1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Alesmith Old Numbskull - Brandy Barrel Aged - AleSmith Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Alesmith Old Numbskull - Brandy Barrel Aged
No picture uploaded.
Have one? Upload it now.
BA SCORE
91
outstanding

23 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 23
Reviews: 2
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.43%
Wants: 6
Gots: 20 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Hotrod88 on 05-05-2014)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 23 | Reviews: 2 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of northstar23
northstar23

Maryland

3.6/5  rDev -14.3%

08-20-2014 02:10:50 | More by northstar23
Photo of Holland
Holland

Illinois

4/5  rDev -4.8%

08-14-2014 13:12:11 | More by Holland
Photo of smakawhat
smakawhat

Maryland

3.98/5  rDev -5.2%

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass at the tasting. Vintage 2013. Big thanks to mancallede for the bottle! From notes.

Very faint chestnut body color, with a nice yellow edge and hue. Not much of a collar on this with an off white appearance.

Very nice mild grape aroma, but with a thicker almost roasty boozy heat strangely. Nice herbal sage notes a bit, and some classic sticky warm toffee to round out.

Palate really hits well but gets the brandy nicely. Mild toffee, with a fruit angle that goes towards red berries, and a cherry brandy quality. Light body but definitely with a good malt thickness to carry the palate and coat. Slightly silky also.

A real nice barleywine, but I usually prefer them a bit fresher, as this one seems to have much of its hop angle reduced by no surprise. A real good slow sipper too, if you can.

08-13-2014 00:55:27 | More by smakawhat
Photo of sourdog
sourdog

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

08-04-2014 04:33:04 | More by sourdog
Photo of pmarlowe
pmarlowe

District of Columbia

4.31/5  rDev +2.6%

2014 vintage. Tulip glass.

A: Pours a murky, deep amber color with two fingers of billowing, khaki head—thick and slow to recede, leaving some streaks and dots of lacing.

S: Caramel, and rich, toffee-like aroma supported by dark fruit (blackcurrant, plum), bright cherry, and vanilla/oak. Complex and well balanced, this evolves nicely as the glass warms to room temperature.

T: Again, rich caramel with a touch of red wine, tannins, blackcurrant, with a medium-length finish that shows off some of the oak. Moderate sweetness that imparts a dessert-like character, but not sweet enough to be cloying.

M: Soft, almost milk-like in its creaminess. Medium-light body and carbonation. Leaning towards the thinner side for a BA barleywine.

O: Very tasty, with the sometimes rough edges of fresh Old Numbskull (including the aggressive hoppyness) being mellowed out. The barrel treatment is light and adds some background complexity without quite reaching parity with the base beer (which may or may not be a good thing, depending on your preference). That being said, this is still a dessert beer that you’ll have trouble drinking more than 8oz of.

07-31-2014 01:24:43 | More by pmarlowe
Photo of yoitsarch
yoitsarch

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

07-29-2014 07:52:34 | More by yoitsarch
Photo of iL0VEbeer
iL0VEbeer

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

07-21-2014 20:58:47 | More by iL0VEbeer
Photo of jmkoller11
jmkoller11

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

07-21-2014 20:01:51 | More by jmkoller11
Photo of Rollzroyce21
Rollzroyce21

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

07-21-2014 13:25:45 | More by Rollzroyce21
Photo of _morandi_
_morandi_

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

07-14-2014 20:13:37 | More by _morandi_
Photo of warnerry
warnerry

Michigan

4/5  rDev -4.8%

07-12-2014 02:21:50 | More by warnerry
Photo of SadMachine
SadMachine

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

07-10-2014 04:14:45 | More by SadMachine
Photo of truthcontortion
truthcontortion

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

07-09-2014 13:43:36 | More by truthcontortion
Photo of Evan
Evan

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

07-06-2014 13:43:48 | More by Evan
Photo of chippo33
chippo33

Vermont

2.25/5  rDev -46.4%

07-02-2014 00:21:35 | More by chippo33
Photo of auroracrisis
auroracrisis

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

06-30-2014 23:16:58 | More by auroracrisis
Photo of Gonzoillini
Gonzoillini

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

06-28-2014 23:31:06 | More by Gonzoillini
Photo of HopHead84
HopHead84

California

4/5  rDev -4.8%

06-28-2014 06:23:06 | More by HopHead84
Photo of Moses_Malone
Moses_Malone

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

06-12-2014 02:45:22 | More by Moses_Malone
Photo of mancallede
mancallede

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

06-10-2014 13:07:10 | More by mancallede
Photo of pcarney8
pcarney8

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

06-08-2014 19:51:51 | More by pcarney8
Photo of MastaShonuf
MastaShonuf

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

06-01-2014 23:53:49 | More by MastaShonuf
Photo of BigBlueShep
BigBlueShep

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

05-20-2014 22:16:30 | More by BigBlueShep
Alesmith Old Numbskull - Brandy Barrel Aged from AleSmith Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.