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RATINGS: 1407   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Thisis12ptfont (1018) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - NOV 10, 2012
400th reviewed beer. Kanpai! (Japanese for cheers!) Big, fat hops greet the nose with a subtle caramel and oat malt behind it. Brownish tan appearance with a thick foam and beautiful lacing against the glass. Remarkably smooth texture with intensely complex flavors of oats, dough, butter, and earthy hops upfront falling into a genius melted caramel, anise, sage and massive alcohol filled finish. Overall, Old Numbskull is truly a magnificent undertaking boasting immense flavors and stupendous balance. I’d give this an A+ rating.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
corby112 (2689) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2015
2009 vintage Pours a dark chestnut brown color with mahogany edges and a two finger, yellowish-beige head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Sporadic streaks of soapy lacing left behind. Surprisingly carbonated considering the style and high alcohol content. Sweet yet earthy aroma with a nice balance of sweet and leathery malt, dark fruit and alcohol. Hints of caramel, toffee, plum, raisin, booze and subtle earthy hops. There’s plenty of boozy sweetness in the nose but it doesn’t overpower letting the toffee, dark fruit and sweeter malt notes stand out. Medium bodied with soft carbonation and a decent amount of boozy sweetness that lingers over the strong malt flavors and earthy hops into a warm finish. Dry, earthy hops up front are somewhat stale/faded but the flavor is still there, adding complexity to this intense beer. Earthy and leathery malt compliment the hops befoe being countered by toffee, fig, raisin and caramel sweetness. There’s plenty ofvalcohol sweetness and warmth in the finish but it’s not overly hot and the high ABV is relatively well masked. Well balanced and complex but definitely a sipper. I’m glad I sat on this one for a while because it’s drinking very nicely 3+ years later.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ljthiessen (901) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 1, 2015
Bottle. Amber pour with an off-white head. Iced tea notes, a bit of raisin and fruit, nice balance of sweetness and surprisingly hoppy for a barleywine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DwarfeD (1913) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - OCT 31, 2015
75cl bottle shared at home. Dark mahogany with a medium slightly off-white head. Full body with low to moderate carbonation. Quite sweet with subtle bitter tones. Malts, caramel, alcohol, herbs, oak, dark fruits and brown sugar. This brew was quite malty but still very well balanced, great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tmongoose (1867) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 28, 2015
Bomber shared and wow. Poured a clear medium Amber/orange with off white head. The aroma is amazing. Caramel, toffee, alcohol, sweet malts, dark fruits. The flavor is much more of the same and a lot more. I call it a caramel alcohol slide with droplets of dark fruits. This is so smooth I can only wonder what happens to this as it ages. A very smooth alcohol warmth from tongue to belly, the overall flavor is so good and blended so well this is one amazing barley wine.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
johnnymusky (672) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 19, 2015
Solid ass beer...more hops than i expected...different flavors with every sip...top notch brewer no doubt....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
teorn88 (4686) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 19, 2015
Backlog rating. Keg at BD Shoreditch, London. it pours a dark copper / mahogany color with medium beige head. Aroma is sweet and fruity, with caramel, dark fruits, melon, toffee. Taste has more sweet bready malts, toffee, dark fruits, dates. Medium to full bodies with good carbonation. Overall, sweet and bold, hides ABV well

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kingi (555) - - OCT 17, 2015
Clear copper colour white head. Aroma is a good mix of sweet and bitter notes. Taste is medium bitterness with slightly lower sweetness. Palate is soft carbonation, creamy, medium body, long sweet finish with balancing bitterness.hints of oak and caramel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
k0mpsa (1920) - Tuusula, FINLAND - OCT 17, 2015
Bottle. Dark reddish brown color, white head. Aroma has sweet fruits, some hops, caramel. Sweet body, great balance, suprisingly high hops at the end.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
DCLawyer (1969) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - OCT 17, 2015
750ml->snifter. Deep copper with thick lite tan head. A: loads of caramel malt, honey, toffee. T: bittersweet caramel malt, nread, figs, herbs. Rich. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
angel77 (1720) - oviedo, SPAIN - OCT 11, 2015
Botella 75 cl tomada en el Lupulo en varias veces última en julio 2014. (r1397). Sin lote ni fecha en Botella. Antiguo etiquetado. Increíble barley Si me con buen cuerpo y sensación alcohólica. Para repetir sin duda otra vez más.

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