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RATINGS: 1433   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.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SDalkoholic (2298) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JUL 19, 2005
An amber orange hue with a cloudy appearance of dust seen through out the glass. Small layer of sand colored head but it breaks up pretty quick leaving the beer naked. I could smell the aroma from a good distance away as soon as i opened it. It has that strong floral hop and grapefruit essence to it, which i love . Flavor is a bit enticing and carries a sweet malt tone added with the same hop profile I detected in the aroma. I’m not exactly sure what year this is from 2003 or mid 2004? though, I feel a fresh bottle of this from the current year would blow me away with flavor, and thats exactly how i prefer my barleywines. I admit age does beers like this justice but then again it alters other benefits in exchange. I didn’t notice as much characterisitcs as i had expected such as a sticky palate texture or extreme bitterness. It’s just not the same as what i could imagine it tasting new from a fresh batch. All in all, this is a damn good beer and must be experienced by anyone who loves good beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
petewhitley (460) - Nagoya, JAPAN - FEB 7, 2016
Raisins, peaches, caramel, brown, white head, frothy head, medium sweetness, lightly bitter. Beautifully balanced aroma; fruity and malty. Attractive head. Maltiness more pronounced on the tongue, thankfully, as it balances the sweetness. Medium bodied, pairing well with a variety of foods. Full aftertaste, yet disappears appropriately. Very, very well done. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ARH (1045) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 1, 2016
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2016 750mL bottle, poured into a Teku glass. The aroma is toffee, grape juice, and honey that turns to caramel and floral pine by mid bottle, and finally turns towards toast and honey. It pours a brilliant, clear, deep rich copper color with an oil-like quality. It?s topped by a mild, khaki soap head that has a filmy surface with overall good retention and lace. The taste is highly sweet and bitter, more sweet of balanced upfront with a bitter leaning towards the end. The texture is thick, smooth syrup with a soft foam carbonation and full malty body. The flavor profile is malty caramel, floral resin, and dark fruit with a smooth finish characterized by clean floral and a pine resin flourish with mellow burnt sugar chalky and a slight leather mouthfeel. The aftertaste is clean and woody with rye whiskey, caramel, rye bread, and light pine.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Inbreak (3562) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - JAN 30, 2016
Old rating rerated 30.01.2016, 0,75l bottle shared with friends:
Nice creamy mediumlasting head. Aroma is slightly dry mineraly, burnt sugar, bark, alcohol, grass, hops, old leafs, weeds, minerals, hints of thinner. Taste is sweet grassy, leafs, sugar, grass, weeds, bark, alcohol, hops, citrus peel, dried fruits, minerals. Medium to longlasting bitterness, sweet and harsh grassy mouthfeel. Fair enough.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
koleminer20 (1493) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JAN 24, 2016
750 mL bottle shared by ebone1988 for his 750th rating. What a nice break from the dumpsters. The pour is a nice light ruby colored red with a light khaki colored head that falls down to a bubbly head, leaving some pretty good lace. The aroma is pretty hoppy. There is a nice maltiness that's present, but I am a little surprised it's more bitter than sweet, especially after having had a couple of the barreled versions. The flavor is much more bitter than I want it to be. There is a lot of bitter hops and it's really lacking a sweet caramel malt. The mouth feel is excellent. There is a great viscosity and a creamy soft carbonation. The aftertaste is lingeringly bitter with a decent malt profile trying to poke through, but it's not working. A decent barleywine for sure, but it's too different than the BA ones for me. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ebone1988 (774) - Taylor, Michigan, USA - JAN 24, 2016
#750. Bottle shared with koleminer20. Aroma is caramel, toffee, dark fruit, malt, hops, very nice. Appearance is reddish brown, light tan head, real nice. Taste is very balanced, a bit of toffee and caramel, a lot of malt and hop bitterness, layered with nothing really standing out. Mouthfeel is heavy with a soft carbonation, the flavor that lingers is not bitter but quite malty. Overall, I expected it to be better but I’m not real disappointed either.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
edwardbass (723) - Illinois, USA - JAN 22, 2016
I don’t have barleywines too often,so take my opinions with a grain of salt. Lots of caramel, toffee, sweetness that’s not cloying, minor bitterness. Quite easy drinking for a barleywine. As per usual for this style, the ABV is quite obvious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
seehaferb23 (137) - - JAN 20, 2016
Cannery Row enjoys Barleywine beers tonight. This is a nice but seems to be a young beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Echon (194) - Ĺrhus, DENMARK - JAN 16, 2016
Red body with a creamy head.
Sweet, vinous aroma and flavour, with a full caramel malt and hops character. Rich and complex taste, with warming alcohol. Heavy sweetness and bitterness. Long, bittersweet finish.
Full body with a silky mouthfeel and soft carbonation.

Well balanced and incredibly delicious barley wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
adster (603) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
murran (475) - - 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

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