RATINGS: 1495   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03/5   IBU: 96   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SDalkoholic (2375) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JUL 19, 2005
An amber orange hue with a cloudy appearance of dust seen through out the glass. Small layer of sand colored head but it breaks up pretty quick leaving the beer naked. I could smell the aroma from a good distance away as soon as i opened it. It has that strong floral hop and grapefruit essence to it, which i love . Flavor is a bit enticing and carries a sweet malt tone added with the same hop profile I detected in the aroma. Im not exactly sure what year this is from 2003 or mid 2004? though, I feel a fresh bottle of this from the current year would blow me away with flavor, and thats exactly how i prefer my barleywines. I admit age does beers like this justice but then again it alters other benefits in exchange. I didnt notice as much characterisitcs as i had expected such as a sticky palate texture or extreme bitterness. Its just not the same as what i could imagine it tasting new from a fresh batch. All in all, this is a damn good beer and must be experienced by anyone who loves good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BlazerT (992) - Sosnowiec, POLAND - APR 26, 2017
Butelkowane 2014. Totalnie w stylu AleSmith - niezwykle słodowe - toffi, karmel, rodzynki i inne suszone owoce,lekkie kakao. Niestety po tych kilku latach została jedynie goryczka chmielowa. Piwo raczej umiarkowanie słodkie, utlenienie chmielu lekko podbija słodycz piwa. Rzekłbym, że raczej klasyczne BW, nie wiem jak się prezentuje świeżo zabutelkowane. Na pewno bardzo dobrz eułożone, wysoce pijalne, alkohol dobrze ukryty. Dla lubiący styl AleSmith piwo obowiązkowe.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Samuel214 (916) - SWEDEN - APR 22, 2017
Flaska frn Beergium. Osker p rtal, kan vara ganska frsk. Provning med lsllskapet. Klar kopparrd med halvfinger hgt, grddig, beige skumkrona. Doftar torkad frukt, mandelmassa, knck och malt. Stor, oljig, lite matt kropp. Stor i smaken med rejla ntiga och knckiga toner och lite inslag av apelsinskal. Stor och potent med vrmande alkohol. Vl sammansatt. Hller ihop vl mellan stma, storlek och alkohol. Ganska straightforward och klassisk barley wine. Gott!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
zenkis (834) - Ogre, LATVIA - MAR 29, 2017
Lovely. Hopped and dryhopped - dont know, but its malt richness, deepness is so cosmically well balanced, rounded up with bitterness and hops flavor. Man... one of those beers you regret when its empty bottle. I wonder what is the big difference between this BW and some similar light/dark-to-darker malts combo Wee Heavy?

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
imperial_suchy (175) - Rybnik, POLAND - MAR 29, 2017
Piwo bursztynowe z jasno-beżową pianą. W aromacie przede wszystkim suszone owoce, karmel. Czuć też słodkie, dojrzałe owoce. Zapach jest świetny, intensywny. W smaku suszone owoce, karmel, słodkie tropikalne owoce, jest też lekka wanilia, na finiszu subtelna goryczka. Piwo ma bardzo gładką fakturę, niskie wysycenie pije się przyjemnie. Myślałem, że piłem już dobre barley wine, ale old numbskull to zweryfikował. To piwo jest wspaniałe.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Szulo (73) - Płock, POLAND - MAR 21, 2017
Pite w ramach panelu w Carpe Kraft. Na samym początku zachwyca już wygląd. Piana drobnopęcherzykowa oblepia szkło i utrzymuje się do końca picia. Kolor opalizujący, ciemno miedziany. Aromat karmelizowanych owocw daktyle, figi, rodzynki, szlachetny alkohol. Smak jest trochę zaskoczeniem na plus, czuć wyraźnie gorycz ale nie męczącą, jest także słodko wyklejające. Bardzo dobre.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dropi6 (316) - POLAND - MAR 18, 2017
Pours amber, clear, minimal head. Fruits, alcohol, hops, raisins, more alcohol, malts, caramel. Sweet, but than massive bitterness. Full body, extremely oily.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pintbypint (3483) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 20, 2017
750ml brown bottle. Colour is deep golden/amber, the beige head is thick and full, very sticky and clingy in the glass. Nose has toffee malt sweetness, brown sugar, rich malts, orange. Taste - toffee malts, dark sugar, sponge candy, late hop notes. Late bitterness, lasting malt richness and hop bitterness. The body is full, good carbonation for a heavy beer. Alcohol is well integrated. Hell of a nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
beer_queue (136) - California, USA - FEB 6, 2017
Super sweet aroma with a bit of hops. Flavors provide a combo of fruits, caramel, & citrus hops with a big boozy finish. Ive also had this at a year old, and I think thats where its really at its best; hops recede to allow more of the roasted malts to come thru. Boozy fresh and even boozier as it ages. Exemplary American barleywine.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ogonczyk (139) - Ruda Slaska, POLAND - JAN 17, 2017
Sweet aroma of ripe exotic fruits with some resin notes on the decent caramel background. Full bodied but not very sweet, slightly warming, soft carbonation with silky finish. Hops and malts symphony!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Listigovers (1086) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 14, 2017
Brown and slight orange tinge with a very dense thin tan head. Smell is incredible, lots of resinous hop oiils and dark fruitiness, cigar, a deep caramel roast malt. Flavour is huge, tons of caramel malt sweetness, packed with hop oiliness, end of having a slight bitter aftertaste. Hops are very earthy and rich, very full bodied and warming. Incredibly decadent, wonderful beer!

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