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RATINGS: 1487   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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3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
phiconners (151) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 5, 2006
Sweet aroma. Pours thick, no head. Alcohol comes through, flavor is a little more subdued than I expected. Good but not great.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 27, 2006
Turbid coppery rust with lots of floaties, thin light tan head. Musty nose of brown sugared covered apricots, soft candied pine, hints of peach, tangerine, and booze. Very light chocolate notes emerge after further warming. Rich fruity hop flavors up front include spruce, pine and touches of citrus. Its very well balanced with a strong sweet toasty caramel malt backbone. Medium to full bodied, light carbonation, bittersweet finish. Good stuff, but the OA version is more my cup of tea...

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
505 (271) - Echo Park, California, USA - AUG 9, 2006
Pretty malty, yeasty aroma. I wanted some more hops, but oh well. Taste is similar, caramel, yeasty, very belgian tasting. It was a good beer, but not my favorite barley wine. I was a little disappointed as I love Alesmith.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2 (12479) - Escondido, California, USA - SEP 4, 2006
750 mL bottle via trade with realale420. Pours ruby-amber with a feeble attempt at some tan fizzy head, edgy, with tiny spots of lace. Aroma is caramel and maple malt (cookie, cereal), yeast (grass, earth), peach and apricot. Moderate bitterness with a gradually increasing acidity, malt and yeast body, caramel and maple, alcohol burn at the end, tart hops. Full bodied and warm, spicy and dry palate.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
snowden719 (130) - Arizona, USA - AUG 23, 2006
Pours deep amber with a small to medium white head. Aroma is pine hops, caramel malt, some honey. Flavor has a nice buttery taste to go along with the caramel up front with a nice pine finish. Alcohol adds a nice warmth to the beer. Mouthfeel is decently substantial.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - SEP 10, 2006
Redder than most barely wines, nice head and decent lacing. Nose is sweet necter, taste a chewy candy. Smooth finish.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - AUG 29, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2008 As long as Ive been reading this site and drinking some fine beers, its finally time to review! Lets start off on the good foot. Bottle: The pour looks thick and cloudy before it even hits the glass. Head is minimal, but the small amount of lacing holds through the entire glass. Aroma show signs of that caramelly sweetness, but it seemed ever so slightly hot. Very little hops detected. Flavors ran the gamut here and I detected different things ever sip. THere was prevelant caramelly sweetness, with occasionally dashes of saltiness upfront, and hints of cherries and/or grapefruit mid-sip. The beer felt thick, but not real syrupy. It took a ful 10 seconds for the hop bitterness to show up after swallowing, but they provided a dry bitterness that lingered forever. Ironic that the aroma showed very little piney hop scents. Great beer, best barley wine Ive had so far.

I hate to do this Old Numby, and my first ever beer review, but I gotta take the score down. Just doesnt seem as good now. The hops taste a little off, maybe a certain staleness to them, and the aroma has some vegetable element to it. Never attractive, even when broccoli smells like itself. Pleasant malt taste for sure, but I remember it not being so subdued; initially I liked the boldness. Still good, but not 4.5 good.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lowe1983 (1544) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - AUG 14, 2006
Pours an amber color with a medium off-white head. Aroma is of caramel, citrus and pine hops, yeast, dark fruits, and some alcohol. Flavor is very similar with nice alcohol warming. Flavor lingers for awhile. Pretty delicious barley wine.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TURDFERGUSON (4051) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 3, 2006
aroma is floral hops, caramel malt, whiskey. flavor begins with sweet carmel malt, then resinous hops, and finishes bitter. Incredible balance. palate has a little alcohol on the tip, but is mainly just smooth. Another great brew from Alesmith.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
vyvvy (6075) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - AUG 19, 2006
Once again I must thank Beerdrenched for generously sharing a quality beverage. Pours deep garnet with a light tan head. LOTS of rich caramel malt - bready, toffee thickness. Thich chewy mouthfeel with somewhat sharp carbonation. Taste has lots of bready toffee, caramel, alcohol warmth, cream and vanilla - there are a ton of things going on here. Finish brings out more of the ABV warmth and some licorice hints. Excellent barleywine that I must find again.


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