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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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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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Photo of jkane101
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev -7%
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 +6.5%
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%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of FosterJM
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
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
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of tmoneyba
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured hazy reddish-brown hue with a large off-white frothy head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate complex aroma of bourbon, malt and caramel. Medium to heavy body with chewy malt texture and flat carbonation. Flavor is full complex sweet with the same complexity of moderate to long duration. This is one of the best.

Photo of ChadQuest
4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My pants fit tighter the moment i saw this bottle set down at the Alewatcher/Oreo fest. Thanks to Dan for this wild want.

Did i mention this is the 2004 batch.

Anyway, the body was pretty murky with alot of yeast, my pour was at about 1/2 bottle so i wasn't at the dregs zone at all. color was a brown leather color.
The aroma made me work to get the details, im not saying there wasn't alot of aroma, but it was just so packed together and the heat was present but somehow speaking second that it was like hearing 30 people whisper the same thing. Balanced and incorperated like only a well aged barleywine can achieve.
The flavors were the amplifier to these whispers and said without hesitation that toffee and cleanly fermented brown sugar would take the lead and the barrel heat would wait their turn. there was some great butterscotch flavors noticable along with caramel. delicious. who has a bottle to trade.
The mouthfeel was unique in that it was semi-viscious, but seemed soft, like how soft water is to hard water, it seemed...how to say it....puffed, whipped, just made more volumous. Like Silk,Velvet. Most likely from the hazy body i assume.

I would love to get another chance to try this, it was excellent...
I mean, it was horrible, trade me all your bottles for daisy cutter.

Photo of Sean9689
3.92/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle brought by me, 2007 Vintage, #117/449. Poured into Darkness snifter.

A - Pours a dark brown/reddish color, cream ring, with random whisps on top.

S - Dark fruits, huge oak/barrel, ever so slight hoppy bitterness, caramel, burnt sugars. Perhaps a little more oak-forward then I prefer but otherwise, pretty good.

T - Dark fruit, caramel, oak/barrel. Smooth booze, nice caramel sweetness, and the oak isn't quite as strong as the nose (that's a good thing).

M - Light to medium (a bit too thin), good carbonation, and creamy sweet finish.

O - I think I actually prefer the regular 2007 over the Barrel-Aged version. Perhaps a bit too much oak for me in this one. I wonder how the other years stack up to 2007? I guess I'll have to try them and see.

Photo of womencantsail
4.02/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I forgot to write it down, but I believe it was Paul who shared this 2007 bottle. Thanks!

A: The pour is sort of a murky dark amber/copper color with a small khaki head.

S: Moderate amounts of bourbon hit the nose followed by some vanilla and brown sugar. Plenty of caramel and toffee sweetness to go with it. No real hop character left at this point.

T: Surprisingly restrained bourbon from an Alesmith barrel aged beer. Vanilla, brown sugar, toffee, and bread, and yes, some bourbon too. Perhaps a hint of chocolate, and definitely a bit oxidized.

M: Medium to full in body with a moderate carbonation.

O: Not as overwhelming as some of the other Alesmith barrel aged releases, but quite good, and significantly better than the previous times I've had it.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Photekut for busting this out at the Jackie O's release. Served in a SAVOR snifter. 2006 vintage -- 48/208.

Pour yields a caramel-colored brew with a thin off-white head. Nose is filled with aromas of sweet bourbon, caramel, and a bit of brown sugar. Mild booze there as well. Flavor is not as integrated as the nose, but the bourbon is nice. Not terribly bourbon-forward, however. Also some caramel, sweet bread, and some brown sugar intermingling. Mouthfeel is medium with low carbonation and a bit of booze in the finish. A very excellent brew that I had wanted to try for some time. Thanks again, JR.

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