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RATINGS: 1286   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gurthnar (1658) - 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 (5370) - 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 (577) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vignale (2038) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 31, 2014
Flaska från Brill. Drucken med ölföreningen. Smak och doft av ljunghonung, vanilj, läder, söt tobak, russin, plommon, mogna äpplen, bourbon, grand marnier. Fruktig, rund och oljig med en markerad beska. Mycket gott.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lilja (1585) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 31, 2014
Med ölföreningen 2014. Smak och doft av honung, vanilj, läder, tobak, russin och plommon. Fruktig, rund och oljig med tyldig, lite stickig beska. Mycket gott.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
John25 (470) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - MAR 28, 2014
Bottle from exactly a year ago 3/28/13. Copper amber color. Aroma of toffee, caramel, roasted barley, a hint of booze, and dark fruit. The taste follows suit and adds a spicy hop bite, sweet malts, and dark fruit. The mouthfeel is perfect with a balanced booze element. Wow!! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Holmen1 (2408) - Stavanger, NORWAY - MAR 27, 2014
Kvelden topper seg her på Cardinal med denne, kveldens nest siste (mars-14): so sweet, so fulfilling, so nice. Nydelig aroma og stor smaksfylde. En bauta og markør i barleywine-stilen.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Holmen2 (866) - 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 (97) - 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 (2746) - 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.

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