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RATINGS: 1270   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlackHaddock (3480) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ferris (2943) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 19, 2014
Bottle - Vintage 2004 - Raisin, dark sugar and booze. Cloudy orange with a rich white head. Hop oil, raisin, brown sugar and booze. Nice and still potent after 10 years.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
edgallow (1863) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 16, 2014
750 ml bottle pours hazy brown with a off white head. Aroma of fruit, malts and toffee. Taste is sweet malts, toffee and sweet fruit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
boto (1826) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - FEB 14, 2014
750ml bottle: Didn’t realize I had this for so long. 2003 bottle drank in Feb 2014. This one pours a dark caramel color. There was about no head on mine, nor was there any lacing. The aroma is very nice. Faint citrus hops, along with some caramel malts. No sweetness to speak of. Possible some honey and raisins in there, as well as some toffee and biscuit. The taste is excellent. A slight sweetness, as well as a definite silky texture. Some caramel, raisin, toffee. There is a lot going on here. Actually a faint dryness to the finish. A wonderful offering.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Patjeadam (55) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 13, 2014
Amazing barley wine. It smells like a perfect barley wine, sweet but challenging. The first sip shows its bitter character, dancing with the malty sweetness. It leaves your mouth tingling. It is slightly boozy, but for 11 percent, remarkably easy as well. This is balance. Tastes: red fruits, flowers, pepper, sweet malts. ---Rated via Beer Buddy (iOs)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
corpsuckle (101) - Washington, USA - FEB 12, 2014
This is a pretty good barley wine. Really nothing outstanding about it and I'll probably never buy it again, but it was pretty good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
baraciisch (1675) - USA - FEB 11, 2014
Deep reddish mahogany brown in color... Aroma of light citrus hops, caramel malts, dark fruits... Flavor is citrus hops, caramel malts, thinnish body for a barleywine... Dry and hoppy finish... Interesting take on a barleywine, but prefer them maltier and richer ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
freiksenet (92) - - FEB 8, 2014
A: Dark amber, small head, yellowish. S: Lots of dark fruit, caramel malt. T: Liquorice, some sweetness, bitter roast, alcohol warmth. M: Very smooth. O: Very deep.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BRW (948) - Barcelona, SPAIN - FEB 8, 2014
Bottle. Copper colour with white head. Strong yeast aroma. Sweet, malt, caramel taste, with some fruitness. Full body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dermi (625) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 8, 2014
750 ml, bottled. Pours slightly cloudy red with nice beige head. Aroma: Lots of hops, pine, apples. Malty background. Chocolate. Balanced. Taste: Medium sweet, malty flavours. Minimal hints of acidity. Hops afterwards. Palate: Medium-full body, dry. Long hoppy aftertaste with malty background. Very nice.

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