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RATINGS: 1471   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hammy78 (961) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 26, 2016
Bottle. Pours a perfect copper, small carbonation, creamy head, loads of lacing being left behind. Nose is pure caramel and toffee. Tastes sweet, almost reminiscent, bitter, but it doesn’t last long. Good ABV bite. This is gold.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CanIHave4Beers (4020) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - MAR 25, 2016
Bottle, shared by me... in the library... just now.
Pours a deep red almost crimson color with a reasonable sized head and some touches of lacing on the glass.

The aroma is pleasantly sweet and has lovely red apple and toffee notes as well as some light piney hop character, as it warms the bouquet opens up with chocolate, some light nuttiness, and a bit of orange peel.

The flavor has a medium level of bitterness and is pretty sweet, not cloying, but certainly sweet. It’s got flavors of chocolate, caramel, rich toasted malt, nuttiness, and a bit of citrus and earthy hop zing. It’s really impossibly rich malt wise, but somehow all balanced out to being enormously pleasant.

I’ve grown so skeptical of American Style Barleywine, but this is just wonderful, an absolute benchmark for the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
commonmac (1045) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 24, 2016
Big bottle purchased at Surdy’s a few months back. Saved for March Madness consumption which is successfully being achieved today on the opening night of the Sweet Sixteen. Shared with commonshawn. Kind of a murky, coppery color with a half finger off white head. Aroma features burnt caramel and toffee and hints at the booziness of the beer you are about to consume. Taste has a nice toasted/burnt sugar quality to it with nearly a bourbon characteristic. Alcohol is definitely present and it comes through more and more with each sip. Warming mouthfeel with a finish of raisins and bitterness reminding me ever so slightly of a Belgian dubbel. Overall, it’s very tasty but almost a little too booze-heavy for me. Other barleywines seem to be a little bit better balance. Still significantly above average.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (18527) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2016
Bottle shared at the 2015 edition of the chriso Pre-GBBF tasting - London. Cheers! Pours clear, reddish gold with a creamy, khaki head. The nose holds old pine, toasted grains, crackers, dried out caramel. Medium sweet flavour with lots of graham cracker, dried fruits, alcohol, bread. Medium to full bodied with average carbonation. Warming finish with more graham crackers, pine and dried fruits. Very tasty overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
linusb (848) - SWEDEN - MAR 16, 2016
Backlog 2015-06-05 Lots of dried fruits and sweetness to it. Probably a great barley wine, but I prefer the BA versions... A bit overwhelming and boozy for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BucannonXC5 (1426) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 14, 2016
Type: 8-oz. draft Glass: Clear snifter glass From: AleSmith Tasting Room in San Diego, Calif. Price: $4.25 Purchased: March 7, 2016 Consumed: March 7, 2016 Misc.: Reviewed after picking up Port Wine Barrel Wee Heavy I had this a few times on tap (tasters) at AleSmith, but this would be my first time reviewing it. Wanted to have this so that I could eventually have Reforged, a blend of this, Wee Heavy and Speedway Stout. Poured an auburn, amber murky color with 2-to-3 fingers of khaki tan, rocky head when I got it. Good amount of spotty, foamy lacing on the sides of the glass. Excellent retention. (Sight - 4.00) Smelled sugary caramel, toffee, Citra, orange creamscicle, brown sugar, hints of butterscotch, dark fruits and peppery spices. Smooth for an American Barleywine and not too hoppy. (Smell - 4.00) Taste follows the nose, but probably served a tad too cold. Toffee, caramel, light butterscotch, boozy hoppiness, honey, orange zest, Citra hops, oakiness, some spicy pepper, hints of dark fruits and some dry leather. (Taste - 3.75) Medium body. Sticky texture. Average carbonation. Long, boozy finish. (Feel - 3.50) This was pretty good for an American Barleywine. I’d have it again. (Overall - 3.75) 3.80 86 B+

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Slubgob (306) - West Hartford, USA - MAR 13, 2016
750no wine bottle into wine glass. Red copper color, nice cream head that retains. Slightly spicy nose, if blind tasting I’ve Sid IPA. Light fruit as week, maybe peach? In the mouth, surprisingly light for the style and alcohol. More cinnamon/ginger sense, and the typical slightly copying malty finish. I don’t usually much like bsrleywines but I kind of like this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Slautar (507) - Gdañsk, POLAND - MAR 4, 2016
Degustowane w większym gronie więc opis wrażeń raczej bardziej ogólny. Aromat bardzo przyjemny lecz trudny do zdefiniowania w warunkach tamtej degustacji. W smaku ciemne owoce (śliwka, rodzynki) i dużo, dużo toffi. Ciałko idealne chociaż trudno powiedzieć o tym piwie, że jest gęste. Bardzo, bardzo pijalne. Świetne piwo.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
flatearthman (30) - Woodbury, Minnesota, USA - FEB 12, 2016
Opened this baby up after 14 months of aging. Some sediment in bottom of bottle. Poured with a light tan head that turns lacey on edge soon. Nose is a subtle sweet grass. Initial mouth feel a bit sharp but still smooth for the ALC %. Sweet front pallet with some fig taste and a subtle finish of malt with a bit of bitterness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
petewhitley (519) - Nagoya, JAPAN - FEB 7, 2016
Raisins, peaches, caramel, brown, white head, frothy head, medium sweetness, lightly bitter. Beautifully balanced aroma; fruity and malty. Attractive head. Maltiness more pronounced on the tongue, thankfully, as it balances the sweetness. Medium bodied, pairing well with a variety of foods. Full aftertaste, yet disappears appropriately. Very, very well done. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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