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RATINGS: 1354   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 (610) - 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.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
CousinBrenden (110) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 22, 2015
Deep amber to red pour. Very clear with little head as I poured slow. Caramel malts, some raisin, and toffee then some nice earthy hop aroma. Flavors as balanced as nose with all the same.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
drpimento (2395) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - APR 20, 2015
I don’t get everything it says on the bottle. However, the appearance is very good with nice frothy, long lasting, cream-colored head, plenty of lace, a a very clear honey amber color. Aroma is fresh hops, malt, caramel. Flavor gets more interesting while being similar to nose, brings some fruit, a see saw of sweetness and bitterness that is very long, but then has resin solvent flavor at the very end along with a wee bit of alcohol. Body is good but is interfered with the weird solvent/bitter. Overall a powerhouse that I think would be better as it gets warmer.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rune (8923) - Tromsø, NORWAY - APR 19, 2015
Poured from a big 2013 bottle with a dark blue neck. Deep copper-red body. Stable fawn-coloured head. Toffee, bread and dried fruity aromas. Quite rich taste of apricot, dark fruits, vanilla, almond, bread and caramel. Lingering bittersweet ending supported by a controlled input of alcohol. Full bodied. Decent Saturday night sipper (Tromsø 18.04.2015).

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dfonorow (1707) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2015
Bottle from 2011. Pour is brown/red with a small tan head that fades quickly. Aroma and flavor of dark caramel, chocolate covered raisins, fruity ester, plums, oak, and slight spice. Finish is sweet and spicy with a slight alcohol burn.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (11500) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - APR 3, 2015
Bottle at home, split with JFK, 03/04/15. Lightly hazed amber with a decent beige covering that retains well. Nose is rich dark fruits, spice, orange peel, fruit cake mix, caramel fudge, vanilla. Taste comprises candied fruit peel, caramel, Xmas cake, dates, orange marmalade, light booze. Full bodied, oily, booze fumes in a drying close. Solid stuff.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
shreddermx (36) - POLAND - APR 2, 2015
Niewidoczna data zabutelkowania. Szkło: Snifter. Barwa brązowa wpadająca w czerwień. Piana bogata, kremowa, pozostawiająca potężny lacing na szkle. Aromat, piękny kwiatowy, słodki, owoców tropikalnych. Piwo jest bardzo tresciwe, gęste, podczas picia sprawia wrażenie, że można by je gryźć. W smaku słodkie, na pierwszym planie tofi, goryczka srednia i przyjemna. Jest wspaniałe.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
721Lance (72) - Oceanside Ca, California, USA - MAR 26, 2015
Always thought Bigfoot was litmus test n this style. This one is way over top with complex deliciousness. Dark fruits some fruity esters along with a good hop presence. Flavors of complex toffee malts caramel hops and some biscuit. Finish is as good as flavor lingering on to a great olfactory sense of all stated before!

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
coachd (256) - Missouri, USA - MAR 21, 2015
Bottle purchased at Friar Tuck (Peoria), about 10 months old. I can smell this beer from 6 feet away. One of the greatest aromas ever. Malt sweetness, honey, raisin, plum, oak, cinnamon/spice, and some booziness. Looks amazing too. Beautiful reddish amber color that you can almost see through. Creamy off-white/tan head that leaves a ton of lacing. Taste is creamy smooth immediately up front, and then it all hits you. Sharp hop bitterness with a decent malt backbone supporting it. I am also getting oak and tobacco. Booze burn at the end, but just enough to not overwhelm the other flavors. Definitely a strong tasting barleywine. Palate is absolutely spot on. So smooth, carbonation is just right - it’s there, but it doesn’t get in the way. Great barleywine; worthy of the rating.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChrisSc (372) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 6, 2015
75cl bottle into tulip. Minneapolis. Pours dark brown with an amber hue. No head. Aroma is very complex. Dark fruits, charred oak, caramel, earthy notes, malty. Really nice. Taste is mildly sweet. A little bitter. Palate is full. Light carbonation. Very long finish. Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. Very complex.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cybercat (3784) - Georgia, USA - MAR 3, 2015
Pours hazy mahogany with pale buff head. aroma has strong woody and fruity notes. Flavor has woody, caramel and malty notes plus a snip of caramel. Texture has average viscosity but good fizz,leaving a woody finish.


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