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RATINGS: 1451   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 (2318) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Cristobal37 (662) - Budapest, HUNGARY - MAY 24, 2016
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2016 On tap at Alesmith brewpub. Dark bronze. Light malty aroma. Huge booze bomb in your face. Fuck balance this guy screws your Mom and then puts alcohol in your iv. Really strong. Like sipping hard liquor. Wayy too hard. Not my thing. Could be I tasted too many leading up to this, but I like barleywines and this one is not the best example of the style. Otherwise this brewery is solid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cagou007 (869) - FRANCE - MAY 13, 2016
Pours clear deep copper with medium beige head. Nose is honey and Aromas are toasted malts, honey, ripe fruits, spices, leather and alcoholic notes. Average carbonation, medium body. Long spicy and alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
GregNC (37) - - MAY 13, 2016
Bottled 75 cl. Color : very nice red copper ale with thick white head. Nose : honey, toffee and raisins. Aromas : honey, alcohol and raisins. Low bitterness, sweety texture.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
AdolfoCC (112) - Veracruz, Veracruz, MEXICO - MAY 9, 2016
Vintage 2015. APARIENCIA: de color marrón cobrizo, con destellos rojizos a contraluz, se observa muy ligeramente turbia y moderada a baja actividad de carbonatación; corona de espuma color beige de buena retención, de burbujas compactas y algunas abiertas. AROMA: se aprecian notas a coco, vainilla, chocolate, frutos oscuros como dátiles e higos, caramelo, ligeramente se aprecian los lúpulos con notas cítricas y herbales. SABOR: de entrada un amargor medio ligero, seguido de frutos oscuros que predominan con notas a higos y dátiles, seguido de notas a vainilla, coco, ligeramente chocolate dulce, nueces, los lúpulos de carácter cítrico con notas a cáscara de toronja, naranja el cual me llega a recordar al licor Cointreau o Grand Marnier, y notas herbales, que conforme toma temperatura ambiente va siendo más notorio, también el caramelo y toffee están presentes; el retrogusto queda un amargor medio ligero, seco y sensación cálida en garganta al correr el líquido. SENSACIÓN: cuerpo medio ligero, ligeramente oleoso/untuoso, carbonatación media. RESUMEN: buen y bastante complejo barleywine.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
rami_pl (1460) - 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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Batavi (317) - 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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
Alengrin (4148) - 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...

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
antykowalsky (102) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hammy78 (949) - 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.

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