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RATINGS: 1491   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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pinkzambia (1929) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 10, 2007
Bottle - 2004: Dark clear copper with not much head. This is interesting in light of the fact that many of the other ratings report medium to large heads!?! The aroma is dominated by hops and alcohol accompanied by oak, bread, peaches, light berries and raisins. Other flavors beside the rich hops were Sheepherders Bread from Bishop, CA and brown mustard. The feel is thick and syrupy with a strong bitter aftertaste. This brew aged quite well and I think it could have even been better a year later . . . This was the last to go from my Secret Santa in July 06! Thanks man!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
garmonbozia (429) - Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA - FEB 10, 2007
2004 bottle. Pours a beautiful amber with a huge head. Smells of fruit all the way, mostly plums and malt. Taste of hops and more fruit. The flavors became more dominant as it warms. Alcohol was well hidden. Very smooth finish

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jgd0608 (187) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - FEB 9, 2007
750 courtesy of FlacoAlto! Thanks! Pours an amber with a big creamy beige head. Dark fruits, caramel, and hoppy smell. Taste is delicious, very smooth unlike a lot of barley wines ive had, alcohol hidden very well, and not over hopped. Slight bitterness, overall a great barleywine.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ford9719 (371) - Vilseck, GERMANY - FEB 9, 2007
06 750ml. Thanks to jdg0608. Porued a hazy orange and redish color. Aroma of fruits and hops. Taste is full and thick with a fruit hint and nice hoppy finsh.

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 (586) - 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 (5496) - 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


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