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RATINGS: 1300   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
1FastSTi (3338) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 8, 2005
Pours to a hazy mahogany body with a thin oil slick looking white head and spotted lacing. The aroma is a well balanced malt and fruit. Sweet brown sugars and barley. Molasses. Very smooth. The flavor is a really smooth, well balanced barleywine. The palate is good. Smooth, medium bodied.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alyryn (9) - USA - SEP 7, 2005 does not count
Pours a cloudy dark amber. Slightly pungent aroma smells of molasses, faint notes of fruit, sweet, reminiscent of brown sugar. Hint of hops. Thick mouthfeel, malty all the while going down but hops and alcohol erupt very quickly with good balance. Finishes nicely, both bitter and sweet. I feel that the alcohol could have been hidden a bit better but all in all excellent quality, as Alesmith is quickly becoming one of my favorite brewing companies.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
WISEGUY572 (1373) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 5, 2005
Beautiful copper color, slightly cloudy, no head. Nose of malt, toffee, and hops. No real complexity to the taste, but malts, sweet toffee / caramel, and hops in perfect balance. Good mouthfeel, but nothing remarkable. As good as a barleywine gets, I think. Nothing about the beer was special, but somehow my impression of it was stronger than the ranking that came out when I put in my scores.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 28, 2005
A paler pour than expected for a barleywine. Deep golden color. Aroma is lightly hoppy with a sweet, caramel maltiness to it. Flavor is wonderfully well developed malt. There is a strong sweetness from residual sugars, but it is well balanced by a slight but sharp hop edge. This is not a hop-monster barleywine like Old Ho or Bigfoot, but still exceptional. Alesmith wins again.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
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..

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 21, 2005
Malt and hops in the aroma, apricot colour, tiny toffee head. Flavour is malty at first, followed by a notable hoppiness. Extremely well balanced, smooth, a fine one! Thanks mds!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
xenthem0nk (101) - Oregon, USA - AUG 21, 2005
750 ML bottle. Pours cloudy dark auburn. Lots of sweet variations in the nose (malt, dark caramel, and some hops) and alchohol. Taste was a great blend of sweet followed by a mellow hoppy aftertaste without to much burn. Flavor became overwhelming after a while, so had to share with a friend. A great barleywine overall, a must try.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - AUG 16, 2005
bottle thanks to walt for this one. pours a hazy dark reddish brown. fluffy creamy light tan head. nice lacing. aroma is sweet caramel malt hops and barley. tastes soft. gentle on the tounge nothing too upfront. barley, caramel dark fruits. nice bitter dry mouthfeel. awsome.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - AUG 12, 2005
750 ML bottle: Coppery amber w/ a lasting cream colored, creamy head. Bready malt with toffee and caramel. Light lemony citrusy hop and hints of roastiness and alcohol. Some dried dark cherry fruit aroma. Well balanced & malty @ first w/ a resiny hop flavor in the finish & aftertaste. Moderate toasted malt w/ some hints of roasty flavor. Herbal hop & light lingering bitterness as well into the aftertaste. Alcohol is more present as it warms. Full bodied, low carbonation w/ a hot alcohol presence taking away from the enjoyment, but very smooth/creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol is a little too present in this one to be completely ejoyable. Lots of flavor, but lots of alcohol!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 3, 2005
Dark red-brown w/ spare off-white foam. Aroma of caramel, toffee, grapefruit, orange & woody hops. Sticky, resiny feel. Flavour is sweet & malty but well-balanced w/ light acidic, almost vinous undertones. Finish is long, bitter & peppery.


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