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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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 5, 2007
slightly hazy amber with a nice tan head that leaves a thin film. aroma nicely balanced rich malty dried fruit and piney hops. warm alcohol and dried berries as well. bittersweet spicy flavor. caramel and dried fruit with a nice hop presence. spicy bitter dry finish. warm alcohol. creamy carbonation. fairly thick. very good barley wine.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
smhncabot (310) - Cabot, Arkansas, USA - JAN 4, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2007 nose caramel and alcohol. flavor is smooth caramel and bisccuit. quite tasty not hoppy enough though

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - JAN 4, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2009 A fantastic beer. Very mellow and malty to start out with but has a nice bittering finish to the beer. The aroma is sweet and caramely. At this moment I cannot think of a better barleywine that I have had. Although I am sure that I have not found the best quite yet. Very good beer. ---re-rate--- Fresh bottle. Lots of alcohol, sweet caramel, and some pine hops. This beer is still very good. Ill keep the rating as is. ---re-rate--- Fresh bottle. 8-21-2009 Thanks Dave (Strykezone). Aroma is slightly oxidized, but it works in this. Very ripe caramel and fruity yeast. Caramel, non-aggressive hops- well, balanced. The yeast profile really makes this beer. Yum.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
drmatt (51) - THE LOU, Missouri, USA - JAN 4, 2007
nice malty nose. pours with no head, cloudy amber color. taste is amazing, biscuity, malty flavor. smooth bitter finish. mouth feel is smooth and creamy. now my favorite b wine.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - JAN 1, 2007
Bottle. 2005, I think. Opened this to celebrate the new year with some friends. Lots of sediment in there. Damn good aroma of piney and floral hops to go along with vanilla, caramel and some fleshy fruit (pineapple, pear) The mouthfeel blurs the line between barley wine and IIPA. Very dry, hoppy and astringent. Its balanced with a little malty sweetness from caramel, honey and those fruit. Very good, and strong. Would be excellent if the hops were toned down just a bit.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - DEC 28, 2006
On tap @ the Linkery tonight, as well as many other times throughout town. I had a pint of this tonight, and thoroughly enjoyed it. I realized when I got home that I had never rated this one. The pour is awesome. even with the small head, this beer looks divine. The aroma was very "belgian" to me, something I havent noticed in the past. Taste is fruity with some faint caramel in the background. My only gripe is that this beer is pretty hot in the finish. This beer screams hangover to me. Strong, very strong.....would age well.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - DEC 27, 2006
Pours out a deep amber color with a very small head. Aroma is some what sweet with hints of hops. Flavor is great. It has a nice sweetness to it at first and changes over to a nice warming bitter finish. Great brew!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
WeeHeavySD (3383) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 23, 2006
Bottle. 2005 or 2006 vintage unsure, bought new at a whole foods so who knows. Had it several times, but hadnt really sat down and enjoyed it, so I decided to sit and rate it with some friends. Pours yellow amber with a large puffy tan head. The nose is full of sweet smoky dried fruit. The taste is very smooth and warming, notes of caramel and drid fruit. Has a great throat warming quality that finishes with a smoky roasty aftertaste.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 20/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 14, 2006
Very sweet with bitterness so well hidden! Delightful brew. Somewhat thick and quite rich in caramel malt. Bitterness in the aftertaste only. A real winner.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ibrew2or3 (8282) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 3, 2006
12/02/06 Walk the Line Barleywine Festival, Dunedin, FL. 1999 vintage sampled from a 0.750L bottle. It poured a hazy brownish orange with tan head. The aroma was light with burnt oak, sweet caramel. The flavor was smooth fruity kind of sweet red wine maybe, vanilla, caramel and sweet candy orange. Delicious.


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