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RATINGS: 1276   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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Josebeer (30) - SPAIN - MAY 28, 2014
Barley wine, botella de 75 cl, aroma con notas a caramelo y frutas. Cerveza dulce, afrutada, compleja. Impresionante !!!1

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gendv138 (1046) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAY 25, 2014
750 ml bottle poured into a Belgian snifter. Blue foil with bottle date of 1/23/2014. Pours an amber/ruby color with a finger and a half of off-white head. Nice lacing. Aromas of caramel, toffee, dark fruit, toast, light citrus. Tastes of caramel, toffee, nutty, slight dark fruit, piney hops, resin, a little spicy kick. Medium body with a dry finish. Slick slightly syrupy mouthfeel, medium carbonation. Very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
4theluvofbeer (90) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 24, 2014
This is a GREAT barley wine....I love this beer. Sweet aroma...fruits, malts and toffee. Taste is fruits, malts, toffee and pine. Need to get more of this to way down for awhile. One of my highest rated beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
martjoobolut (596) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 23, 2014
0,75L bottle. Pours copper with off-white head. The head stays for a moment. Aroma is sweet, caramel, hops, some alcohol and sourness in the background. Taste is sweet, caramel, pine, fruits, and malt. Finish is pine bitter with some alcohol burn. Overall: I really liked this one. The high rating is fully deserved.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerFunGuy (616) - California, USA - MAY 19, 2014
This barley wine has a beautiful brown and amber color. It has a fruity caramel aroma. It has a rich malty flavor of smokey BBQ. It finishes with a nice pleasing after taste that lingers. Very very good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mgajdaczewa (457) - Katowice, POLAND - MAY 19, 2014
Wow! Aromat powala! Brzoskwinia, a dokładniej coś jak brzoskwiniowy mus tudzież dżem plus rześka chmielowość, cytrusy... Balans idealny! W smaku o dziwo nie jest słodkie, jest pełne, oblepiające, wyraźne musowanie, jest biszkopt, grejpfruty, brzoskwinia z aromatu również w silnym stężeniu. Finisz goryczkowy, długi, choć niezbyt intensywny, przyjemny. 11 procent ukryć się idealnie nie udało, ale who cares? Woltaż nie odbiera rozkoszy z picia. Genialne piwo!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
esp0r (1921) - NORWAY - MAY 18, 2014
Bottle shared with Simonsen
Copper hazy, big frothy beige head. Smell of caramel, dark fruitis, dark malts, hints of toast, fruity hops, zests, it’s all quite complex and enjoyable. Heavy sweet, fruity, alot of caramel, dark fruits, burnt caramel; alot of heavy components that are blended very well and ends up somehow balanced. Heavy bitter, alot of resins and citrus zests. All in all a fantastic barleywine. It’s so smooth and the texture is super silky; simply an exquisite beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kschep (1706) - DENMARK - MAY 16, 2014
Nose is cedar, decent alcohol, little blue cheese, some peach, feel is medium, taste is apricot, cake, red berries, later tobacco, wood notes

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
suurjuust (1001) - ESTONIA - MAY 14, 2014
Shared by martjoobolut, thanks! Hazy reddish orange, beige head. Nose is malt, vanilla, fruit, bread, dates, some piney hops, oak. Flavor is tons of caramel, oak, fruity tones, bread, hops, alcohol. Vinous, full moutheel, strong, but smooth. Very nicely balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lukaduke (2067) - Portland, Maine, USA - MAY 13, 2014
2011 vintage. Pours a copper brown with two finger of fizzy eggshell foam. Lots of biscuity malts, caramel, toffee, date fruit, hoppy pine presence and aggressive carbonation. More fruit and bitterness than I predicted from the nose.

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