AleSmith Old Numbskull - Barrel Aged - AleSmith Brewing Company
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Reviews by Floydster:
4.53/5 rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
750 ml bottle, 2005 vintage, #50/223, originally purchased from at the release for twenty dollars with a two bottle limit, 900th review, taken from notes, poured into my Dogfish Head snifter
A-Color was a mix between a murky medium brown and deep copper, very small 1/8 inch bubbly light tan head that went away immediately, no retention, not a spec of lacing
S-Huge bourbon smell, caramel, vanilla, cream, oak, deep rich malts, hint of citrus, dark fruits, candied sugar, milk chocolate, toasted coconut, and
T-Starts off with a huge bourbon taste, only had put this in the fridge for about twenty minutes so it was practically room temperature after the first few sips, lots of malt make up the middle while the finish is warm and full of whiskey, tasted sweet like a dessert but not in a bad way, the smoothness allowed this to go down easier, not as fruity as the non-barrel aged version, oak and vanilla become prominent later on, by the end there is a nice mix between caramel and booze which actually balance each other out somehow, enjoyable to drink
M-Creamy, boozy, sticky, sweet, and spicy mouthfeel, medium bodied, not much carbonation, taste lingers for quite some time, best thing about is the thick feel even thought he body is not full
D-Tried to drink the whole bottle by myself and made it through three quarters of it, ABV is high and got the best of me after a while, not heavy on the stomach though, smooth as can be, nice warming feel on a cold night
Last of the barrel aged Alesmiths I needed to try and while this was not better than the Speedway, it beat out the Wee Heavy, this barleywine has really mellowed out, I wish I would not have traded my only other bottle, this stuff will most likely improve even more with age, I look forward to next batch being released in the future, cannot wait to drink again, highly recommended
Serving type: bottle
10-08-2008 17:03:42 | More by Floydster
More User Reviews:
4.09/5 rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
750ml. I think this is a 2013 bottle.
A: Pours a monstrously thick mahogany with reddish hues and a small off-white head.
S: Aroma brings thick raisins, citrus pith, caramel, figs. Smells of sweet overripe dark fruit.
T: Taste brings more fig, mild tannic bourbon, orange peel and a bit of lingering leafy hoppiness, dense cooked sugar, molasses, maple.
M: Thick-bodied, very viscous, light carbonation.
O: This is a very good BA barleywine that retains some hoppiness and isn't very barrel-forward. Certainly a bruiser but more restrained than I was expecting.
Serving type: bottle
05-15-2014 01:26:08 | More by Etan
4.35/5 rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
750ml bottle, 2012 vintage. Poured into a brandy snifter, 5/2/2014. Updated the previous Hads which was from a beer fest.
A- Caramel brown body, neither light nor dark but certainly substantial and slick appearing. One finger off-white head, minimal retention, not much lacing.
S- Delicious caramel glaze, melted toffee mixed in with a shot of whiskey and a heaping dose of barrel-contributed vanilla and oak. Has a slight but distinct melted marshmallow character hiding behind the whiskey.
F- The whiskey seems to cover up the caramel and toffee malt beneath more than in the nose but this still has a very nice vanilla contribution. Caramel, nougat, toffee with the whiskey barrel contribution. Very good.
M- Medium body, good carbonation for the style which is to say on the lower side, but still plentiful to keep things interesting throughout the palate. Finish is a bit hot, but not too hot.
O- Very nicely done BA English Barleywine. Not anywhere near the best, but it's definitely better than the vast majority of the other BA English Barleywines out there.
Serving type: bottle
05-03-2014 03:53:20 | More by Stevedore
AleSmith Old Numbskull - Barrel Aged from AleSmith Brewing Company
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