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RATINGS: 1270   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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - NOV 30, 2004
750 ml green bottle with a silver foil wrapper covering the cap, I believe this is a 2003 vintage but cannot find a date to verify this. This beauty pours a dark reddish brown color with a collar of light tan. The collar leaves nice lace about the glass. The aroma is sweet with caramel and dark fruits with a good amount of alcohol as well. There is a lot more going on here that I would have to drink another one to most likely identity in this very complex and wonderful smell. The taste has a big sweetness up front that tastes of caramel, rich fruits and spiciness. The hops are present and become more evident as this one warms and creates a bitter dry finish. Mouthfeel is thick and rich and has decent carbonation. This is a very smooth barley wine that seems to improve with age from what I have read. It is excellent at the point it is now with a very complex nose and taste and a surprisingly smooth finish, I can only imagine how it could improve.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 14, 2004
(750ml bottle) Pours a cloudy brown with a small bubbly white head. Aroma of caramel, citrus, toffee, butterscotch, soy sauce, brown sugar, and vanilla. Cognac-like qualities with hops and spices. Outstanding barley wine!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - NOV 13, 2004
2003. Murky brown color with no head. Sweet aroma of malt, molasses and dark fruits. Flavor was not as sweet as expected. Starts off slightly sweet, with the flavor of malt, molasses, figs and caramel. Then it dries quickly with a nice hoppy finish. Very enjoyable, to say the least. Have 2 more bottles and can’t wait to see how this one ages.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 13, 2004
I had the 2000 vintage of this and it was fantastic. The cork actually fell apart on the way out and the inital aroma as that of a nice red wine. The flavor was well balanced and really great. This was a wonderful beer and I am really glad that I had the opportunity to try it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 8, 2004
Vintage 2000. Drank October 30, 2004. Brown/Amber..Cloudy Coloring. No Head. Good Barley Aroma and Flavor. Good Standard for Barley Wines. Although a Tad on the Sweeter Side of Things... Wonderful Malts and Presence of Alcohol... Great one to Enjoy on Those Cold Nights.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
obisbeer (565) - Barcelona, SPAIN - NOV 6, 2004
Red brown w/little or no head. Fruit, carmel, mint and hops on teh nose. Med weight w/sweet mid palate and drying finish. Flavors of Cherry, mint, chocolate, yeast, burnt toast and some alcohol heat on the finish. Awesome beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ElGaucho (2189) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - NOV 5, 2004
RBMNG 10.03.04. Alas, my first Alesmith beer. And I picked a good one at that. 2000 vintage. Somewhat sour aroma. Smells Belgian. Despite 10% abv, alcohol is not overly prevelant in the nose. Beautiful amber color. Small, off-white head. Nice lace. Wonderful, high alcohol mouthfeel. Caramel notes. Refined for a barley wine. Outstanding.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
badgerben (4385) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 31, 2004
Bottled 2000 Vintage; Tasted October 30, 2004: Hazy mahogany color with no head. Sweet malt aroma. Very malty taste, but it was quite sugary. Not a syrup sweet like some other barley wines, but certainly sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - OCT 31, 2004
2000 bottle.Trade from cciuroga.looked like murky apple cider,fresh squeezed.Strong notes of caramel, toffee,fruits,malts and hops.I tell ya’,I was much more impressed with the complexity of the flavor of this then I was of the aroma.The body is thick and syrupy laden with the swetness of toffee and a chewy honey caramel candy I had called Bit’o’ Honey.But there an underlying bitterness from the hops that put the brakes on this getting blown out by sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Goblincat (381) - Westland, Michigan, USA - OCT 24, 2004
Pours a cloud deep red, thin tan head. The nose is full of berries, sweetness, flowers, and a touch of alcohol. Tastes of malt, hops, alcohol, honey hit at first, and then finish with a bitter hops bite.

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