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RATINGS: 1283   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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
martjoobolut (634) - 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 (623) - 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 (479) - 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 (1944) - 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 (1031) - 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 (2112) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gaultier (285) - SWEDEN - MAY 11, 2014
@Ölprovning på Havregatan. Flaska från craftbeer.se via Systembolaget. Arom: Karamell, sötma, humle, aprikos. Smak: Karamell, fruktig, hög sötma. Munkänslan är fyllig och krämig med en oljig konsistens. Avslutningen är alkolvärmande, något söt och har en tydlig beska.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jorn69 (895) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - MAY 10, 2014
@ Ölprovning på Havregatan. Flaska från Craftbeers Privatimport. Maltig, humlig och fruktig, hög sötma, karamell och grapefrukt, något spritig i smaken, medelfyllig till fyllig, oljig i konsistensen. Avslutningen är humlig och något söt, besk och en del alkohol. Välbalanserad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Muggus69 (1161) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - MAY 9, 2014
750mL capped Champagne bottle. Bottled 01/23/14 Beautiful colour about it - a deep, clear burnished copper with a small but persistent beige head. Really intense, complex aroma; burnt toffee, sweet biscuit, toasted nuts, woody American hops, dried grassy spice, undertones of Oloroso sherry & Sauternes, rich dessert wine dried fruits of apricot and sultana. Excellent weight, presents its own sense of balance between being cloying & acridly dry - perfect really. Low carbonation welcomed, very long on the palate. Body opens out with plenty of caramelised, honey malt sweetness with nutty, biscuity, toasty undertones. However, not to be outplayed, hops come through with a vengeance, not alluded to on the nose; freshly hewed pine, cooked citrus, tropical fruits, unripe melon, and a good measure of lingering grassy bitterness. Warming finish without being overtly evident. Top notch American barley wine; sets a high standard!

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