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RATINGS: 1376   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03   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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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hezron (611) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 1, 2009
2003 bottle traded with a non-ratebeer member years ago. Thanks Mike. Aromatic nut-butter caramel with dried fruit; there is an odd freshness to the nose that is hard to nail down. It’s very "bright." Medium amber in color with a thin off-white head that sticks to the sides of the glass. Flavors initially of malty caramel, with a toasted edge; quickly changing to sugary dried fruits and then finishing with a tannic and leathery, almost meaty finish. One drink lasted 30 seconds before the flavor dissipated. Full bodies, medium-to-soft carbonation and a fairly drying finish for such a sweet beer.


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MayumiH (379) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 29, 2015
Bottle at home. Full rich flavour with a nice hop presence. Caramel, vanilla, dark fruits, cinnamon.. sugar and spice, all things nice. Tastes more sweet than bitter. full body. Thoroughly enjoyed.

3.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
aenima (311) - Askim, SWEDEN - JUL 26, 2015
Fantastic aroma of malt and hops. The taste is however dominated in a bad way by burnt caramel. Medium sweet finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (6489) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 25, 2015
Bottle at home. Pours deep amber, nose is malty toffee, little meaty, taste is dry, light smoke toffee, sweet. Was expecting a bit more tbh.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
23Skidoo (23) - SWEDEN - JUL 24, 2015
Now this is what I call a barleywine! A masterpiece.Everything it says on the label and more. Astonishingly well-balanced. Extremely well hidden alcohol. Hops are aggressive, but do not take the center stage - this is a malt-forward beer. Leather, tobacco, autumn leaves, dried fruits, burnt caramel. Viscous, oily, almost syrupy body. Strong bitter finish counterbalances malt sweetness. Note: my bottle is ~1.5 years old (bottled Feb 2014).

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SinH4 (1081) - SWITZERLAND - JUL 5, 2015
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2015 Taster at the brewery. Amber color with fine beige ring. American hops in the aroma, plus caramel and berries. Taste is malty, not too sweet, candied sugar, dried fruit, oranges, tangerines, a bit booze, but stays balanced. Smooth mouthfeel. Not what you?d expect from a Barleywine, Alesmith takes balance to a whole new level.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mjp12 (765) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 19, 2015
A supremely drinkable barley wine, with major hop influence, that cuts through the sweet malt notes. Very good .

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
angelkostvo (897) - CZECH REPUBLIC - JUN 17, 2015
Copper colour, beige head, very intense aroma of toffee, caramel and hops. Taste is medium sweet, full body, creamy texture, soft carbonation. Very intense taste.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ICEatALAMO (1131) - Troy, Michigan, USA - JUN 13, 2015
Bottle. The pour is a nice amber color. The aroma is mostly toffee, plums, and dark fruits. The taste is big on toffee, great american barleywine. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Borup (7879) - Albertslund, DENMARK - JUN 6, 2015
From tab at CBC 2015. Clear orange colour with a small off-white head. Aroma and flavor of dried fruit, alcohol, malt, caramel. hops and pine.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Joakgust (1115) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 29, 2015
Bottle. Hazy red amber beer with a small white head. Aroma is malty with notes of caramel, citrus, peaches, oranges, herbs, vanilla and licorice. Flavor is malty with notes of caramel, oranges, apricot, herbs, vanilla and licorice. Well balanced.


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