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RATINGS: 1502   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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4.2
brianbuntz (49) - Santa Monica, California, USA - APR 8, 2007
Pours a deep, mostly opaque reddish brown. Nice, lasting head that coats the glass. Smells sweet like a Belgian, but with much more hops. Feels almost creamy on the tongue. The hops are really strong and lend a pine after taste and there is a nice sweetness to balance the bitter kick of the hops. The alcohol is not fully masked though.

4.1
robinvboyer (4611) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - APR 4, 2007
beautiful caramel color nose is ALL hops, but very very sweet hops. mouthfell is smooth, and thick with a very dominant caramel flavour, one of the best barley wines iíve had!

4.1
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 31, 2007
Pours a deep amber brown color with a white head. Aroma is biscuity, malty, with caramel and some hop bitterness. Flavor is very malty, lots of biscuit malts and slightly bitter finish.

3.9
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAR 29, 2007
Silver foil (2006?) Brown reddish, this off-white head. Nose is malty, but not overpowering, herbal, slightly floral, and I think Iím detecting a hint of aspirin. Low carbonation, a little sticky and a bit creamy. Fruity leather, toasty malt, and significant floral hops. Lacking a really huge caramel element like I enjoy in a barleywine, but not bad otherwise. I wish I had another bottle to age, but Iíd rather pick this up at a lower price...

3.8
Juelze (1146) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 29, 2007
2006 bottle, trade from Ogglethorp, thanks Brian! Pours a hazy and rich mahogony color with off-white head that fades quickly. Aroma is...whoa...thatís one frickiní agressive aroma and is actually a bit off-putting to me. Aroma is an intense caramel, dark fruit, and alcohol, not too appealing for me. However, as soon as it hits room temp itís not as devastating to the olí nostrils. Taste is a lot easier on the senses with a a nice surge of caramel, dark fruit, and again an abundance of alcohol. With this beer being so right in your face it finishes pretty smooth while revealing some nice hopiness and some light cocoa and some slight cherry as well. Didnít quite live up to the hype but Iíd drink it again if I was offered it. Hopefully some aging would drown out the alcohol a bit more as Iíve had higher abv beers with less alcohol presence then this.

4.3
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - MAR 27, 2007
Pours a dark, coppery amber with a small off-white head. Far more hops than I expected in the nose, some fruit and caramel. Sweet malty flavor, more caramel up front with a fairly aggressive hop presence that fades into a lingering bittersweetness. Excellent.

4.3
BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - MAR 24, 2007
Poured a beautiful dark amber with slight tan head. Smelled like sweet raisins and plums...The taste was just slightly sweet fruit, thick, plums, brown sugar and honey...Very hearty taste. Hoppy finish which blended very well...Not too sweet, not too dry...VERY VERY tasty...My favorite so far, I think...Like previous rater, I tried to sip it, but it was so darn good, I ended up downing it...The alcohol is very well hidden.

4.4
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - MAR 23, 2007
Poured fom the bottle the appearance was a deep reddish hue along a brownish quality. The head was small and nice. The aroma was delicious with caramel, , anise, and hints of alcohol. The flavor is deep and rich with much malt sweetness and well interspersed hops. The finish is smooth as silk. A first rate beer no doubt!

4.4
kramer (6682) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 20, 2007
25 oz bottle, acquired in 2005, via a long ago trader. Pours a slightly hazy dark orangish copper colored body under a small tight bubbled off-white head that ran to a thin ring. The nose is heavy toffee and sweet caramel malt with lots of balancing hoppiness. A little alcohol, but not much for a 10% beer. Pretty well balanced flavor, for all that malt thereís pretty minimal sweetness thankfully. Nicely balanced with lots of bitterness on the finish. Surprisingly well hidden alcohol. Some notes of brown sugar. Mouthfeel is thick and full bodied but never sticky or cloying. Nice moderate slightly fizzy carbonation. This is the finest crafted Barleywine Iíve ever had. My second highest rated, but my first is Midnight Sun M, which is really a whole different animal. This was just so incredibly drinkable it went down faster than any other 10% beer Iíve had. I really tried to sip it but I just kept taking big gulps.

3.8
JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - MAR 19, 2007
Bottle from trade with Odeed. Thanks man! Pours a dark amber color with a decent off white head. Aroma of pine and citrus. Hops dominate the nose. Taste is semi sweet and malty. Nicely balanced with a bit of fruity finish. Good and easy to drink.


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