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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.

brettpace's rating

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
brettpace (176) - New York City, New York, USA - OCT 17, 2007
This was flat out delicious. Probalby one of the best beers on the market. By far my favorite barley wine, hoppy, malty, strong, perfect blend.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
flip_soeperman (650) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 31, 2015
One year old bottle. Really nice malty sweet viscous beer, with some bitterness as contrast. Some hop aroma, but mostly plum honey ready aromas. Really good beer Barley Wine. I am curious when it is younger, with a more pronounced hop aroma, I can imagine that being a fantastic American Barley Wine.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IvoR (78) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 21, 2015
Bottle. Pours mahogany color with a white head. Aroma and flavor of surprisingly hoppy. Has a nice and balanced taste of caramel, sweetness and hoppiness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mR_fr0g (4186) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2015
Keg at Brewdog Shep’s Bush. Aroma is rounded sweet toffee, light berry, strawberry, caramel. Clear bright Reddy brown coloured pour with a steadfast creamy thin head. Flavour is composed of of sweet caramel and toffee, Berry, light brown sugars. Palate is sweet, velvety, moderate smooth carbonation. Really tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Steasy66 (1008) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 16, 2015
2000 bottle. Pretty much gone at this point. Cardboardy. Will review fresher bottle. 2011 bottle. Pretty tasty barleywine. Some toffee, a lot of hops. Nice beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thegreek314 (4) - - JAN 16, 2015 does not count
The appearance is this beautiful oak red. The aroma is bourbon/cherry. The taste right off the back is bourbon & vanilla with a pleasant bitter finish. It is a little boozy but is pleasant. Overall very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
evergreen0199 (2174) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 13, 2015
Keg at Brewdog, Shepherd’s Bush, London. A mahogany/amber coloured pour with a medium off white head on top. Rich, sweet, hoppy, caramel aroma. Tastes rich, slightly sweet, caramel, malty, dark fruit. An excellent barley wine from Alesmith Brewing Company.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
morri (224) - NORWAY - JAN 10, 2015
750 ml bottle from Vinmonopolet Vika. Tiny tan head. Muddy reddish light brown body. Aroma is toffee, booze, dark fruits and liquorice. Hoppy on the tongue at first, then sweet. Warming and soothing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcogrind (70) - Milano, ITALY - JAN 9, 2015
Very nice copper red barleywine, complex from the nose to the taste, with caramel, dried and dark fruits, hops, dark malts. Ending burnt and bitter.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
monk191 (1128) - California, USA - JAN 4, 2015
A nice barleywine overall. Pours a mostly clear orange with a white head. Smells slightly of cherry and floral notes. Taste starts off a bit hoppy, but then becomes sweeter with some caramel and vanilla notes. A bit of bitterness in the aftertaste. Had on tap at Mikkeller Bar. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bookman10 (684) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - JAN 4, 2015
Bottle was a gusher on first opening--lost a good third to my kitchen counter. What was left poured a dark, reddish-brown, with big, thick, dirty white head. Aroma of licorice, booze, dark fruit. Flavor had the licorice/anise from the aroma, along with: booze, raisin, bread, malt, some hops, and more booze. This is a pretty good example of a barley wine, which isn’t one of my favorite styles (but checking off the Ale Smith offerings).

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