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RATINGS: 1577   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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4.4
CanCrusher (1597) - Ilirska Bistrica, SLOVENIA - FEB 16, 2021
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2021 Bottle 0,75L. Thanks to Gregor for sharing. Deep dark brown color with small off-white head. Aroma of malt, dried dark fruits and booze. Taste is malty and quite bitter with medium boozy notes and bitter walnut finish. Full body with smooth mouthfeel. Excellent and quite bitter barley wine.

3
rennat42 (4098) - Ravenna, Nebraska, USA - FEB 7, 2021
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2021 Bottle. A- Malty, hoppy, caramel. A- Brown color, cloudy liquid, no head. T- Bitter, malty, caramel. P- Full body, average texture, average carbonation, bitter finish. O- Maybe I'm just over it and I know this is a classic beer but quite frankly, it's overrated. I'll admit I much prefer English to American Barleywines but at 5 years+ in age, this was still a bit aggressive. Floral bitter notes and lots of malty caramel. Nothing wrong with it, but just not worth any of the hype. Time to move on.

4.5
CraftBeerNick (5804) - Wokingham, Berkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2020
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2020 2014 Bottle at home, 27th December 2020. Pours a light chestnut brown. Aroma is caramel, floral and fruit. Taste is sublime, caramel, bit bitter, floral, perfume, so well balanced and made, damson, liquor, lingering finish, amazing Barley Wine

4.2
Cimbasso (1760) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2020
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2020 Big 750cl bottle from Chicago. Cellared for about six or seven years. Pours beautifully with perfect carbonation. Reddish brown with a tan head. Oily texture. Massive taste with lots of dried fruit, toffee, caramel and booziness. Sweet but very full tasting and gentle bitterness. Medium to soft carbonation. Massive mouthfeel and long aftertaste. A brilliant strong ale - very tasty indeed.

4.1
SloaneRanger (358) - - JUN 19, 2020
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2020 Samean ruskea, hieman kuramainen jopa. Tuoksussa on luumua, muuta tummaa hedelmää, toffeeta ja lakritsia. Mausta löytyy selvää makeutta, jota humalointi tasapainottaa. Edelleen luumua ja toffeeta. Loppumaku on vahva ja hieman alkoholinen.

4.3
Grzesiek79 (6049) - Radom, POLAND - MAY 9, 2020
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2020 Nie wiem czy odpowiednio schlodzilem i przygotowalem to piwo do dzisiejszego testu. Pierwsza polowa w temperaturze piwnicznej, dzis tam mam ok 16 stopni, po krotkim czasie i po otwarciu i zakorkowaniu, te 2 polowe testowalem gdzies w granicach 13 stopni, wiec to to gorna z zalecanych przez producenta. No ale mimo szalenstwa z temperatura podawania musialem to w koncu po latach otworzyc, bo bylem zaskoczony pewnym litewskim Barley Wine i chcialem koniecznie to porownac. Jest inaczej na pewno, ale wracajac do tego piwa co mysle? A mianowicie, sykniecie po zdjeciu zlotka, potem kapsla. Malownicza etykieta kryje w sobie malownicze piwo, jest potega doznan a jakze. Piana srednia dwu barwna kremowa, barwa piwa czerwono-jasna, nie krwista. W aromaciue czuc od razu spruchniale deski, lub taki demontarz drewnianych schodow u wojka mi sie kojarzyl, ten aromat bardzo wyrazisty, w smaku dla mnie cos czego w piwie tym nie ma ale jalowiec mi sie kojarzy, stary karmel i zwlaszcza ta bulka tarta do ugotowanej fasolki szparagowej, ta buleczka tarta dominuje jak dla mnie, poza tym jest sporo rodzynkow sultanskich, tak jakby zamiast fasolki posypane ta buleczka tarta., bardzo kompleksowe piwo.. Fajne i znow zaskakujace, inne niz to litewskie ostatnie barley wine, tak samo mile zaskakujace. Od razu czuje sie szlachetnosc i dostojnosc trunku, bez 2 zdan, American Barley wine jest Fu..ing good. Dodatek sera plus zmeczenie i wyziebienie po wielu godzinach dzialkowania rekompensuje wszystkie moje stracone elektrolity i mineraly. Ciekawe jakie jeszcze beda wrazenia bo mam jeszcze dwa piwka Ale Smith. Doskonale uzupelnienie do resztki 3-letniego dojrzewajacego sera.

4
jarvo (1241) - Abingdon, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 10, 2020
UPDATED: APR 10, 2020 Deep reddish brown with a beige head. Aroma is sweetish, stewed dark fruits. Taste medium sweet but not cloying, dark fruits, warming alcohol but not overpowering. No hint of bitterness. Very nicely put together.

4
mithe (2711) - Opava & Brno, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAR 13, 2020
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2020 (bottle 1 pt. 9.4 fl.oz. from BeerGeek online) Overall: Nice warmer. Very good, sweet and dried-fruity with nice strong alcohol bite. Aroma: Sweet, raisins, ripped fruits, dried fruits, cherry-like, alcohol, caramel. Appearance: Clear dark amber. Medium, beige head. Taste: Medium sweet, alcohol spicy, raisins, dried fruits, caramel, fruity-citrusy-sourish, light bitter, later very light woody/tanins. Palate: Medium-full body. Sticky texture. Long warm, light bitter finish.

4.1
Headbanger (4404) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 21, 2020
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2020 Old Notes. Pours a murky reddish brown with almost no head. Aroma of caramel, dried fruits, and malt. Taste is the same with some sweetness and slight alcohol. This full bodied brew is fricking awesome.

4.4
VinegarStroke (509) - Napa, California, USA - JAN 2, 2020
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2020 Tap at the brewery. Deep red brown with a little head and lace. Aroma is lifted and concentrated. Dried fruit. Aged Vintage Port. Intense, heave yet fresh. Palate is massive. Hint of sweetness yet not dominating. Big structure but not bitter. No hint of sluggish ferments.


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