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RATINGS: 1345   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.


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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nephilium (1445) - Ohio, USA - MAY 13, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2007 Starts with a standard barleywine aroma, sweet, with hints of fruit. I also noticed a hint of tannin lurking behind the sugary aroma. The beer itself is beautiful, it pours a dark amber so cloudy that you cannot see through it, with about a nice tight white head that leaves amazing lacing. Nice thick mouthfeel to it, with hints of sugar and dried fruits, with a long finish. The alcohol is hidden, but it can still be noticed. Overall, a really good Barleywine that I’m hoping to be able to snag a couple more bottles to cellar.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cybercat (3679) - Georgia, USA - MAR 3, 2015
Pours hazy mahogany with pale buff head. aroma has strong woody and fruity notes. Flavor has woody, caramel and malty notes plus a snip of caramel. Texture has average viscosity but good fizz,leaving a woody finish.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
willisread (200) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 3, 2015
Draft at 2014 Yokohama Beer Fest. Bourbon-ish orange color with a thin, off-white head. Dried fruit, currant, fig with hints of toffee, caramel and praline all on the nose. Tastes more of the same with cinnamon, cardamom, pepper and ginger coming out as it warms up to room temperature. Slightly sweet on the palate at first, then the spices kick in and some bitterness creeps up on the finish. Still a smooth finish however. Solid barley wine.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tstamba (379) - Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2015
Bomber to a snifter at home. The freezing rain is keeping me inside on the first day of March... A copper amber color with one finger khaki head and speckled lacing. Toast, sweet toffee, floral notes and some earthy qualities. Complex flavors, well balanced and hides the ABV... Delicious! Halfway through the second glass and my skull is in fact numb ...��

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbruner (2715) - Athens, Georgia, USA - FEB 28, 2015
Pours a clear copper from the bottle with thin bubbly off-white head that leaves moderate lace. Aroma of big caramel malt and vanilla overt dark fruit and earthiness. Taste is nice bitter sweet caramel and toffee. Nice stuff, boozy but not too intense.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mathieuc (1663) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 28, 2015
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2015 Pours a clear copper with a small creamy head that leaves nice lacing. Nose is of caramel, hops and alcohol. American in nature but not abrasive like some of then american barleywines can be. Taste if caramel and toffee with a moderately high bitterness that doesn’t linger for too long. Some dried leaves, tobacco. Alcohol is pretty well hidden for such a big brew. It still dries the mouth and warms a little, though. Body is medium and so is carbonation. A nice one overall, be sure to split that bottle though.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fkoolen (419) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - FEB 27, 2015
75cl bottle at home. Pours a nice clear amber colour, beige foamy head that didn’t last long. Toffee sweet and tropical fruity hoppy nose. Taste is really complex with toffee and caramel malty sweetness, roasted malty tones too with coffee and chocolate, rich fruity tones with cherries, raspberries, plums and raisins, champagne notes, nice hoppy bitterness, enjoyable bourbon boozy alcoholic warmth. Lingering sweet, boozy and quite bitter finish. Medium carbonation, firm body, oily almost sticky mouthfeel. Big flavours but well balanced.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fraternie (857) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2015
Floral hop aromas. Soft, creamy mouthfeel of caramel and toffee malt shows tons of floral nuances, dried apricot, honey and banana underneath, and a fresh hoppy backbone. Long finish. Floral style defines it. Weightless texture throughout.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
connor0415 (12) - - FEB 24, 2015
bottled 5-27-14 drank 2-24-15 APPEARANCE- redish amber color, vigorously poured into a snifter yeilds 1 in of thick khaki head. good lacing stays as head dissipates SMELL- balance of malty sweetness and bitter earthy hops. toffee scent dominates TASTE- at first sip the hops have a bit more sway, but as the beer warms to proper temperature the sweetness prevails. as it hits the tongue you get a lot of toffee like sweetness and a bit of breadiness, when swollowing the hops hit slightly. ABV is masked well MOUTHFEEL- thick and slightly oily, a tad bit more carbonation than expected still very slight OVERALL- great american style barleywine, being that its a west coast beer you expect a good bit of hoppy bitterness but the malt flavor is great. Ive got one cellaring and cant wait to see how it tastes with a little bit of age

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
RickReallyBrew (43) - Franktown, Colorado, USA - FEB 22, 2015
Why am I not surprised that this amazing Barleywine is from the West Coast? So many of the beers I’ve loved lately are from CA or OR. This is a delicious after dinner brew, but would go nicely after work, before dinner or after lunch. If enjoyed while shoveling snow, there is no telling how much work could be done. This high Gravity, brew goes good in my tummy and I needed a boost to get through a late Feb CO Rockies snowstorm! Life is good. Proof that God Loves Us. Apologies to Ben Franklin.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sir__v (824) - Lille, FRANCE - FEB 14, 2015
On tap @ Fat Angel, San Francisco - CA. Color: dark brown beer with small carbonation and small white foam. Smell: caramel, malt, toffee. Extreme sweet flavour of caramel. Taste: oily sensation on mouth. Nice caramel and good strong vanilla aroma. Taste of alcohol. Aftertaste: nice caramel and alcohol taste.


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