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RATINGS: 1383   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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4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
FriarHop (122) - Long Beach, New York, USA - APR 5, 2013
Not sure what age this one was; it had Alesmith written in blue below the anvil. Anyway, the best barley wine I've ever had. Really clean, flavors are not muddled at all. Big palate but smooths out into a dry finish. This one made a big impression. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Aniela (4139) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 25, 2015
Bottle at HChris and Ruth’s pre-GBBF 2015. Deep amber beer with an beige head. Fruity , malty, dark dried fruits, caramell aroma. Hoppy, malty nutty dark fruits flavour. Really a marvellous palette of aroma and flavour. So complexed beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beergaard (236) - Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 23, 2015
Strong notes of spicy tobaco, honey and ripe fruit. Some hoppy character as well. Quite interesting and enjoyable.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Calisky (1745) - ALSACE, FRANCE - AUG 20, 2015
Courtesy of Jaghana Couleur ambrée sombre, très légère mousse. Fort nez houblonné fruité exoxtique, note resineuse et sucrée. Fort gout houblonné résineux, fruits exotiques legerement confits, agrumes confites; orange, fruits jaunes, notes de reglisse, caramel, raisins et légères épices. Bon corps. Fin longue résineuse et fruitée. Intense et complexe, une nouvelle bombe de alesmith. On dirait une imperial ipa.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jaghana (4728) - Strasbourg (Alsace), FRANCE - AUG 20, 2015
Bottle 75cl, a dark amber beer with good head. Nose is intense on exotic fruits and candied fruits / ripped fruits. Aroma is on his on hops resin, licorice, candied fruits, dry grapes, mango, mandarin, apricot, toffee, quite sweet, toasted caramel, quite bitter, good complexity. Body is a bit too sweet on my point of view, robust barley, long fruity aftertaste, vanilla hints.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
EdKing (2173) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 19, 2015
Bottle shared at Chriso’s pre-GBBF 2015 Shindig, bought at Brewdog’s online shop. 2 or 3 years old. Colour is rusty red orange, white head. Nose is musty grain, sweet and sugary, barley sugar sweets, marmalade, orange peel, little spice, leather. Taste is marmlade, musty grain, orange peel, caramel, bitter citrous peel. It’s not too raw, but is soft and mellow. I’m getting a nice fug of warmth up the back of my head as I drink this. Rich soft, fruity and sweet, but not cloying at all. Very good barley wine.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gEUS (1503) - Linden, BELGIUM - AUG 16, 2015
750 ml bottle at home - latest vintage. Pours dark copper amber with a stable off-white head. Rich nutty and raisin aroma, hops are coming through very well; verydense exotic. Full rich sweet and bitter body, flirting with the IIPA limit. A tad alcoholic, aggressive towards the end. Taste is tangerine peel, nuts, brown Sugar, alcohol.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Prolitariat777 (102) - St george, Utah, USA - AUG 5, 2015
Dark copper color white off white head clear, some what earthy hoppy aroma along with a great light biscuit sense. Flavor big rich malty and great hop backbone.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MayumiH (413) - 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 (318) - 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 (6760) - 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.


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