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RATINGS: 1366   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 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 (1240) - 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 (719) - 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 (381) - 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 (577) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ajnepple (3064) - Conifer, Colorado, USA - JAN 1, 2015
On tap at Hops & Pie. Deep orange to red appearance with a white head. Aroma and flavor has malty notes of caramel and toffee nicely balanced by hoppy notes of pine, earth and fruity esters. Medium to full body. Nicely done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
PriorL (2488) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 31, 2014
Sample at semi-S&G tasting (since the music was shut down halfway through). APPEARANCE: clear dark blond beer, no head. NOSE: hoppy, fruity, alcohol. TASTE: hoppy, fruity, alcohol, dry, bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GarageBrewer80 (143) - SWEDEN - DEC 27, 2014
Flaska från Ale- house Riga. Smutsigt gyllene gult skum. Frisk mun känsla. Lite skönt spritig. Smak av portvin, smörkola och träfat. Bra balans i sötma. Lite torr efterbeska.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
FunkyF (306) - Örebro, SWEDEN - DEC 27, 2014
Flaska från Riga. Kopparfärgad med tjockt vitt skum. Tung doft av kola och bränt socker. Spritig smak med kola.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TychoJames (412) - Örebro, SWEDEN - DEC 27, 2014
Flaska från ale house riga. Guldbrun färg med stirt gulvitt skum. Knäckig doft med barr och citrus. Kraftfull smak av malt, russin och knäck. Rejäl beska med värmande alkohol

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