Alesmith Old Numbskull - Brandy Barrel Aged - AleSmith Brewing Company
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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
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
Alesmith Old Numbskull - Brandy Barrel Aged from AleSmith Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.