666seth (229) - California, USA - JUL 23, 2002
I thought the ’old foghorn’ was one of the best barley wines I had until I had this one. Sweety finish slightly fruity with a nice malty touch to it! Try it! ZepolK (102) - South Side Montebello, California, USA - DEC 24, 2003
Very aromatic with glorious hop richness. Copper red with large tan head and good lacing. Flavor was smooth and balanced. This has to be the best barley wine I have ever tried! Exceptional in every way. revdogboy (1) - USA - JUN 2, 2004 does not count
Old Numbskull is the best I’ve found! A big barley wine with a big hop head. The intensity and complexities of this strong ale are so well balanced... there is not much that can be said other than you gotta try this beer. I’m lucky enough to live close to AleSmith here in San Diego and I’ve just started the growler program. These guys have many fine award winning beers...but I keep my fill of ’the skull’ on hand. May the well never run dry! elektrogeist (158) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 23, 2005
Picked up while I was in california. I can find absolutely nothing objectionable about this barlewine, it would seem to be the most perfect barleywine I have ever tasted-intense in every way. Even the taste lingers in your mouth forever-beautiful. I only wish I could get this in Las Vegas.. GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - JAN 19, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2007 Pours like liquid caramel w/ a full, creamy spattered froth hat just sits there. Suerb head retention never really reducing but leaves a thick and creamy downy canopy. Nice! Aromas of strict, crunchy hops dominate. Full nectar w/ relaxed 501 effers that create a soft cottony texture. This brew is bold yet refined w/ a defined sweetness. A huge hoppy character (Robo Hop)climbs from a deep subterranian chamber and fights it’s way through the malty sludge w/ battle axes whaling. Chopping, slicing, cutting yet in the end losing the battle but leaving it’s mark on the tabel of history. A very generous brew giving and giving again. Citrus rind sweetness w/ nuances of cherry, caramel, peach, leather. The finish is very long and sweet and has a mild bittering w/ a lingering asprin tingle that once was Robo Hop. Highly recommended.
MPosey (134) - , Georgia, USA - JAN 20, 2012
2002 bottle. I received it as a wedding gift from my brother. Pours a nice ruby red with a bright white head which quickly fades from the top. Strong notes of malt and carmel, as well as rasin skins. Sweet attack which fades to a warm and sweet, mellow, malty finish. A wonderful, wonderful brew. Ionlyrate5s (103) - New York, USA - SEP 18, 2014
Wonderful fruity estrers. Nice earthy hops. Great balance of the two. The flavor is unreal and thick and plummy. Has a hop presence but the malts came through the most. Such a nice finish that lasted for ever. A+++ 721Lance (82) - Oceanside Ca, California, USA - MAR 26, 2015
Always thought Bigfoot was litmus test n this style. This one is way over top with complex deliciousness. Dark fruits some fruity esters along with a good hop presence. Flavors of complex toffee malts caramel hops and some biscuit. Finish is as good as flavor lingering on to a great olfactory sense of all stated before! CousinBrenden (131) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 22, 2015
Deep amber to red pour. Very clear with little head as I poured slow. Caramel malts, some raisin, and toffee then some nice earthy hop aroma. Flavors as balanced as nose with all the same. Prolitariat777 (102) - St george, Utah, USA - AUG 5, 2015
Dark copper color white off white head clear, some what earthy hoppy aroma along with a great light biscuit sense. Flavor big rich malty and great hop backbone.