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RATINGS: 1289   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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Bottle conditioned.
Old Numbskull is AleSmith’s first barley wine offering. You may find the name "Old Numbskull" curious. Barley wine has its origins in England and tradition is to begin the name with "Old": Old Nick, Old Sampson, Old Jock, etc. Tongue-in-cheek is often the spirit in naming a barley wine. After drinking a glass or two, you may agree that Old Numbskull feels like a fitting description. It also reminds us of the Three Stooges, one of the greatest comedy teams of all time, so it’s meant to bring a smile even before the first taste. Exotic fruit aromas, along with clean ethanol, caramel, honey and toasty notes are present in the nose. At five months of age, the Numbskull flavor begins malty and the hops become more evident from the middle to the finish and linger nicely in the aftertaste. The aroma notes also show themselves in the flavor.

1999 - waxed cap
2000 - dated as such. Pictured at left
2002 - Silver foil with electric blue design and NO filling in the anvil spaces
2003 - Silver foil with electric blue design and blue filling in the anvil spaces
2004 - same as 2003 but with "Alesmith" below the logo in white lettering.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fordest (1994) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - JUL 21, 2005
750 ml bottle. Pours hazy copper with no lasting head to speak of. Aromas of dark fruits, cherry, currant, pear, and caramel. The alcohol heat hits first in the flavor with some hops in the middle and a clean malty finish. Very Very yummy.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SDalkoholic (2146) - 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. I’m 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 didn’t notice as much characterisitcs as i had expected such as a sticky palate texture or extreme bitterness. It’s 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 18, 2005
On tap at brewery. Pours dark orange to brown with off-white head. Aromas of dark fruits, heavy malt, and piney hops. Flavor tends towards the hops, and not as complex as expected. Still very good, but I think I would prefer it aged another year or two.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - JUL 18, 2005
2005 RBSG - Vineous, fruity, sweet aroma. Kind of strong alcohol presence. Not at all smooth. Some sweetness, some roasty malt flavors. I wrote heavy alcohol as the last 2 words. Needs some time to mellow.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 17, 2005
RBSG2005. Couleur cuivrée allant vers l’orangée, moyenne quantité de mousse se renouvellant à souhait. Oranges amères, pamplemousses et résines de houblon faisant allusion aux conifères. Grosse base maltée, malt biscuit, pain au chocolat, caramel et quelques notes de café. Texture pleinement résineuse, corps d’épaisseur moyenne semblant bien atténué, carbonatation douce et bien active. Finale amère, résineuse et quelque peu alcoolique.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mds (2209) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 16, 2005
bottle. 2003 vintage. copper-orange body with some yeast floaties. aroma is yeasty, with mild cheese notes, and very faint hop notes. I really like this. flavour is sweet and alcoholic with a fairly large yeast component. some bready notes. alcohol appears in the background but is most enjoyable. tasty.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DYCSoccer17 (3320) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 14, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2011 Bottle RBSG05 brought back from my San Diego excursion. Vinous, fruity, sweet plum-like aroma. This is very quaffable and pleasant. Hazy copper/amber color with a yellowish head. Sweet, roasty, malty to start with a mildly bitter finish with more vinousness and bitterness. This is a little hot to finish and a bit hoppy. This needs some time. I remember the samples I had at the brewery being better...(8/5/7/4/15)---RE-RATE. Blind rating at New Year’s Eve Blind Barleywine tasting. 5 ounce sample. Bottle purchased at the Davis Food Co-Op. Can’t believe I haven’t bothered re-rating this in about 5.5 years. Aroma is nice and vinous with some impressive piney hoppiness. Nice sweetness, and extremely quaffable. Mildly hazy amber body with a large, creamy, off-yellow head. Fantastic lacing. A gorgeous brew. Piney "C" hop flavors to start. It becomes a little more vinous in the middle. A little sweet towards the end. Light booziness. Fairly bitter with nice hoppiness, but a little too much in the way of hops. Needs some time to mellow.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (7812) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 13, 2005
RBSG 2005. Orange amber body, small off white head. Resiny hop aroma is sweeter than expected. Bitter, resiny hops in the flavour lack complexity but it remains dangerously drinkable. Medium palate. Bit of a disappointment but only due to high expectations. Briefly lost track of the sample in a small sea of Top 50s in front of me. Panic ensued, followed by relief.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 11, 2005
Great beer. A little tricky to pour at first, was hard to keep the yeast in the bottom of the bottle. My fault, I was a little too excited to try this beer. Strong taste; alcoholic, with nice mix of flavor. Enjoyed this beer a lot. Will definitely buy again. I would like to age one for a year and see the difference.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tmoney99 (10660) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 23, 2005
Bottle from Basket Gourmet in Cincy. Reddish-brown hue with large off-white head. Complex aroma of hops, malt and caramel. Full body with chewy malt texture. Flavor is full with the same complexity as aroma with a medium dry hop finish. This is one of the best.


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