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AleSmith Old Numbskull - Barrel Aged - AleSmith Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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333 Ratings
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Ratings: 333
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 8.12%
Wants: 376
Gots: 98 | FT: 18
Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kmcnair on 12-13-2004)
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Photo of drabmuh
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Brad, served in a snifter. At the time of the review, this is the #5 beer on the "Top Beers - American Barleywine" list on beeradvocate.com.

Beer is dark amber / brown, hazy with a thin off white head of small bubbles. No lacing, low carbonation, low carbonation.

Beer smells like barrel, oak, wood, malt, raisins, plums. Smells really nice, in my face, strong, aggressive.

Beer is medium in body, creamy with a mildly dry finish. It is strong, fruity and malty. Very strong, nice finish, a very good beer.

Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of scottfrie
3.98/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have to thank the same guy I always thank for beers like this. Thanks Jeffy. 2007 vintage.

A: Pours a clear, deep, dark caramel color with a thin light tan head that faded into a faint collar.
S: Sweet and fruity smelling with hint of leafy hops, tobacco, brown sugar and hint of bourbon.
T: Flavors of raisin, caramel, oak, tobacco, vanilla, bourbon, barrel wood spices, sweet fruit juice and a bit of cocoa. Oak is strong in the finish along with some brown sugar and toast.
M: Full body, slick moutfeel, tingly but low carbonation. Booze is barely noticeable at this point and oh so smooth.
O: A great barley wine and an improvement on the original. Thanks ipa247.

Photo of ObeMaltKinobee
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of BraatenBrew
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of jkane101
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of doughanson78
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 vintage

A: Poured a murky brownish color with a light sediment presented, a light tannish cap

S: Still has a quantifiable amount of old spent oak spirals, Earthiness, light vanilla and booze

T: Still had some light residual sugar sweetness, with old wood, light vanilla and pinch of raisin remains

M: Medium to big body at this age with lower carbonation, some fading flavors, light booze and stickiness

O: Good but it is peaking IMO or has recently peaked

Photo of drowland
4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

6/26/10. Sampled at the Tally Tasting 2010, with HUGE thanks to fata2683. Could have used this as rating 1900, but I did like one brew better, so I’m using it for 1899. Aroma is AWESOME BA. Amazing buttery, vanilla, coconut, holy shit. The flavor will knock you over. Much the same but with wonderful sweet and dark fruits. Love it.

Photo of KAF
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of seeswo
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of rpaul2012
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of jophish17
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of ksherry112
5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of Franberry
5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -7.2%

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5/5  rDev +16%

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5/5  rDev +16%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of imperialking
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of jh1982
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of nanobrew
4/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of FosterJM
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

767th Review on BA
Bottle to snifter
750Ml Cap/Foil

2006 Vintage

@Woodshop Classix
Thanks to Adam for sharing!

App- A murky mix of browns. It's pretty flat as its poured being an older bottle but with a quick swirl you can build up a nice 1/2” of head. A nice bit of cling and spots as it falls.

Smell- This was a very nice nose on a barrel BW. Big amounts of the oak come through with the malts being very subtle and mostly the vanilla and caramel taking over.

Taste- For a bottle being aged and a BW this was very smooth. Most of the malts and juicyness were gone, instead replaced by the oak notes and a lot of vanilla and caramel sweetness.

Mouth- Medium bodied and a smooth low carb feel. Very creamy finish with a few bubbles and a ton of vanilla.

Drink- This was very damn tasty. I haven't had the Old Numbskull as a base beer yet, so this was quite a treat. Ill have to go pick up a bottle. Great imparted flavors on the beer and aged quite well.

Photo of BlackWednesday
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

170/223. Sampled with the MN crew at the Winter gathering. Bottle via trade from cbkschubert. aroma of sweet malt, toffee, huge wood influence, alcohol, vanilla and loads of bourbon spice. Pours thick amber with minimal carbonation or head. Boatloads of vanilla, charred wood and bourbon on the palate. Spice. Sweet charred caramel. Toffee. Creme brulee. Holy thickness! Chewy. Rich thick and oily.

AleSmith Old Numbskull - Barrel Aged from AleSmith Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 333 ratings.