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RATINGS: 1528   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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4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jonno (3011) - - DEC 27, 2010
Great Barleywine. VERY hoppy. Big viscous body. Lots of toffee, caramel, biscuit, and pungent heavy hops. Almost like a DIPA. Sticky. Some honey. Another finely crafted Alesmith beer.


4.7
Bule (2309) - California, USA - JAN 13, 2018
750ml bottle pours a copper color with a bit of head. Rich smooth maltiness. A little vanilla.

4
dlovell2 (2378) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 9, 2018
Poured from bomber from 2013. Pours amber with a tan head. Caramel malt aroma. Flavor is sweet caramel malt with dark fruits. Boozy finish.

4.1
Svesse (8921) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - DEC 30, 2017
(Bottle) Dark amber colour with frothy, beige head. Malty, hoppy nose with notes of resin, caramel, toast, dark rye bread, pine needles, citrus, some burnt rubber and a touch of alcohol. Malty, hoppy taste with caramel, toffee, orange peel, resin, dried fruit, toasted rye bread, a touch of chocolate and a finish with a generous citric, resiny bitterness and a warming touch of alcohol. Full body, with a certain sweetness. Solid and well made American style barley wine, with generous amounts of resiny/citric hops and a solid malt profile to back it up. Great beer!

4.4
Offar (15) - DENMARK - DEC 29, 2017
Aroma :caramel boozand toffe very good and strong Appereance: nuttet, light Brown, with a ok off White head. Taste : extremely complex, one if not the most complex and well rounded but at the same time extreme beers I'we ever tasted.

4.4
beermastersasho (159) - - DEC 29, 2017
Fantastic beer, smooth and full body. Aroma of choco, closed to imperial stout but in barley-wine form. You cannot feel the alco at all. I took it aged, was not so sparkling, was brown, but delicious and sweet, honey-like, fruity.

4.3
polishonion (30) - - DEC 22, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2017 My treacherous faces-Very nice amber color,Small head that had a small amount of staying power,Fruity aroma sort of sweet,raisins and malt with a hint of alcohol and a slight wine like character IMO.The flavor was malty sweet and definately fruity with a nice amount of alcohol but not enough to make it hard to drink,theres almost more flavors here then i can identify they change so quick it would take 2 bottles for me to pick them all out.I confess i have a slow pallate.The after taste was malty sweet and kind of lingering on that with a heavy feel in the mouth.The alcohol is nicely done and fairly well balanced .cat even tasted.

3.7
Pinball (12568) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 1, 2017
75cl bottle. clear brown, small offwhite head. mild subdued well blended aroma of malts, toasted bread, booze, dark bitter caramel. flavor is malts, fainter toasted bread, fainter dark bitter caramel, also faint dried fruits. The bnalance between flavors is really well done. while the flavor appears rather simple, it is in fact on further inspection very layered and well composed, most things balance out and do not overcome the overall flavor. this is soft.. well composed, gourmet food, i mean gourmet beer. A great sipper, a great barley wine.

4
Inhopwetrust (47) - Venezia, ITALY - NOV 27, 2017
Manca un po' di corpo, ma è decisamente un gran barleywine con una bella dose di luppolo!

4
kustie (1377) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 11, 2017
[email protected] Brown color with off-white head. Aroma has caramel, malt, pineapple. Taste is malty sweet with long bitter aftertaste. Flavors of malt, dark fruits, bitter elements, needles. Smooth mouthfeeling.

3.9
Sarpa (1665) - FINLAND - NOV 11, 2017
Bottle 75 [email protected] Birger. Pours slightly hazy amber, white head. Pineapple, caramel, malts, sweet aroma. Bitter, malty, caramel, alcohol, smooth flavor.


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