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RATINGS: 1464   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03/5   IBU: 96   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ClassyBeagle (376) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 19, 2013
FROM NOTES: October 31, ’13. From a From a750 ml. bottle into a Spiegelau tulip. A: WOW! Bready, spicy, and bold with the alcohol. Subdued anise-type spices, strong pine notes and some citrus hop notes. A: Maple brown body with a nice yellowed paper head. Nice retention and great lace. T: I would call the taste "strong" as it carries big hops and big malts that balance out in this very rich caramel and toffee sweetness with a substantial alcohol burn. P: Full body and medium carbonation. O: Overall a good representation of the style, though the hops are a bit strong for my tastes.


4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ignorant (102) - madrid, SPAIN - AUG 29, 2016
In the glass it has a dark coppery amber color with a beige, creamy and lasting foam. Roasted notes on the nose, cake, candy with fruity nuances and slightly milder hops and alcohol appreciated. In the mouth it is silky but dry, bitter aftertaste. Does not hide very well integrated alcohol which include shades of caramel, biscuit and some roasted towards the end.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dwyerpg (5550) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 28, 2016
This is a case of a beer, while good, not living up to the expectations at all. Sweet but not much molasses. Not my favorite by a bit.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
sjohnny (499) - - AUG 20, 2016
Esters. Dates. Plums. Toffee. Pours a muddy murky dark tan with sediment floating in it and a light tan thin quickly fading head. Thick mouthfeel. Hard candy. Toffee. Fruit. Raisins. Dates. Very sweet with just a bit of bitterness on the finish. A little spice. A little booze.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dahlstrom (266) - Nygatan 29, SWEDEN - AUG 14, 2016
750 ml bottle from Systembolaget. Hazy amber with a medium white head. Strong malty aroma of caramel, resin, bread, rasins, milk chocolate; moderate hoppy with notes of grass and pine. Taste reflects the aroma. Medium body, with a creamy texture. Low carbonation. Medium bitterness.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
smroush (205) - Michigan, USA - AUG 7, 2016
Aromas are heavily malt dominated - caramel and to feeling. Color is a dark copper with a small off-white head. Taste us quite sweet with a fairly pronounced but generalized bitterness. Alcohol is pronounced; carbonation is a bit lively; finish is long, with lots of malt. Overall a good solid barleywine.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
emartell (346) - Zapopan, Jalisco, MEXICO - AUG 6, 2016
Una exquisita cerveza. Compleja tanto en sabor como en aroma. Destacan las notas a frutos secos. Higo y pasas principalmente. Las notas a grano están muy presentes. De color cobrizo, carbonatacion baja, corona de espuma ligera. Un sabor complejo y bien integrado.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mark_Eck (1921) - - AUG 1, 2016
Bottle. Pours a reddish copper color. Aroma and taste are caramel, toffee, and lots go hops.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wombat23 (627) - Texas, USA - JUL 24, 2016
Draft at the source on 6/30/2016. Clear amber with a beige head. Aroma of malt, caramel, and booze with faint notes of citrus and pine. Taste is malt, caramel, alcohol, toffee, dark fruits, bread, and hints of citrus/pine from the hops. Quite enjoyable.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mice (783) - FINLAND - JUL 21, 2016
Kirkas punertavankuparinen olut melko runsaalla ja kestävällä vaaleanbeigellä vaahdolla. Tuoksu sitruksinen ja havuinen, jopa hieman savuinen, makean maltainen ja karamellinen. Maku havuinen, maltainen, hieman karamellinen. Lievää sitruksista hedelmäisyyttä löytyy myös. Keskitäyteläistä hieman täyteläisempi suutuntuma, hiilihappoja hyvin vähänlaisesti. Pehmeä ja monimuotoinen, oikein nautittava Barley Wine.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
ryanscourt (1361) - Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2016
Very sweet almost syrupy in texture. Maybe more of an English style barley wine. Enjoyed At the brewery


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