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RATINGS: 1447   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.


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4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
superspak (4221) - Michigan, USA - JUN 8, 2013
750 ml bottle into snifter; no bottle dating, but was purchased in late 2011. Pours hazy deep ruby red color with a small dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lasts. Light soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big caramel, raisin, apple, orange zest, floral, brown sugar, pine, molasses, toast, orange rind, brown bread, and floral earthiness. Damn nice aromas good balance and complexity of dark malt and fruity/earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big caramel, toffee, orange zest, apple, toast, floral, pine, orange rind, brown sugar, brown bread, chocolate, light roast, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, orange zest, orange rind, light fruits, toast, light chocolate, brown bread, brown sugar, floral, pine, light roast, and floral earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic balance and complexity of deep malt and hop flavors; with a nice bitterness/sweetness balance, and hardly any cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and very full bodied with a creamy, slick, and fairly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic well aged barleywine. Fantastic complexity and balance of deep malt and hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
rami_pl (1356) - Warszawa, POLAND - APR 24, 2016
Rami Rami is drinking an Old Numbskull by AleSmith Brewing Company at Powiśle Intensywne, geste, lepkie, zywiczne, przejrzale owoce tropikalne, trawiaste, ciut miodowe, ciut karmelowe, ciut alkoholu, slodkie... Klasa!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Batavi (305) - Waalwijk, NETHERLANDS - APR 12, 2016
Fles gekocht bij firmabier.nl, gedeeld en uitgeschonken in 33 cl. Struise glazen. Donker amberkleurig troebel bier, met een roodachtige gloed en een volle beige schuimkraag. De aroma’s zijn eerst heel hoppig, en fruitig met tonen van grapefruit, met als basis vooral de karamel en toffee, gedroogde perziken, verder donker fruit, als rozijnen en gedroogde pruimen en aardachtige tonen, van vochtig hout en paddestoelen. Het smaakpallet is een voortzetting van de aroma's, typische Amerikaanse hoppige Barley Wine, met complexe tonen. Bitterzoete tonen van grapefruit, uitstekend gebalanceerd door meer moutige karamel en toffee tonen, aardse kruidige notities en donker fruit. Milde carbonatie en lange peperige afdronk met een verwarmende finish. Dit was het eerste bier van Ale Smith wat ik proef, deze Old Numbskull, een zeer smakelijke en complexe Barley Wine. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
Alengrin (4065) - BELGIUM - APR 8, 2016
UPDATED: APR 9, 2016 Bottle of one and a half year old. American style barley wine with thick, moussy, quite stable, yellowish beige head and ’equally’ misty, deep amberish copper robe. Complex aroma of American cookies, biscuit, gingerbread, Cointreau, brown rhum, candied orange, mouldy grapefruit, lychee, caramel, chestnut, wet leather, pepper, hay, peach, strawberry, old cocoa powder and a bit of damp cellar in the end. Soft, sweetish fruity onset with estery hints of Cantaloupe, strawberry, passion fruit and lychee surrounded by a certain mushroom-like ’umaminess’, soft carbo, vinous and ’fluffy’, almost quad-like mouthfeel, bit powdery, built on a thick layer of caramelly and bready malt sweetness with softly bittering toasted edges, while the finish adds earthy, peppery, leafy hops with retronasal dried grapefruit peel fragrance but mildly so, as well as quite a lot of peppery, brandy-like alcohol, becoming a bit tiring and even slightly astringent on the tongue in the end, but providing a great deal of ’afterwarmth’. Nice and complex, interesting, but somehow it lacks the dignity of the best barley wines of this world (think Sucaba and the like); still, I think with some years of cellaring, this has great flavor potential. In terms of style, I think this is closer to English barley wine than to ’true’ American barley wine, if such a thing is to be recognized in the first place...

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GriffDaddy (109) - - APR 2, 2016
Oh my. This is what a barleywine should be, every single time. Pours a lighter copper than the taste that follows. Rich, dark, intensely concentrated plummy fruits, beautifully balanced by an aggressive but pleasing bitterness. Lots of spicy notes along with toasted malt, caramel, lots going on. Boozy, bold, rich. One of my favorites.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
antykowalsky (91) - Boleslawiec, POLAND - MAR 29, 2016
Deep red color, big light orange head. Beautiful, intense sweet aroma: raisins, pine, caramel, toffee. Sweet with medium bitter. Very well hidden alcohol. Light carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel. Extremely enjoyable beer, worth of its price.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hammy78 (942) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CanIHave4Beers (3873) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
commonmac (896) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (17195) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
linusb (544) - 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.


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