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RATINGS: 1365   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.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
666seth (229) - California, USA - JUL 23, 2002
I thought the íold foghorní was one of the best barley wines I had until I had this one. Sweety finish slightly fruity with a nice malty touch to it! Try it!

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ZepolK (102) - South Side Montebello, California, USA - DEC 24, 2003
Very aromatic with glorious hop richness. Copper red with large tan head and good lacing. Flavor was smooth and balanced. This has to be the best barley wine I have ever tried! Exceptional in every way.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
revdogboy (1) - USA - JUN 2, 2004 does not count
Old Numbskull is the best Iíve found! A big barley wine with a big hop head. The intensity and complexities of this strong ale are so well balanced... there is not much that can be said other than you gotta try this beer. Iím lucky enough to live close to AleSmith here in San Diego and Iíve just started the growler program. These guys have many fine award winning beers...but I keep my fill of íthe skullí on hand. May the well never run dry!

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
elektrogeist (158) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 23, 2005
Picked up while I was in california. I can find absolutely nothing objectionable about this barlewine, it would seem to be the most perfect barleywine I have ever tasted-intense in every way. Even the taste lingers in your mouth forever-beautiful. I only wish I could get this in Las Vegas..

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - JAN 19, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2007 Pours like liquid caramel w/ a full, creamy spattered froth hat just sits there. Suerb head retention never really reducing but leaves a thick and creamy downy canopy. Nice! Aromas of strict, crunchy hops dominate. Full nectar w/ relaxed 501 effers that create a soft cottony texture. This brew is bold yet refined w/ a defined sweetness. A huge hoppy character (Robo Hop)climbs from a deep subterranian chamber and fights itís way through the malty sludge w/ battle axes whaling. Chopping, slicing, cutting yet in the end losing the battle but leaving itís mark on the tabel of history. A very generous brew giving and giving again. Citrus rind sweetness w/ nuances of cherry, caramel, peach, leather. The finish is very long and sweet and has a mild bittering w/ a lingering asprin tingle that once was Robo Hop. Highly recommended.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
MPosey (134) - , Georgia, USA - JAN 20, 2012
2002 bottle. I received it as a wedding gift from my brother. Pours a nice ruby red with a bright white head which quickly fades from the top. Strong notes of malt and carmel, as well as rasin skins. Sweet attack which fades to a warm and sweet, mellow, malty finish. A wonderful, wonderful brew.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Ionlyrate5s (103) - New York, USA - SEP 18, 2014
Wonderful fruity estrers. Nice earthy hops. Great balance of the two. The flavor is unreal and thick and plummy. Has a hop presence but the malts came through the most. Such a nice finish that lasted for ever. A+++

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
721Lance (82) - 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!

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
CousinBrenden (125) - 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.

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 15, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2004 2000 Edition: Complex aroma that has bits of maple syrup and citrus fruits. Its hazy orange/brown color looks just as good as the gold painted bottle. The head is made of the smallest bubbles that I've seen in a while and they make some of the best lacing that I've ever seen. The palate deserves a 6, due to a unique creaminess that it has. The taste is restrained, perfectly balanced, and is capable of making you want to drink this gem too fast. Gusler, you are The Man and a million thanks to you!


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