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RATINGS: 1462   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.

superspak's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
superspak (4566) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
sjohnny (493) - - AUG 20, 2016
Esters. Dates. Plums. Toffee. Pours a muddy murky dark tan with sediment floating in it and a light tan thin quickly fading head. Thick mouthfeel. Hard candy. Toffee. Fruit. Raisins. Dates. Very sweet with just a bit of bitterness on the finish. A little spice. A little booze.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dahlstrom (262) - Nygatan 29, SWEDEN - AUG 14, 2016
750 ml bottle from Systembolaget. Hazy amber with a medium white head. Strong malty aroma of caramel, resin, bread, rasins, milk chocolate; moderate hoppy with notes of grass and pine. Taste reflects the aroma. Medium body, with a creamy texture. Low carbonation. Medium bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
smroush (205) - Michigan, USA - AUG 7, 2016
Aromas are heavily malt dominated - caramel and to feeling. Color is a dark copper with a small off-white head. Taste us quite sweet with a fairly pronounced but generalized bitterness. Alcohol is pronounced; carbonation is a bit lively; finish is long, with lots of malt. Overall a good solid barleywine.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
emartell (343) - Zapopan, Jalisco, MEXICO - AUG 6, 2016
Una exquisita cerveza. Compleja tanto en sabor como en aroma. Destacan las notas a frutos secos. Higo y pasas principalmente. Las notas a grano están muy presentes. De color cobrizo, carbonatacion baja, corona de espuma ligera. Un sabor complejo y bien integrado.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mark_Eck (1903) - - AUG 1, 2016
Bottle. Pours a reddish copper color. Aroma and taste are caramel, toffee, and lots go hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wombat23 (607) - Texas, USA - JUL 24, 2016
Draft at the source on 6/30/2016. Clear amber with a beige head. Aroma of malt, caramel, and booze with faint notes of citrus and pine. Taste is malt, caramel, alcohol, toffee, dark fruits, bread, and hints of citrus/pine from the hops. Quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mice (781) - FINLAND - JUL 21, 2016
Kirkas punertavankuparinen olut melko runsaalla ja kestävällä vaaleanbeigellä vaahdolla. Tuoksu sitruksinen ja havuinen, jopa hieman savuinen, makean maltainen ja karamellinen. Maku havuinen, maltainen, hieman karamellinen. Lievää sitruksista hedelmäisyyttä löytyy myös. Keskitäyteläistä hieman täyteläisempi suutuntuma, hiilihappoja hyvin vähänlaisesti. Pehmeä ja monimuotoinen, oikein nautittava Barley Wine.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
ryanscourt (1360) - Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2016
Very sweet almost syrupy in texture. Maybe more of an English style barley wine. Enjoyed At the brewery

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
bth122 (1482) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 3, 2016
Torpedo bottle. Amber color with a generous head. Aroma is caramel, toffee, and slight dark fruits. Medium Heavy body. Creamy texture. Warming alcohol. Nice mouthfeel. This a BIG BEER. A big malt bomb with some hops in the background to ease it out. Pretty good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thomat (3298) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 30, 2016
Bottle. Reddish amber with a tiny off white head. Malty and fruity tones. Malt, caramel, fruit and hops. Full body with a long bitter/ fruity finish.

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