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RATINGS: 1269   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
MiP (13477) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - APR 20, 2005
Bottle. Very powerful, peppery, hoppy aroma. Brilliant and very strong flavour, malt, some liquorice, aromatic hoppiness. Liquorice aftertaste. OK bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
johnyvt (158) - West Hollywood, California, USA - APR 19, 2005
Dark brown pour from the tap at Father’s Office in Santa Monica.. Bigger mouthfeel than most barely wines, definite hop presence but also a big, almost belgiany, raisin sweetness. Citrus mixes with a big malt profile. Warming alcohol finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
cstuartj (949) - Washington, USA - APR 18, 2005
Another mind-blowingly great beer by AleSmith... I _really_ need to move to San Diego so I can get this stuff on a whim and not need to go through a million hopes to get a few bottles once in awhile. :(

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mybrainhurts (350) - North Dakota, USA - APR 15, 2005
I have been dying to get my hands on Alesmith for a very long time now, and now has finally come! Pours a deep, rich copper color. Aroma is whiskey-like, caramel, toffee and fruits. Alcohol spice in the nose as well. Flavor is most complex. Caramel, cherries, toffee, and aged whiskey. Nice alcohol warmth reaches into my tummy. This beer is top notch all the way, and well worth the wait. Sip and relax....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jgentgesdo (665) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - APR 11, 2005
Pours beautiful cloudy amber with thin tan head. Nose is nicely honeyed, powerful date presence. The flavor is caramel, balanced more towards malt than hops, with warming alcohols as you go on. Yeasty aftertaste lasts like a peanut butter sandwich. Yum.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - APR 8, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2007 750ml bought at Alesmith bottled 08/04 - Pungent hoppy barleywine aroma. Crisp brown color with no head but a small off white ring that leaves great lacing. Flavor is a citrus hop party. Very smooth and delicious. Age will make this even better. Orginal rating 8/3/8/4/17=4 from 4/8/2005

RE-RATE 01/09/2007 same vintage as above. 8/4/7/4/17=4 so I didn’t bother changing the fresh samples numbers. Still has nice carbonation. Aroma is strong caramel, alcohol, oak and pine sap. Flavor matches with some added raisin. Palate is stickey and hot (still). One of my favorite BW’s.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shadey (1879) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 7, 2005
2000 bottle. Brown with some red highlights. Not much head. Rich aroma. Sweet alcohol but not hot. I think the age has done a lot for this beer. Rich and sticky. Well balanced. I should age every alesmith I find. I haven’t had anything from them fresh that I liked.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Emil (6066) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 6, 2005
Bottle. Brown colour with a off-white head. Sweet light roasted malty aroma, spicy and a sweet dry bitter spicy fruity taste. Medium to full body and a long bitter dry finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - APR 5, 2005
Bottle courtesy of beerhandy in trade. Pours ruby amber in color with no head. Big malty caramel aroma with a hint of hops. Flavor is very sweet, malt, caramel, and molasses. Gave it a four in palate but might be a little thin for a BW.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
billk (353) - Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, USA - APR 4, 2005
UPDATED: APR 30, 2005 Tap @ Alesmith. Amber/copper w good beige head and lace. Aroma is creamy medium roasted malt with bitter hops & alcohol. Flavor is big, med roasted malt w a touch of bitter dark chocolate. Into the full bodied range. Nice full bitterness. Alcohol was quite noticable. I felt this one was good but in need of some serious bottle ageing. Hope to try it that way sometime. I was recovering from the night before and it undoubtedly lowered my rate here.

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