016
Bottled on 05/11/15. This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a semi-hazy burnt amber color with a thin white slim little head. Lacing was filmy and glossy along the glass. The smell started off with leafy tobacco aroma up front. Subtle citrus hops invade light toffee and caramel malts. Crisp yet sweet and dry fruity esters slyly move in. The taste was moderately dry with a subtle sweet dry caramel to toffee. Subtle dried fruit rides underneath. Dry semi-sweet caramel to fruity to toffee aftertaste subtly moving into the finish. On the palate, this one sat about about a medium on the body with a good sipping quality about it. Carbonation rides in subtly and nicely, allows a super big stickiness, almost cloying, but not. Overall, as an American Barleywine it works, there’s some hops in the aroma that seem a bit further back but due to the age on the beer, I’m not worried and didn’t cut back. It’s good for what it is and I’d have again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
kajser27 (1124) - Zagreb, CROATIA - DEC 30, 2015
Coppery red colored, clear, small off white to beige frothy head. Aroma is of sweet caramel, toffee, dried fruits, bit spice, herbal and pine hops. Taste is very sweet and malty, quite caramelish and toffee, very dried fruity, moderate floral and pine hops, medium- bitterness, some spices, quite boozy with alcohol warmth finishing up. Full bodied, soft carbonation, thick and syrupy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
skmikeg (1648) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2015
Pours reddish copper with a one finger off white head with good lacing. Aroma is dark fruits, caramel, sweet malts, pine, herbal notes, butterscotch, and some light booze. Taste is similar to the aroma. Has a medium-full body with a creamy, sticky mouthfeel and a semi bitter, semi warming, long, lingering finish. Overall, s tasty, complex barley wine that hides its high abv very well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
VT (2233) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 19, 2015
750 ml bottle. Pours a clear orange amber with a nice white head. Aroma is roast, caramel, tobacco. Flavor is tobacco, roasted caramel, brown sugar. Finish is herbal, tobacco, grapefruit and lemon notes. Full body, soft mouthfeel and average carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sledutah (6753) - Utah, USA - DEC 15, 2015
Bottle from Texas Liquors, shared at the holiday party
Clear golden with a medium sized beige head, some lacing. Aroma is caramel and nutty. Taste of caramel, malty and hot alcohols
Good. I’ve had this for a few years, it could have used a few more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
czar (7040) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 13, 2015
pours unclear medium dark copper, orange-red tint, with a light beige cap, reviving and leaving nice lacing. sweetish toasted fruitiness, tasty red maltiness, chocolate hint, stone fruits, floral resin, warming booze, umami - salty beef stock, hint of smoke. moderately low carbonation, medium body - oily; semi-sweet woodsy-chocolate-resinous finish. opulent maltiness - american hopped and lightly smoked chocolate barley wine. very nice stuff!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hawanna (3004) - Freising, GERMANY - DEC 9, 2015
caramel, alcohol, floral, toast, dried fruits, amber, hazy, frothy, tan foam, heavy cloying sweetness, lightly bitter, full body, oily feel, slick feel, soft carbonation, long finish,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrewBrain (135) - Florida, USA - DEC 4, 2015
Large Bottle to glass. Warm brown clear appearance. Moderate head. Aroma of caramel, toast, Heath bar, dark cherry. Really nice balance of sweet intense malts and a solid hop bitterness. Warming alcohol. Nicely carbonated.

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