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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.

Linnet's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Linnet (1102) - Karlstad, - DEC 15, 2012
Ar: fruity hops, grapefruit, resin, big malt prescence, jam, toffe, caramel, dried prunes, raisins, alcohol. Ap: amber/copper colour, medium beige head, lacing. F: big bite, lots of hops, grapefruit, resin, thick malt backbone, caramel, toffee, raisins, honey, warming finish, long lingering bitterness. M: medium carbonation and mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fletchfighters (1077) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 7, 2014
750 ML bottle Dark amber pour, off tan head. Good body to head and great lacing to this. Nose is sticky sweet strawberry, caramel, dark fruits with some hop bitterness. Subtle booze. Dark fruit jam with pine, grapefruit, and caramel taste. Low carbonation and full, yet sticky body. Not many straight barleywines are better than this. Sublime with age.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jsnicholas (134) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - SEP 5, 2014
Bottle (750ml $12): About 6 months old. Pours brownish amber with large tan head that sticks around a while. Smells sweet, Carmel. Tastes sweet with alcohol warming. Pretty fill body. Quite a nice brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
swoopjones (5887) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 31, 2014
750ml, caramel colored pour, fuller bodied. rich toffee & caramel notes. bottle was a few years old so bitterness has subsided a tad. very well made BW

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tfredvik (1118) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 30, 2014
Hazy medium amber body with a small but very long-lived beige head that leaves a good amount of lacing on my tasting glass. The aroma is sweet and strong with lovely notes of caramel, dark dried fruits, brown sugar, vanilla and pungent brie. Strong flavour of caramel, grain, dark dried fruits, hints of pine and delicious DIPA-like notes of overripe tropical fruits. Quite heavy sweet taste that is kept in check by a heavy bitterness in the long-lasting finish. Superb mouthfeel, it’s full, syrupy, oily and with a fitting soft carbonation. Close to perfect!
[75 cl bottle, 2013 edition, shared at home with Svensenga Smak & Behag, enjoyed 17 months after bottling, from Vinmonopolet Vika, Oslo]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Foffern (1214) - Bodř, NORWAY - AUG 25, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours a hazy dark orange to red colour with a medium, dark beige and creamy head. Aroma of grassy hops, pine grapefruit, caramel, oak, leather and some alcohol and wild berries. Has a nice and sweet flavour with tones of caramel, brown sugar spiced with nice hoppy tones. Rich and slick mouth feel, and has a medium bitterness. A solid american BW with a good balance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rand (1290) - SWITZERLAND - AUG 17, 2014
Bottle from erzbierschof.ch. Muddy brown amber with a short head. Powerful aromas of malt, fruity, toffy and alcohol. The mouth is also powerful, a little heavy, full and rich with flavors of caramel, roasted, biscuit, jammy fruits and a bitterness that is growing. Liquory and warm beer with a long finale, notes of alcohol and a bitter well present.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Swaroga (1340) - Brussels, BELGIUM - AUG 15, 2014
Butelka 75cl. OCZY : piwo jest przejrzyste o ślicznym kolorze z odcieniami brązu i czerwieni. Piana jest średniej wielkości i ma kolor kości słoniowej. NOS : zapach jest świetny ale tak intensywny, że aż zatyka. Bogate aromaty przypominają palony karmel, wiśnie, tarte, skórkę i miąższ pomarańcza, cynamon, stare porto, wanilia, winogrona Muskat, lody malaga... . USTA : piwo jest gęste o konsystencji tłustego mleka o wyczuwalnym i trwałym ale małym nasyceniu. Piwo jest słodkie i każdy jego łyk rozgrzewa alkoholem. Nuty słodowe przypominają palony karmel i nasączony alkoholem spod do tortu. Do tego skórkę pomarańczy, kandyzowana wiśnia maraschino i lody malaga. Popijemy to bardzo starym porto i mamy mniej więcej to uczucie, które towarzyszy każdemu łykowi. Na końcu piwo piecze i zostawia posmak goryczkowych ziół i słodkiego alkoholu. ODCZUCIA : bez zaskoczenia jest to świetne wino jęczmienne. Coś w rodzaju referencji w tym stylu. Teraz jestem bardzo ciekawy jak smakuje leżakowana w dębowych beczkach wersja tego piwa bo musi pasować jak ulał. OCENA : smak : 9/10 pijalność : 5/10 styl : +2

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
haukur (1305) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - AUG 12, 2014
bready aroma, some hints of citrus. Coppar with a nice head, loads of lacing. Very delicate on the tongue, complex. Good barleywine

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ComradeK (1022) - The Vale of Dundas, AUSTRALIA - AUG 11, 2014
650ml bottle. Pours a clear copper ruby, with a large off-white head, which lasts very well and leaves good lacing. Toast, hazelnut, stewed fruits and honey are present in the aroma, along with an undercurrent of alcohol sweetness. Slight initial candied fruit notes are overcome by quite strong fruit and spice hops. These fade nicely into woody honey and hazelnut in the mid-palate, with a touch of hard toffee and stewed fruits in the finish. A very enjoyable barley wine, with plenty of class.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
fluffy (1664) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - AUG 7, 2014
another overly hopped beer in a style that doesnt need to be. better barleys out there.

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