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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.


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4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
superspak (2416) - Michigan, USA - JUN 8, 2013
750 ml bottle into snifter; no bottle dating, but was purchased in late 2011. Pours hazy deep ruby red color with a small dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lasts. Light soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big caramel, raisin, apple, orange zest, floral, brown sugar, pine, molasses, toast, orange rind, brown bread, and floral earthiness. Damn nice aromas good balance and complexity of dark malt and fruity/earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big caramel, toffee, orange zest, apple, toast, floral, pine, orange rind, brown sugar, brown bread, chocolate, light roast, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, orange zest, orange rind, light fruits, toast, light chocolate, brown bread, brown sugar, floral, pine, light roast, and floral earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic balance and complexity of deep malt and hop flavors; with a nice bitterness/sweetness balance, and hardly any cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and very full bodied with a creamy, slick, and fairly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic well aged barleywine. Fantastic complexity and balance of deep malt and hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Torrefacto (501) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUL 11, 2014
Color caoba con espuma color marfil. Aromas de anís, hinojo, flores y ligero caramelo. Cuerpo denso con inicio dulce de anís, algo de caramelo y final muy seco. Muy rica.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maxwelldeux (3452) - Everett, Washington, USA - JUN 22, 2014
Bottle at a barley wine tasting. Pours a clear dark amber color. Nose has a lot of caramel coming off it and seems velvety smooth. Taste is similar, with some sweet caramel notes to it. Quite tasty and a great way to finish up the night.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
antonstoop (166) - - JUN 13, 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. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Garlic_of_Doom (394) - SWEDEN - MAY 30, 2014
Bottle, 2013 vintage. Hazy amber with a small beige head. Aroma has cookie dough, fudge/toffee/caramel and figs. Taste has cookie dough, vanilla, raisins, peppery notes, slight bourbon notes, well balanced bitterness. Medium body, soft carbonation. Short after taste.
Not convinced with Alesmith yet,

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Josebeer (26) - SPAIN - MAY 28, 2014
Barley wine, botella de 75 cl, aroma con notas a caramelo y frutas. Cerveza dulce, afrutada, compleja. Impresionante !!!1

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gendv138 (995) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAY 25, 2014
750 ml bottle poured into a Belgian snifter. Blue foil with bottle date of 1/23/2014. Pours an amber/ruby color with a finger and a half of off-white head. Nice lacing. Aromas of caramel, toffee, dark fruit, toast, light citrus. Tastes of caramel, toffee, nutty, slight dark fruit, piney hops, resin, a little spicy kick. Medium body with a dry finish. Slick slightly syrupy mouthfeel, medium carbonation. Very nice.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
4theluvofbeer (86) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 24, 2014
This is a GREAT barley wine....I love this beer. Sweet aroma...fruits, malts and toffee. Taste is fruits, malts, toffee and pine. Need to get more of this to way down for awhile. One of my highest rated beer.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
martjoobolut (555) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerFunGuy (607) - 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

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mgajdaczewa (427) - 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!


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