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RATINGS: 1471   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.

jonno's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jonno (2520) - - DEC 27, 2010
Great Barleywine. VERY hoppy. Big viscous body. Lots of toffee, caramel, biscuit, and pungent heavy hops. Almost like a DIPA. Sticky. Some honey. Another finely crafted Alesmith beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jhamp9 (1683) - Corinth, Texas, USA - SEP 22, 2016
Dark copper pour with a cream colored head. Tons of lacing. Strong caramel aroma with earthy hops, burnt toast, and some dark fruit. Taste follows the nose but has boozy heat and metallic notes. Full chewy body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaBeer1972 (1836) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 17, 2016
On tap at Draft Bar on Mission Beach. Murky russet amber. I let it warm a while. Rich sugary malts. Earthy spice. Lots of layers. Mild bitter finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerRenter76 (834) - Texas, USA - SEP 13, 2016
Numbskull poured a deep brown-amber hued body, good carbonation with a thin white cap that left heavy laceing. Aroma was really nice lots of different fruit made an apperance pineapple, pear, cherry, citrus and alcohol. Flavors of chocolate, coffee at first and as it warmed the fruit flavors came into play, alcohol was noticeable throughout. Mouthfeel was thick and chewy, alcohol warms up the body some. Overall a very nice brew, cant wait to open my second one later. Originally rated on 10/13/08.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mike5326 (1639) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - SEP 5, 2016
Poured from a bottle. Medium copper color, medium frothy white head. Sweet hops and syrup aroma. Medium body with a sweet malt flavor and a medium finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Luvystypotables (1688) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - SEP 5, 2016
Aroma of plums, toffee and caramel, pours a hazy copper color. A great taste of fruit, caramel and malt, full body with a fermented fruit and booze finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rougeau13 (2627) - Richmond, Texas, USA - SEP 2, 2016
Bottle from Spec’s. Deep dark mahogany with a milky cream colored head with light lacing. Aroma of fig, caramel, grass, white cake, and a hint of apple. Taste is sweet caramel and dark fruit and bread and a fair amount of bitterness. Alcohol is pretty well integrated, but there’s no doubt it’s there. Medium-full bodied and quite smooth. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leini (1807) - SWEDEN - SEP 1, 2016
750ml bottle. Dark amber body with a low head. Dried dark fruits, caramel, toffee, pine, biscuit. Hint of lactose towards finish. Noticable alcohol presence.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dwyerpg (5673) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
sjohnny (521) - - 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.

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