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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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fonefan (34188) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUN 7, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2009 Bottle 75cl.
[ Courtesy of henrikb ]. Clear medium red amber color with a average to large, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to light heavy malty, roasted, caramel, cacao, moderate to light heavy hoppy, grapefruit, orange, vanilla notes. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20090116]
8-4-8-3-15
Bottle 75cl. @ Weekend of Tarts After Tasting
Clear medium red amber color with a average to large, frothy to creamy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, fruity - berry, moderate to light heavy hoppy, grapefruit, orange, moderate yeasty. Flavor is light heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration. Body is medium to full, texture is oily - creamy, carbonation is soft. [20090530]
8-4-8-4-18

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yespr (30631) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 6, 2008
From tap at the brewery. Pours clear and golden orange to brown with a lacing off-white head. Caramel and and hoppy and dense hoppy aroma. Flavour is smooth and dense hoppy and medium sweet caramel malty flavour. Fruity hops and mild spiced finish. Lovely.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (29018) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - OCT 7, 2004
An unclear dark amber beer with no head. The aroma is very hoppy, sweet, and malty. The flavor is very sweet and very hoppy = very simple, and with alcohol burning the tongue. For me, this is too simple.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Papsoe (25090) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 14, 2007
(Bottle 75 cl) Pours a hazy, amber golden with a small, off-white head. Aroma of sweet caramel and overripe fruit. Extremely full-bodied with fat accents of burned caramel, sweetish overripe fruit and a bitter finish. 030407

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joergen (20486) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 20, 2008
Bottle at GABF 2008. Clear golden coloured with a meidum sized off white head. Sweet and fruity aroma of caramel, cookies and dried fruits. Sweet and fruity flavour of caramel, dried fruits, cookies, hops and pine needles with notes of alcohol. Hoppy and warming alcoholic finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
oh6gdx (20216) - Vasa, FINLAND - FEB 26, 2011
Bottled (thanks to whoever sent this to me, someone in the us... drewbeerme or jjpm74 afair...). Reddish amber colour, mediumsized beige head. Aroma is raisins, toffee, some mild hoppyness along with some earth and some stuff. Flavour is toffee, caramel, some mild alcohol, pleasant "old dead hops".

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
omhper (19187) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JAN 30, 2002
Red-brown. Relatively light bodied and drinkable for a barley wine, big aromatic hop bitterness. A beer to love in a beautiful bottle!

4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
anders37 (16245) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 10, 2009
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty hoppy dark fruit aroma with some hints of caramel. Sweetish malty dark fruit and caramel flavor with aome nice hoppy hints. Has a malty hoppy bitter finish with a long dark fruit and caramel aftertaste. Very nice!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (14294) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 27, 2009
Courtesy of Dennis Law
Amber color. Sweetish malt and caramel aroma, mature. Strong body, sweet caramel and malt flavor, somehow the alcohol is too much present; it has a nutty side; strong bitterness, resiny. Fairly good American Barley Wine, but I was expecting more.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (14285) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 21, 2009
3rd September 2008. Cloudy brown beer. Full on Barleywine. Malty salty start followed by a breif sweet note and then a hoppy finish. Also has an accompanying bready tone. Complex and moorish.


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