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RATINGS: 1311   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.

Linnet's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Linnet (1154) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Marstonlad (468) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 17, 2014
Bottle at Kaisla, Helsinki. Pours reddish mahogany with a little head. The aroma is very intense; ripe fruits, fudge, nuts, caramel and toasty, sweet maltiness provide a rich mix. Taste is medium to heavy sweet, yet perfectly balanced as hoppy bitterness rises in the finish to a prominent level. Caramel, ripe fruits and toffee dominate but leave room for hoppier notes as well. The palate is full bodied, sticky and fairly flat. Great ale all in all.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hohops (353) - Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2014
Appearance is amber/ orangey, fairly opaque, a one finger beige bubbly head, leaves a bit of lacing. Aroma is malty, boozy, hint of chocolate malt, orange peel, fruity, biscuity, caramel, toffee, Christmas pudding hints, smells big. Taste- bitter fruits, orange peel, some raisin, hop resins, cinnamon and ’winter spice’, peppery, caramel, some honey, lengthy finish with plenty of booze at the end, but the alcohol is quite understated for 11%. Nicely carbonated, a bit oily in the mouth. An earthy nutiness emerges as it warms. Excellent stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
50belair (2488) - Florida, USA - DEC 14, 2014
Bottle. Clear light amber pour with an off white head. Hops and sweet caramel malt aromas. Just another hoppy barleywine. Good body and mouthfeel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wvhoran (365) - Tasmania, - DEC 4, 2014
Bottle shared with Bug, Poet, John and Sanj. Dark amber colour with no real head to speak of. Big toffee and caramel aroma with ripe fruit notes. Strong body with dense caramel flavour, fruits, alcohol. Not that complex but delicious.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BOSSbrewer (1968) - Arkansas, USA - NOV 23, 2014
On tap at their tasting room. Pours a dark Amber with one finger of creamy off white head. Aroma is hoppy. Flavor is some citrus grapefruit lots of sweet malt and caramel. Raisins. Very sweet. Nice beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
AndyW68 (1155) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 22, 2014
Hazy copper with white head. Aroma is medicine and sweet dark fruit. Taste is raisin and candied plum.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Thewade (328) - USA - NOV 13, 2014
Excellent barley wine. Sweet, but not overpowering. Well balanced and easy to drink. Top 3 barley wine for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
NikkTwist (1742) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2014
Draft at Khyber Pass. Hazy medium copper pour with a slight fizzy white head. Strong, heady, fruity Barleywine. Red fruits and berries. Plums and raspberries. Figs and kiwi. Dark sour cherries. Medium caramel. Raisins and pecans. ABV is not well hidden. Huge and numbing fuzzy brew. Unabashedly harsh!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arnold931 (623) - Iowa, USA - NOV 8, 2014
Bottle. Pours clear dark copper with off white head. Nose and taste is strong hops and grain. Dry aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gluepot (69) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 28, 2014
Golden amber hue with a soft off-white head with ample lacing. The nose features sweet berries, some caramel malt and a hint of alcohol. This barley wine is the real deal. A nice rich texture features a solid soft roasted malt backbone, caramel richness with rich berry sweetness, cherries, nuts and a slight booziness, balanced out by an orange tinged hoppiness. Is there a more balanced, complex and rich barley wine on the market? Mmmmmmmm.

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