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Alesmith Old Numbskull - Brandy Barrel Aged - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Alesmith Old Numbskull - Brandy Barrel Aged
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Reviews: 9
Hads: 71
Avg: 4.23
pDev: 24.59%
Wants: 9
Gots: 28 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Barleywine | 11.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Hotrod88 on 05-05-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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After just one year this has improved greatly. Intense caramelized brown sugar, toffee, sweet brandy, grape, and sharp concentrated vanilla. A lot of toasted oak as well. Flavor is strong but dry. A lot of vinous fruits, oak, and toffee/caramel.

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Appearance - Hazy and murky deep amber body. Medium off-white head. Chunky collar.

Smell - Slightly sweet brandy. Lots of oak and barrel character. A little oxidized. Light citrus and deep caramel.

Taste - Sweet caramel and brown sugar. Some brandy. Much more oak. A bit of hoppiness in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy and kinda boozy. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Nice. The barrel isn't quite what I'm looking for, but the base beer is excellent regardless.

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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.

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Alesmith Old Numbskull - Brandy Barrel Aged from AleSmith Brewing Company
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