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Bottle conditioned.
Old Numbskull is AleSmithís 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 itís 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.


Jonathan3584's rating

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 28, 2005
A paler pour than expected for a barleywine. Deep golden color. Aroma is lightly hoppy with a sweet, caramel maltiness to it. Flavor is wonderfully well developed malt. There is a strong sweetness from residual sugars, but it is well balanced by a slight but sharp hop edge. This is not a hop-monster barleywine like Old Ho or Bigfoot, but still exceptional. Alesmith wins again.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maxwelldeux (3450) - 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 (24) - 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 (973) - 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 (542) - 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 (596) - 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 (423) - 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 růwnież 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!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
esp0r (1890) - NORWAY - MAY 18, 2014
Bottle shared with Simonsen
Copper hazy, big frothy beige head. Smell of caramel, dark fruitis, dark malts, hints of toast, fruity hops, zests, itís all quite complex and enjoyable. Heavy sweet, fruity, alot of caramel, dark fruits, burnt caramel; alot of heavy components that are blended very well and ends up somehow balanced. Heavy bitter, alot of resins and citrus zests. All in all a fantastic barleywine. Itís so smooth and the texture is super silky; simply an exquisite beer


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