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RATINGS: 1269   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Holmen2 (623) - NORWAY - MAR 24, 2014
Ruby amber with persistent off-white head. Sweetish aroma and taste of American hops and bittersweet orange marmelade. Some chocolate. Round and bitter mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tandembrauer (54) - Stavanger, NORWAY - MAR 24, 2014
Bottle at Cardinal, 2014/03/24. Bitter and sweet with some fruit and raisin. Well balanced. Nice reddish amber colour. Tastes "darker" than it looks.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
abemorsten (2591) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - MAR 24, 2014
Shared bottle at Cardinal. Pours a misty orange body with a creamy light brown head leaving good lacing. Malts, caramel and tropical fruits with pollen on the nose. Salty malty alcoholic potion with a mellow botterness. Full bodied and smooth.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ericular (555) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 19, 2014
The lack of carbonation and head on this works perfectly towards the appearance, which ends up looking like brandy in the glass. Aroma is complex with caramel, tart fruit, pine, floral, and grass. Taste is sweet at first, before getting more aggressively bitter. Very nice. One of the best barleywines I’ve had yet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tdoyledesign (167) - Michigan, USA - MAR 15, 2014
Pour from 22oz bomber. Pours a robust amber hue with a thick white head that really lasts. Aroma is stupendous! Lots of caramel, malt and molasses aroma. Taste is sweet and smooth. Caramel, soft roasted malts, sugar and a hint of hops. Palate is buttery and the mouthfeel is awesome. You can taste some of the ABV coming through, but not as bad as some barleywines can be. I usually have a love/hate relationship with barleywines, but this one is at or near the top. So well balanced!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beaver (1264) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 26, 2014
750 ml bottle. Pours clear ruby amber with a big creamy off white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is toasted toffee malt, some sugary fruit and strong alcohol.

The flavor is sweet toffee malts with some fruit and a harsh ashy alcohol finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, OK barleywine, but too much over the top alcohol.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nik925 (745) - California, USA - FEB 23, 2014
2010 bottle. Amazing aroma - and the taste is just as good. Very nicely done with fermenting this out, minimal syrup for a 11% barley wine. Sweetness is kept in check and well balanced with the hops. Striking dark cherry color when held to the light. I let this one sit, and forgot about it, well blowing by their age for up to 24 months guideline, but I think it worked out. Serious (though still super loose) sediment layer on the bottom of the bottle AlesSmith delivers, again!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Arayaga2 (1769) - portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 22, 2014
Red in color with an inch of poofy white head. Aroma of sweet toffee and fruitcake. Taste is the same, and rich, with strong bittering and mellow tangerines notes. $11/750

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HoppyBudgie (628) - SOLA, NORWAY - FEB 22, 2014
Red/brown with a large, fluffy, off white top. Aroma is toasty, caramel and fruits. Taste is hoppy, toasted, some spice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlackHaddock (3479) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2014
Another beer I managed to get my hands on and have a decent sized sample of during the Belgian Beer Board website Pre-Brugge Beer Festival bottle swap on 31st Jan 2014. Thank you whoever brought it. My second ever Alesmith, I hope to meet some more one day. Misty reddy brown with a light beige topping. Dark fruits and caramel hit the nose initially, then more subtle notes arrive: light citrus hints and yeast esters mingle with the stronger said fruits and caramel malty molasses. The taste is very similar to what your nose has told you: semi-sweet caramel, dark fruits with an underlying yeastiness with a citrus trace or two. Most enjoyable. Rich and deep body with the alcohol just about kept in check. Overall a very good brew and one I’d happily have again: maybe a bottle to myself next time.

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