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Bottle conditioned.
Old Numbskull is AleSmithís 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 itís 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2587) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - DEC 31, 2005
Good stuff! Cloudy dark brown with a reddish tint. Full foaming head. Rich sherried malt and fruitcake aroma, I like that in a barleywine. Peppery and earthy hops. Slight alcohol burn. Very smooth and rounded with an earthy and grassy character/, and maybe a touch of tobacco leaf.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CMUBEERMAN (421) - - DEC 29, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2006 Iíve had this in an aged bottle and at the brewery. Why the hell is it down here. This is the best barleywine Iíve had, and Iíve had them all. Amazingly balanced...what the hell. Huge fruit and malt start...tight and clean hop and alcohol finish. *** I have to take this down a bit now, because I had an unaged bottle that was very flat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 27, 2005
lemon hop aroma with malt in the background. Pours a beautiful orange-red, cloudy, with a nice head. Flavour is dominated by hops, harsh alcohol finish. Time of bottling is unknown - perhaps it needed some more aging. As it stands a beer that didnít live up to the hype.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
presario (4756) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 27, 2005
Cloudy orange with a light head. Big hop and alcohol aroma. Alcohol is not hidden at all. Like a high high alcohol IIPA. Not syrupy but no Christmas aroma or flavour that I like in a Barley Wine.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - DEC 25, 2005
received bottles of this in trade from kms399 and lou18, thanks guys. beer #8 at the IC gathering. very pleasing aroma of sweet caramel and buttered toast. orangey amber on the pour with some decent lace. palate seemed a little thin but more than made up for it by being buttery smooth. nice BW!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 24, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2008 Duane brought a bottle of this to hey_kevinís iowa city gathering. Barley wines just arent my thing, but here it goes. Reddish/orange color with a quickly disapating white head. Some alcohol, caramel, and spice in the aroma. Flavor is just the same. Nice creamy mouthfeel. I know a well made beer when I have one, but this just isnít my style of beer.

Re-rate: Duane shared a bottle of this with myself and Nimrod. Thanks!!! Malty caramel and some hop citrus in the aroma. Dried fruit flavors mesh well with some spiciness and piney hops. Very smooth and velvety - easy to drink. Excellent bw!

Old rating: 7/4/8/4/14

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
heemer77 (5148) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - DEC 23, 2005
I preferred this over the BA version. The body is dark orange with a thin white head. The aroma was rich caramel with some bread and pears. There was also a nice buttery note. Extremely rich. The taste was peanuts with some light bread crust. There was also faint butter and some black pepper. Nicely done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 23, 2005
Sydney thingo. Possibly another victim of circumstance, but I found this fairly hard going. Awesome fiery red colour. Powerful malt character with some Christmas pudding, quite sticky, and quite a lot of piney hops just like the other Alesmiths Iíve had. It seemed just like Yulesmith only with more malt, and Yulesmith seemed like the IPA with more of everything, which I find a little frustrating for reasons unknown. But the thing that really got me was the alcohol character. I mean I already had a headache but this just tipped me over the edge, unfortunately. I think it would fare a lot better in a more favourable situation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aarleks (409) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - DEC 23, 2005
Bottle (RB Sydney XMASG í05): Light red to cloudy amber. Sweet, fruity and slightly caramel-like aromas with some faint smoke harmonics and tons of peppery alcohol. The alcohol continues strongly in the mouth with an immediate warmth lingering above caramel sweetness, some stonefruit hop notes, and medicinal phenolics and fusels. Despite the beautiful flavours and aromas I found this a little disjointed and, like the Stone IPA, lacking a cohesive personality. Nevertheless, this is an excellent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - DEC 19, 2005
Another gputty hookup. Dark orange-brown pour. Nose is malt, teast, brown sugar, and a touch of hops. Nicely balanced with sweetness and bitter, toasted barley, malt, some fruit and a light hopiness. Really a nice barley wine.

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