Thisis12ptfont (941) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - NOV 10, 2012
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
400th reviewed beer. Kanpai! (Japanese for cheers!) Big, fat hops greet the nose with a subtle caramel and oat malt behind it. Brownish tan appearance with a thick foam and beautiful lacing against the glass. Remarkably smooth texture with intensely complex flavors of oats, dough, butter, and earthy hops upfront falling into a genius melted caramel, anise, sage and massive alcohol filled finish. Overall, Old Numbskull is truly a magnificent undertaking boasting immense flavors and stupendous balance. I’d give this an A+ rating.
Dfonorow (1700) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Theydon_Bois (11410) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - APR 3, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
shreddermx (32) - POLAND - APR 2, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
721Lance (72) - Oceanside Ca, California, USA - MAR 26, 2015
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
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!
coachd (248) - Missouri, USA - MAR 21, 2015
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
ChrisSc (369) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 6, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
Cybercat (3770) - Georgia, USA - MAR 3, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
willisread (461) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 3, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at 2014 Yokohama Beer Fest. Bourbon-ish orange color with a thin, off-white head. Dried fruit, currant, fig with hints of toffee, caramel and praline all on the nose. Tastes more of the same with cinnamon, cardamom, pepper and ginger coming out as it warms up to room temperature. Slightly sweet on the palate at first, then the spices kick in and some bitterness creeps up on the finish. Still a smooth finish however. Solid barley wine.
Tstamba (394) - Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber to a snifter at home. The freezing rain is keeping me inside on the first day of March... A copper amber color with one finger khaki head and speckled lacing. Toast, sweet toffee, floral notes and some earthy qualities. Complex flavors, well balanced and hides the ABV... Delicious! Halfway through the second glass and my skull is in fact numb ...
jbruner (2806) - Athens, Georgia, USA - FEB 28, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear copper from the bottle with thin bubbly off-white head that leaves moderate lace. Aroma of big caramel malt and vanilla overt dark fruit and earthiness. Taste is nice bitter sweet caramel and toffee. Nice stuff, boozy but not too intense.