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RATINGS: 1371   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mR_fr0g (5233) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2015
Keg at Brewdog Shep’s 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 (1085) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
evergreen0199 (2331) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 13, 2015
Keg at Brewdog, Shepherd’s Bush, London. A mahogany/amber coloured pour with a medium off white head on top. Rich, sweet, hoppy, caramel aroma. Tastes rich, slightly sweet, caramel, malty, dark fruit. An excellent barley wine from Alesmith Brewing Company.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
morri (245) - NORWAY - JAN 10, 2015
750 ml bottle from Vinmonopolet Vika. Tiny tan head. Muddy reddish light brown body. Aroma is toffee, booze, dark fruits and liquorice. Hoppy on the tongue at first, then sweet. Warming and soothing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcogrind (82) - Milano, ITALY - JAN 9, 2015
Very nice copper red barleywine, complex from the nose to the taste, with caramel, dried and dark fruits, hops, dark malts. Ending burnt and bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
monk191 (1270) - California, USA - JAN 4, 2015
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2015 A nice barleywine overall. Pours a mostly clear orange with a white head. Smells slightly of cherry and floral notes. Taste starts off a bit hoppy, but then becomes sweeter with some caramel and vanilla notes. A bit of bitterness in the aftertaste. Had on tap at Mikkeller Bar. In bottle, the beer has more Apple and wine notes, with some barley in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bookman10 (724) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - JAN 4, 2015
Bottle was a gusher on first opening--lost a good third to my kitchen counter. What was left poured a dark, reddish-brown, with big, thick, dirty white head. Aroma of licorice, booze, dark fruit. Flavor had the licorice/anise from the aroma, along with: booze, raisin, bread, malt, some hops, and more booze. This is a pretty good example of a barley wine, which isn’t one of my favorite styles (but checking off the Ale Smith offerings).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zekada (425) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - JAN 4, 2015
Tap at BrewDog, Liverpool. Aroma has some barley and wheat. Pours brown / amber with a small white head. Taste is strong and complex with nuts, grapes and bread. Palate is thin and drinkable. Overall a good beer, one of the better Barley Wines I’ve had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Klimaet (620) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - JAN 3, 2015
Bottle @ Fermentoren, had a glass thanks to some guy in the bar, haha. Pours very cloudy muddy dark brown with a thick offwhite head. Aromas of caramel, dates, barley, some hops, slight licorice. Taste is pretty roasty and caramel malty up front, some hops and slight licorice, vanilla, dates, coffee, subtle orange peel.

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