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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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmzl (82) - SLOVENIA - APR 30, 2014

Look: Pours with huge, thick, creamy (bit of big bubbles), yellow (light mocha) head. Good, slow retention, some random sticky lacing left on the way down. Leaves a very thick, mountainy, creamy top layer. Clear, deep amber.

Smell: Oak the most dominant, bourbon. Malt driven center with molasses and caramel, medium intensity. Lightly hop driven freshness, mostly pine. Also very light alcohol notes, they get up when it warms up. Sugary and a bit salty.

Taste: Medium-light honey, molasses start, that goes to medium sweet caramel, molasses middle and finishes with light pine bitterness with medium molasses, honey sweetness with a bit of oak. Oak and bourbon still stand strong. Lots of bitter honey sweetness stays on the lips. Nothing spikes out, everything in line - superb balance.

Mouthfeel: Full body, syrupy, bit of alcohol warming.

Overall: Expected it to be a lot sluttier, but everything stays in good taste. Mostly amber malt and barrel driven, but the hop character is very welcome and lifts this one to a superb level.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
vlan1 (191) - Eastern Shore, Maryland, USA - APR 27, 2014
Pours a hazy light brown color. Nose is toffee and faint pine resin. Flavor profile is predominately smooth toffee and light pine note on the finish. perfectly balanced. The mouthfeel is incredibley smooth. Fantastic stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Slipstream (2004) - USA - APR 27, 2014
It is about time I got to this classic. Cool bottle, and a dark amber pour with a light, foamy head. The aroma is very nice, with some esters, a dash of yeast, fresh bread, dark fruit, and peach. It is super hoppy for a barley wine, and the high ABV is well masked. It is a little heavy on the tastebuds, with yeast, bitter hops, tobacco, lime, brandy, and stone fruits. A fine brew, but a little overrated imo.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
NatKadaw (95) - Alberta, CANADA - APR 26, 2014
Smells like a double ipa. Not asked particularly long. Taste is quite balanced with caramel slightly overpowered by hop bitterness. Smooth and full bodied. No harshness. Very good

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Simonsen (640) - NORWAY - APR 19, 2014
Flaske delt med esp0r. Uklar, karamellfarget, lite karbonert. Hvit skumrand. Smaker karamell,brunt sukker, alkohol, humle, rosiner, rom. Virkelig en tungvekter dette her.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
AR (1000) - Georgia, USA - APR 18, 2014
1000 ratings and this one is hard to put a handle on. Strong smell of gasoline, alcohol, and red wine. The beer is very smooth, considering it has a wealth of flavor. Grapes, wine, a bit of tart cherries, some caramel, a hint of raisin, and some breads. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stuedmaster (207) - Vista, California, USA - APR 12, 2014
750 ml bottled on 1-23-14. Aroma of caramel, sweet malt, vanilla, brown sugar, toffee, lemon rind, pine needles, floral, booze, and grass. The pour is dark reddish amber with a small head that leaves lacing. Taste is well balanced, heavy candy sweetness is offset by the generous hop influence of citrus (grapefruit and lemon) and pine. The contrast is almost a bit overwhelming. High ethanol presence. Too much like a jacked up American barley wine and not enough refinement. You have to be in the right mood for this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gurthnar (1629) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - APR 7, 2014
Bottle from Csak a Jó Sör. Aroma is in line with typical American barley wine. Intensely hoppy, citrusy, zesty, resiny. Complemented by caramel backbone. A bit of earthy dirt. Lightly hazy amber to red colour. Taste is again mostly hoppy. However it could use a bit more refinement, rounding the edges. Is earthy, grassy, some vegetal matter. Strong caramel, which paradoxically appears mid-way. Good, but not the top league.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexsdad06 (5360) - Ohio, USA - APR 6, 2014
750 ml bottle at home. Pours a clear, mahogany color with a small, creamy off-white head. The aroma and flavor have ample caramel and toffee, brown sugar, ripe fruity character, a splash of resin, touches of toast, some mild earthy hop character although this is malt dominant, medium bodied. This is great fresh or with age. One of the best that is readily available.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kbudd19 (571) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - APR 5, 2014
Old bottle with the 2004 onward design, light orange amber pour, white head, lots of little floaties in the glass. Aroma, still quite hoppy, brown sugar, lots of malts. Taste, thick mouthfeel, hoppy up front but it drops off quick (which might be due to the age), big malty finish, with zero hint from the ABV. Another stellar beer from these guys.

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