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Bottle conditioned.
Old Numbskull is AleSmithís 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 itís 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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Thisis12ptfont (859) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - NOV 10, 2012
400th reviewed beer. Kanpai! (Japanese for cheers!) Big, fat hops greet the nose with a subtle caramel and oat malt behind it. Brownish tan appearance with a thick foam and beautiful lacing against the glass. Remarkably smooth texture with intensely complex flavors of oats, dough, butter, and earthy hops upfront falling into a genius melted caramel, anise, sage and massive alcohol filled finish. Overall, Old Numbskull is truly a magnificent undertaking boasting immense flavors and stupendous balance. Iíd give this an A+ rating.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BOSSbrewer (1937) - 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 (1145) - 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 (1708) - 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 (606) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Prufrockstar (1089) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 25, 2014
Bottle, thanks to Eric. Beautiful clear amber pour with egg white head, splotchy lacing. Caramel, toffee, spicy hops on the nose. Sweet caramel and toffee start with an assertive (but well balanced) bitterness in the finish. Lasting caramel syrup finish. Alcohol noticeable. Palate: full body, sticky texture, average carbonation. Overall: Iím coming to appreciate this more and more -- like, it could easily hold up as the prototype for an American barleywine. Sort of odd how time works -- 2 years ago if this was my first barleywine it would blow my mind. 10 years ago (I imagine) even if Iíd had a hundred barleywines I expect it would still blow my mind. But now everybody has has a chance to catch up with it -- totally a classic barleywine that is partly responsible for all the great American barleywines that have grown up emulating it, but in a blind tasting I imagine I would say "perfect example of barleywine; doesnít stretch boundaries or push the envelope; safe." Itís all wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Blairgus (2682) - California, USA - OCT 25, 2014
25 oct 2014, tap at Ale Smith. Dark orange/Amber. Nose is resin hops. Ned body and mildly fizzy. Train hops, red fruit, mildly lingering bitterness. Pretty good. Rich, alcohol, yet bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brentv (383) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 18, 2014
On tap at Orenco Taphouse. Hazy dark brown pour with good head and lots of lacing. Aroma of raisins and plums and dark fruits with caramel and toasted malts. Same taste, some sweetness, little hops. Medium mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AdiBeer (1425) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 17, 2014
Aroma: alcohol, prunes, caramel and bread malts. Appearance: clear, dark brown, small, creamy, beige head. Taste: heavy sweet. Palate: heavy grain, prunes, overripe fruit, alcohol again. Overall: nice Barley Wine, great complexity in aroma and palate. Pint at AleSmith Brewing Company, San Diego.

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