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AleSmith Old Numbskull - Barrel Aged - AleSmith Brewing Company

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353 Ratings
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Ratings: 353
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 7.91%
Wants: 383
Gots: 102 | FT: 18
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AleSmith Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: kmcnair on 12-13-2004

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at AleSmith Brewing Company in San Diego, CA.

Pours a murky dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, bourbon, and wood. Taste is much the same with a woody flavor and an alcohol kick on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp but medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a great aroma and some tasty barrel aged flavors.

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.44/5  rDev +3.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

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3.99/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750ml Bottle from 2005 - Thanks to Phyl21ca for sharing this

Appearance - Hazy copper/brown colour with almost no head. Hard to make out the level of carbonation and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for only seconds.

Smell - Malts, dark fruits, butterscotch/toffee, hint of chocolate

Taste & Mouth - There is a low amount of carbonation and I can taste malts mixed with some toffee/butterscotch. There is also a bit of a dark fruit taste and a woodiness mixed with a touch of chocolate. The booze lingered a bit on the finish but it was still very smooth.

Overall - Perhaps a bit past it's prime, but still a fantastic beer. The smell was amazing and with a little more carbonation this beer would have been even better. Glad I had the chance to try this.

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3.8/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep copper color ale with a light foamy head with minimal retention and minimal lacing. Aroma consists of sweet toffee and caramel notes with light cardboard notes and light bourbon notes. Taste is also dominated by sweet toffee notes with some caramel malt with some bourbon notes though not as much as expected. Light cardboard notes a re revealing that this bottle might be past its prime. Bourbon notes are not as dominant as I would have expected. Body is a little bit thin for style with medium carbonation and no apparent alcohol notes. Fell a bit short of my expectation but good nonetheless. It would be interesting to try a fresher bottle next time.

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4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2005 Vintage shared with HimerMan and mrand01 @ a recent bottle share.

Pours a murky caramel, deep copper-hued color with zero head; pretty much par for the course though after all these years.

Aromas begin with copious amounts of vanilla and dark caramel, almost dessert-like in sweetness. Then I get some toasty, sugar cookie and toffee. As it warms the barrel imparted aromas are more detectable highlighted by vanilla, brown sugar and light musty oak.

The tastes are quite lucious to say the least beginning with sweet vanilla bean, caramel, and sugar cookies. Toasted wood character emerges mid-palate. As it warms you get some dried dark fruits and some musty slightly oxidized toasty/bready malts.

The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with zero carbonation (pretty much still like wine). Finish is quite sticky and creamy.

Overall this was super even though I think it is slightly past it's prime. The oxidated notes and low carbonation hurt the overall experience but it's a deal breaker for this style. I would say consume this within 5 years for maximum enjoyment so it is still worth it to seek out the 2007 release but get it soon.

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4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks Brad!

The beer is hazy and appears brown to amber in color. The head is off white and thin. The aroma is bold and offers malt, booze, toffee, dark fruits. Very enticing. The flavor really delivers. A delightful beer to sip and savor. Medium to full bodied. Very malt forward and well balanced. A gem - I definitely recommend this beer.

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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3.97/5  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.

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AleSmith Old Numbskull - Barrel Aged from AleSmith Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 353 ratings.