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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 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.

   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!

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - JUL 24, 2005
’04 bottle opened in celebration of the new homestead in Hood River, aka "The Hood". Deep amber colored with an uneven whitish head. Great lacing. Aroma is a bit musty with leather and stale tobacco notes. I missed out on the exotic fruit notes. Nicely malty, medium bodied and carbonated nicely. Ample hop bitterness remains to balance out the malt bill. Quite nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fordest (2014) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - JUL 21, 2005
750 ml bottle. Pours hazy copper with no lasting head to speak of. Aromas of dark fruits, cherry, currant, pear, and caramel. The alcohol heat hits first in the flavor with some hops in the middle and a clean malty finish. Very Very yummy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SDalkoholic (2199) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JUL 19, 2005
An amber orange hue with a cloudy appearance of dust seen through out the glass. Small layer of sand colored head but it breaks up pretty quick leaving the beer naked. I could smell the aroma from a good distance away as soon as i opened it. It has that strong floral hop and grapefruit essence to it, which i love . Flavor is a bit enticing and carries a sweet malt tone added with the same hop profile I detected in the aroma. I’m not exactly sure what year this is from 2003 or mid 2004? though, I feel a fresh bottle of this from the current year would blow me away with flavor, and thats exactly how i prefer my barleywines. I admit age does beers like this justice but then again it alters other benefits in exchange. I didn’t notice as much characterisitcs as i had expected such as a sticky palate texture or extreme bitterness. It’s just not the same as what i could imagine it tasting new from a fresh batch. All in all, this is a damn good beer and must be experienced by anyone who loves good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 18, 2005
On tap at brewery. Pours dark orange to brown with off-white head. Aromas of dark fruits, heavy malt, and piney hops. Flavor tends towards the hops, and not as complex as expected. Still very good, but I think I would prefer it aged another year or two.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - JUL 18, 2005
2005 RBSG - Vineous, fruity, sweet aroma. Kind of strong alcohol presence. Not at all smooth. Some sweetness, some roasty malt flavors. I wrote heavy alcohol as the last 2 words. Needs some time to mellow.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 17, 2005
RBSG2005. Couleur cuivrée allant vers l’orangée, moyenne quantité de mousse se renouvellant à souhait. Oranges amères, pamplemousses et résines de houblon faisant allusion aux conifères. Grosse base maltée, malt biscuit, pain au chocolat, caramel et quelques notes de café. Texture pleinement résineuse, corps d’épaisseur moyenne semblant bien atténué, carbonatation douce et bien active. Finale amère, résineuse et quelque peu alcoolique.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 16, 2005
bottle. 2003 vintage. copper-orange body with some yeast floaties. aroma is yeasty, with mild cheese notes, and very faint hop notes. I really like this. flavour is sweet and alcoholic with a fairly large yeast component. some bready notes. alcohol appears in the background but is most enjoyable. tasty.

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