Alesmith Old Numbskull - Rye Barrel Aged - AleSmith Brewing Company
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4.43/5 rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Poured into an Elysian snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown with low translucency and a thick light tan head that dissipates to a thin film. Classic barleywine aroma of intense caramel malt, dark fresh and dried fruit, vanilla and toffee with a light overtone of rye whisky, a hint of alcohol. Flavor follows aroma, dominated by caramel and caramel malt, honey, rye whisky, vanilla and tannin from the barrel. Finishes slightly boozy with more caramel, whisky and light hop bitterness. Medium bodied with light creaminess. An intensely flavored barleywine that skates on the edge of being too hot. Initially very mellow and well balanced, but finishing with more suggestion of the alcohol; with the strong rye flavor almost as if it has spirits in it. Flavor covers the 11% well, but this is still quite warming and a slow sipper. Old Numbskull is a fine barleywine and the period in the barrel has given more depth. Very high price point; I hope Alesmith thinks about putting these barrel aged versions in smaller bottles. A daunting task for less than a crowd to finish a 750 ml bottle. On the other hand, eases the trepidation of finishing fairly quickly….
Serving type: bottle
02-10-2014 04:29:37 | More by LiquidAmber
Alesmith Old Numbskull - Rye Barrel Aged from AleSmith Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.