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RATINGS: 1477   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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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
motelpogo (7705) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - FEB 8, 2007
rbsxg05, bottled. rich, pinkish amber colour, aroma of toffee, red berry, plum. thick and juicy, plenty of caramel, some baking soda, warming alcohol and a lightly piney, quite bitter finish. all up though it didnt get me too excited

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JAXSON (571) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2007 Evidently the 2003 offering. Mahogany body with a medium head and really nice lacing. Aroma is alot of raisins, vanilla, brown sugar, and some hops. Flavor is surpriningly modest, but the finish is a nice, long smokiness. This finish, I feel, is the signature Alesmith flavor. The mouthfeel is nice and creamy. Very good, not great.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnnyJ (5449) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 5, 2007
06 bottle. Appearance is dark cloudy amber/brown. Little to no off-white head. Aroma of sweet malt, caramel, piney hops, toffee, and resiny notes. Flavors of caramel, citrus, fruit, honey, toasted malt, and finishes with a large amount of piney hops. Medium to thick mouthfeel. Another excellent Alesmith brew.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jason (1834) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 4, 2007
2005 Bottle from Walt(thanks for being awesome!), sharedwith my father inlaw. Poured a cloudy brown body with decent size head. Aroma is so satisfying with malt dominating. Flavor is malt with slight hops present and such a smoothness to it. This was great. I may have found one of my favorite barleywines. Dear traders...I need more!.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - FEB 4, 2007
Another good Barley Wine. I enjoyed the tast of cherries and chocholate. The hops were present but not over barring.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
anaheim1983 (140) - Anaheim, California, USA - JAN 30, 2007
Deep redish brown with slight phenolic nose almost trappist like with backbone of hops, very rich toffee and malt flavour and hop presence. Excellent Mouthfeel. Great beer

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2007
Given the "big" beers Ive had from Alesmith, this barley wine seemed not very extreme. While not groundbreaking, it is an extremely drinkable and pleasant barley wine. It pours a hazy, dull brown with virtually no head. Aroma is light hops with a significant caramel malt presece. Taste is also a lot of caramel malt, with a good amount winey oakiness. This beer hides its 11% ABV extremely well. Mouthfeel is fairly sophisticated and complex, better than most champaigns Ive had. This is the most drinkable barley wine Ive ever had.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - JAN 24, 2007
Pours a bright reddish orange with a very suttle white head. Sweet malts, light cherries, a prevalant alcohol in the smell. heavy on the hops with a nice blend of malts, chocolate, caramel as well. A little bitterness is detected in the finish which matches nicely. Very well done.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - JAN 13, 2007
Bottle.Not sure which vintage, silver foil and blue design. Pours with a brown color and a nice light brown head. Aromas of fruit and raisins. The flavor is not as hoppy as claimed, but rather dominated by malts. Again the raisins and plums come through, and of course some alcohol notes. Nice mouthfeel and finish, very smooth.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - JAN 5, 2007
From a silver foiled wrapped neck and cap, green 750 ml. bottle, mine is the one with electric blue design and the blue filling in the anvil spaces, so 2003 vintage, a blurb and serving instructions on the back of bottle, poured carefully to leave the sediment in bottle, sampled at cellar temperature in a tulip glass. Poured a hazy golden orangey hued bright amber with a tiny off-white head that quickly settled into a fine lacing, very minimal amount of sticking. Aromas of caramel and raisins with figs, lightly tropical fruity as well, floral and ethanol alcohol. Good moderate carbonation and a crisp, dryish alcohol, velvety smooth fullish medium bodied mouthfeel, close to perfect for the English barley wine style. Pleasant sipping ability, delicious and balanced taste, raisin, plum and a light fig fruitiness, a subtle caramel with a honey sweetness, a soft tropical fruity hoppiness emerges towards the middle, a nice, cushy bitterness, the alcohol has an ethanol-like flavor, mild, but warming in the palate, and a dry, sweet malty, fruity alcohol finish. This was a bottle I acquire in late 2005 and forgot about, left to age in my basement, an excellent example of an English-style barley wine, well done.


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