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RATINGS: 1464   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03/5   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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
adster (666) - HUNGARY - JAN 15, 2016
A barley wine, mint olyan, ha jól van elkészítve, mondhatjuk, már eleve súlyos egy kategória… Amit azonban az Alesmith hozott elő a stílusból, az valóban nem ismer könyörületet, mintha a szakkönyvek által meghatározott tipológiabeli sajátosságok egyszerre jelennének meg elemi erővel, ebben a sörben aztán minden benne van, amit az ember egy árpabortól elvár. Mély beütésű réz színe már önmagában masszivitást üvölt a levegőbe, miután pedig a kupak is lekerül az üvegről, egyszer csak elszabadul a pokol... Lehengerlő súlyú aromafergeteg tör elő, magán hordozva természetesen mindent, ami komlóhoz köthető, az angolszász vonalak szinte kidagadnak, amint a fűszeres, vadvirágos, aszalt zöldséges illatjegyek lüktetni kezdenek bennük. Az intenzív ízek netovábbja elevenedik meg aztán, kikezdhetetlen formátumú, utánozhatatlanul tartalmas kekszes malátafolyam, melynek minden cseppje mondanivalóval telt, élettel teli és vibráló, a vaskos vonalakkal meghúzott kép kontúrjait pedig tovább erősíti a komló erőtől duzzadó karaktere, tartalmas, kiegyensúlyozottan intenzív kesernyéje, mely által a szerkezet e két tengely mentén egyensúlyozva hirdeti magán a komló-és malátaközpontú műfajok minden erényét. Kifogástalan barley wine.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
murran (545) - - JAN 15, 2016
Pours a brown body with a thick beige head. Rich creamy aroma. Taste with malt, sugary esters and some bread. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wrlangin (138) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 12, 2016
750 ml bottle bought in Seattle, taken in Alaskan cruise. Dark amber in color. Good carbonation for barrel-aged ale. Aroma of whiskey from barrel aging over a good quality ale. Very enjoyable. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
monkeychugg55 (1024) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - JAN 11, 2016
3 yr old bottle. Dark amber with a small beige head that leaves a ton of lacing. The aroma is a nice mix of caramel and toast, a bit of dark fruit notes, with a hint of sherry from oxidation. The flavor is even better, with a nice smooth mouthfeel. Seems like the aging has obviously removed the hops, but really mellowed the alcohol judging from other ratings, as it is very subtle. Really great barleywine. Will have to try fresh.

3.7
   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.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bulldogops (2040) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 2, 2016
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2016 Had 2012 - #CraftTakesSeattle Day 2, Beer 32 - Draught at Brouwers Cafe. Aged beautifully, lots of floral aromatics and soft, dark fruit notes. Rating #1544 - 20.03.2015 - Birthday Brewery tour. 2014 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. 9-4-9-5-18

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bulk_Carrier (3637) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
kajser27 (1281) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
skmikeg (1719) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
VT (2527) - 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.


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