Alesmith Old Numbskull - Rye Barrel Aged - AleSmith Brewing Company
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4.41/5 rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
750 ml capped bottle poured into a snifter.
11% ABV, Bottled on 09/10/13
A - Rustic and muddy copper in color, this barrel-aged 11% brew pours with a fleeting ivory foam that fizzles out to a loose cap of foam.
S - Boozy rye whiskey with nice sharp notes of spicy rye that wonderfully compliment the robust, bready malt base. Whiskey balls dipped in caramel dissolve in the nose with a finish of earthy, lightly pine-kissed hops.
T - Incredibly smooth barrel aging brings mellow rye spice to the rich malt base with lightly whiskey-dipped marble rye bread drizzled with caramel.
M - Barrel-aged Old Numbskull brings a really nice smoothness to the palate that, despite the beer's really malty body, finishes dry and slightly thin from the high alcohol.
O - This barrel-aged Old Numbskull is pretty nice; the aroma is bold, the flavor and body are smooth. The barrel-aging is complimentary to the base beer which brings everything together wonderfully.
Serving type: bottle
05-03-2014 00:45:57 | More by BeerFMAndy
4.43/5 rDev +2.3%
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
4.38/5 rDev +1.2%
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
Alesmith Old Numbskull - Rye Barrel Aged from AleSmith Brewing Company
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