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RATINGS: 1520   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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3.8
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - AUG 9, 2007
Definitly on the hop side of the BW specturm. Delicious and complex fruitiness with tons of citrus hop. A little disappointing in the mouthfeel but than again there is nothing cloying about this. As a matter of fact this may be dangerously drinkable.

4.2
greenhorn1 (850) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - AUG 1, 2007
750ml bottle. Pours a murky amber, little head, and large slow moving bubbles. Aroma is just as complex as the flavor. fruity, sweet caramel notes, and yes even a cinnamon roll. Flavor is delightful, woody, candy, hoppy, just the right balance. Nice long dry finish, with a medium to full body. This is an awesome BW, so many out there are just to harsh. Old Numbskull is smooth and relaxing.

4
grimreeser (797) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 24, 2007
Well I guess I’m not copying OG. Pours a cloudy amber with a good sized head. Nice aroma, fruit, mostly cherry, caramel, and candy aroma as well. Nice sweetness, not overly bitter like some barley wines. Didn’t really notice the alcohol. Thanks for sharing!

4.1
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JUL 22, 2007
750 ml bottle purchased from the brewery (3/06) - Pours a cloudy amber color with a thin, big bubbled off white head. No lacing. Aroma is toasted malt and lots of esters. Flavor is esters, caramel malt, and slight alcohol. Palate is a little flat, slightly dry and bitter. Medium to full body. Alcohol is noticeable in the finish. I had this on tap at the brewery last Sept. and thought it was a little better then. Still a very nice BW.

3.9
undsioux7 (876) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JUL 20, 2007
Grooved on this in the hummer limo after the grimreesers wedding and I have to say it wasn’t too cloying! Thanks for having a drink with me Grim and congratulations on your marriage!!! I am glad to call you a friend and hope to drink many more with you!!!! Fuck the description!

3.8
MaxxDaddy (419) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 7, 2007
Bottle courtesy of JCB (thanks!). Poured a really dark reddish-brown color with slight off-white head. The aroma was all fruity/candy sweetness and booze...I guess this has mellowed out some. Upon tasting, I get all malt to start, with dark fruits being the predominant taste, though it was tough for me to pinpoint anything specifically. The finish was sweet and boozy, with the latter being predominant after swallowing. The hops definitely faded in this one. I wonder how this tastes fresh. Still, a solid beer nonetheless and glad I got the chance to try it, though I recommend sharing it with a friend or several.

4.3
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - JUN 30, 2007
2004. This is one of those beers. A beer that I can sit back with, close my eyes, take a long draw from the glass and effortlessly float away, even if I’m in a crowded room. Clouded mahogany body looks like liquified, split wood, with swirling copper hues and ruby glints that could light up a dark corner of a bar. A thick tan head is resistant to dispersion and eventually leaves behind thick drooping lace. Gorgeous and teeming with energy. The aroma blends notes of toffee and caramel into a rich melange of candy, sticking to the teeth long before the first sip. Scents of aged wet hops, honeycomb, heavily toasted malts, apricots, dates, oranges, rum, alcohol and leather. Outstanding. The flavor is almost as rewarding and substantially different too. Intense hop bitterness is still prevalent, sweetness levels are moderate to high. Caramel and woody, toasty grains dominate, followed closely by fruit, then hops. The finish is sweet, then rapidly drying, very long and elegant. Mouthfeel is full bodied, rich and silky, with ample carbonation. A delight to sip on, especially the palate. A tremendous dessert beer.

4.2
StefanSD (2468) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - JUN 28, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2007 750 ml bottle. This is from the new 2007 batch of old numbskull. Pours an unfiltered cloudy dark brown with a good tan head that disapates just a bit too soon. Aroma is sweet malts, caramels, and molasses. Flavor is the same but with some added pronounced hops. Smooth, creamy, satisfying mouth-feel. Finishes long and clean. Overall: a great barley wine. Recommended.

4.1
bdigital (659) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 24, 2007
Pours a murky amber/brown color with a small cream head. Aroma is of cherries, blackberries, candied sugar, caramel, malt and a hint of mild hops. Creamy, full mouth feel with tastes of dark malts, caramel, and some banana. Very good barley wine, one of the best I’ve had.

3.8
minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 18, 2007
Bought 11/25/06. Pours tawny red/orange with absolutely no head. Aroma of apples and alcohol. Huge malt profile, caramel sweetness, retronasal brings lightly toasted grainy notes, light warming alcohol kick on the finish. Hop character is very understated. Definitely not a "hop-forward" barley wine a la SN Bigfoot. Low carbonation but not completely absent. Big body, almost syrupy. Very smooth. Too one-dimensional, but sure is tasty! (Though too sweet after 750ml) Fun to watch how your sobriety steadily melts away with each gulp.


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