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Alesmith Old Numbskull - Rye Barrel Aged - AleSmith Brewing Company

Alesmith Old Numbskull - Rye Barrel AgedAlesmith Old Numbskull - Rye Barrel Aged

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Ratings: 31
Reviews: 3
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 10.55%

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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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(Beer added by: socalbrewlvr on 10-08-2013)
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4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks to rawfish for this bottle, the last glass standing from an early wintertime trade. 750ML bomber split with my wife while assembling another losing fantasy baseball team.

The pour is just a melted caramel square as the regular version, with attendant low ebb of carbonation. Nose is aggressive bourbon, wood, toffee, caramel, with that stunningly beautiful jazz of spicy rye making the whole thing writhe in ecstasy. Oh, wait, maybe that's me.

Old Numbskull - Rye Barrel Aged is, woooo, there's some alcohol in this. Fresh slap of booziness reaches to the furthest toe hairs & makes them curl, just a bit. Beyond that is a carbon-copy of the nose (the old, messy, black-ink kind, not the email kind): caramel, toffee, tons of wood & rye bourbon/vanilla goodness. Really improves as it warms. Or perhaps that's just me losing my mental facultees. Warms the belly. A touch less flat than the regular BA, still, I could drink a whole bomber of this given a couple of hours. Gladly.

Doesn't quite reach the heights of the 'regular' barrel-aged version, but this is a damn fine beer. I can taste the rye whiskey in this brew more than perhaps any I've ever had, & I like it. Excellent. Head-numbing, but excellent.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2014 02:14:00 | More by maximum12
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District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

(2013 vintage. Big thanks to nanobrew for providing this. Tulip glass.

A: Pours a deep toffee color with a few cm of sand colored head which recedes quickly to a thick collar. The foam is dense and attractive looking. Very good retention but minimal lacing. Very good clarity.

S: Rich caramel, spice, and vanilla bean up front, along with toasty malt, dark fruit (blackcurrant, plum), and booze. The rye really comes through. The aroma really opens up as this warms a bit.

T: Rich caramel and vanilla, dried dark fruit, slight sweetness which dries out on the very lengthy, caramely finish. The aroma is a bit more complex than the taste.

M: Soft texture, with light carbonation and medium body.

O: Very tasty and highly drinkable given the style/ABV. My only minor complaint is that the barrel is a bit on the heavy side.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2014 01:12:26 | More by pmarlowe
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4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
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
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