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RATINGS: 1340   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
davidflores99 (225) - Long Beach, California, USA - NOV 7, 2005
This poured a thick copperish color with a nice head, almost a tan hue. Aroma was spicy, malty, and somewhat fruity. Flavor was nice, very smooth, not too sweet but bitter at the same time. Very nice brew overall.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JoeMcPhee (8746) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 6, 2005
750 ml bottle. Clear, ruby colour topped with thick yellow head. Beautiful, sweet malty aroma, a bit of spicy hoppiness, some citrusy hops as well. Biscuity malts, a bit of candied fruit. Flavour is amazing, soft silky body, light carbonation, sweet biscuit malt flavour combined with sticky, spicy hop resins. Finishes with a long soft lingering bitterness, citrus, spice, berry fruitiness. Much more than the sum of its parts. Perfectly balanced, easy drinking, almost perfect..

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hayduke (3531) - Eureka, California, USA - OCT 31, 2005
Copper color with medium tan head. Powerful nose and obvious alcohol. Carmel sweet, with lots of hop pop. A multitude of other subtle flavors makes this something very unique. Costs a fortune but worth the price. Super brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
wavers1 (909) - Notown, California, USA - OCT 29, 2005
nice copper ruby color. very effervescent with almost no head. heavily hopped passive aroma to go with the pleasantly pungent flavor. palate is great except for a slight alcohol taste. a good barleywine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MikeMac (185) - Wyandotte, Michigan, USA - OCT 12, 2005
Poured hazy orange with a nice frothy white head Aromas of citrus and hops with carmel sweetness. Nice hop flavor with mild citrus.Bread like after taste, Mild mouth feel . Flavors were not to over board for a barley wine . the price was a bit of a turn off 12.99 did not seem to be a great value . 750 ml bottle not sure on vintage date

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mephisto (1272) - TAIWAN - OCT 12, 2005
another great brew from alesmith, a strong rendition of american barley wine. very hoppy aroma and flavor. classic stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - OCT 9, 2005
2000 vintage. Thanks to Walt for this one. Pours hazy and blush with a creamy head. Super caramel aroma with some floral hops, cotton candy, alcohol and some woodiness. Very smooth. Some vitamin C flavor mingled with caramel, wood and hard candy flavors. Alcohol is only noticable in some lingering burn on the palate. Aged pretty well. I wonder if the later vintages are better because this ain’t over 4 in my book.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - OCT 8, 2005
Bomber from axilla. Pours a cloudy orangish/pink color with a foamy white head. Nose is nicely hoppy, doughy, and yeasty. SOme grapefruit notes and citrus also present. Taste is hopps up front, malt in the back. Tastes of caramel and citrus grapefruit notes sway back and forth. finishes with a nice bitterness and a bit of warming

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
blankboy (6359) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 7, 2005
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow & tupalev -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Pours a cloudy reddish-brown with a small off-white head. The aroma: WOW! Aroma of fresh hops, citrus, caramel and roasted malt all combined in a great way. The flavour: Ka-Pow!! Starts off with a delicious citrusy hops bitterness and followed by a tasty malt sweetness. The 10% alcohol is barely noticeable. This a fantastic beer and one of the best Barley Wines I’ve ever had. AleSmith, can you do no wrong?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gorbalev (2974) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 6, 2005
Bottle courtesy of HogTownHarry - shared with blankboy, HogTownHarry and GregClow. Dark orange, big tan head. Strong alcohol and hops aroma. Wonderful strong alcohol and bitter taste. Rather sweet. Formidable. Medium to thick mouthfeel. Not overly complex, and this was near the end of a long tasting session, but this is a wonderful barleywine I would love o have again. Thanks Harry, a real treat

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