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RATINGS: 1286   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 17, 2005
2003 vintage: cloudy brownish gold w/very short head. vinuous and light caramel malt aroma. flavor is sweet vinuous and plum/prune, toasted caramel malt, faint alcohol heat. hops only on the edges, thatís how I like it.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 17, 2005
Pours a cloudy, caramel brown color with no head. Great aroma of caramel, hops and alcohol. Amazing flavor of malt, caramel, fruit, hops and alcohol with a bitter finish. Medium body, syrupy and sticky texture, very soft carbonation. I could slowly sip this beer forever ...

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PWalk (337) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2005
Aroma of dark fruit. Tastes very nice and sweet with a toasted caramel present. Very warming and enjoyable.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JAN 16, 2005
Poured a hazy amber with a small off white head. Appears thick and oily and sticks to the glass. Aroma is malt foward. Sweet, fruity, and notes of honey. Sweet, malty, caramel flavors start it off. This then turns to fruit and gives a well balanced finish of honey, bitterness, and alcohol (both flavor and warming sensation). Body is full with a light syrupy feel. It happens to be a great night for this beer. I am in a cabin in the mountains. It is 15 degres and there is a chance of snow. But i am nice and warm..or should I say toasty.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopdog (8886) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2005
In addition to the BA version I tasted, I also tasted 2 bottles (Vinages í03 & í99) of this beer. Poured an amber color with an off white head. Aromas and tastes of raisins, plums, alcohol, and caramel. Sweet.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 14, 2005
Pour was a deep ruby with a nice tan head that laced well...smell is pine hoppy with lots of plum, smoke, oak, caramel,and alcohol...taste was sweet and young with alcohol...also a definate hoppy warmth...lots of alcohol here...good though...

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - JAN 13, 2005
Aromas of plum, malt and slight twinge of alcohol. Bottle is aged enough that the hops are almost nonexistent. Tons of malt and dried fruit come through. Carbonation almost gone with a rigorous pour. Medium bodied, nothing too cloying. Slight alcohol kick in the finish. Quite nice.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jzzbassman (1515) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - JAN 13, 2005
Poured a light brown with almost no head. Big aroma of alcohol and malted milk balls. Flavor was a little "hot" and hoppy, but really nice with lots of citrus, pine resin, and malt. The flavor was made even better by a full palate without being too sticky and just the right amount of carbonation. Iím very grateful to mjames for bringing this one back for me.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JAN 3, 2005
New Years Eve 2004 beer #2. Best name I have heard for a barleywine yet. Pours a lot lighter color than I expected. Nice head/lacing. Lots of resiny citrus aroma here, with warm toasted malt aroma and alcohol emerging as it warmed. Excellent mouthfeel. Beady, soft carbonation along with toasty malt, carmel, and a big dose of hop resin. Finshes with a note of alcohol and lingering malt sweetness. Excellent. I think I want to lay one of these down for a few years and see how it progresses.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nuffield (3671) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 28, 2004
Big hazy dark chestnut body. Rich in both malts and hops, with a mild appearance from the alcohol. Not hyper-carbonated, as befitting the style, but hyper-smooth. Vinous, dark fruits (dates), wood, and a crispy, deep-fried, burnt edge. The mid-finish isnít super-complex, but otherwise this is a wonderful concoction. (2004 Christmas Party, my #3, groupís #4)


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